Nine years ago I moved back to SF (from Pacifica) and obtained my SF resident card. This enabled me to start playing my favorite golf course in the world, Harding Park. After bumping into some old friends, I started up a weekly twilight skins game every Friday afternoon. I hosted these games for six years free of charge to anyone that wanted to get in. The game quickly grew in popularity with an email list of over 80 golfers, adding new players almost every week.
Just over three years ago, I transitioned from a 15 year corporate sales career back to my true passion in life, working as a golf instructor. It was that decision that forced me rethink the time I was putting in to hosting skins games as well as my costs involved. I decided (after months of trepidation) to start to charge a nominal membership fee of $60 per quarter to continue to provide the service. I also added two additional games to include Sat and Sun. During this time 20 players or so signed up every quarter and stuck with me. Those players are the ones that kept this game alive and growing these last 3 years.
I want to sincerely thank those 20 or so loyal members (you know who you are). Clearly you saw the value of me scheduling/managing games for you to play in, three days a week! Not to mention the quality of person and level of Player this game attracts.
I hope I’ve been a positive influence and perhaps even helped grow the game a little. I know many of you might never have met one another if not for this game. I’d also speculate we might not be as good a player as we are today, thanks to having hers weekly competitions.
I am extremely grateful to have gotten to know so many players, current and past, from hosting and playing regularly in these games.
Hosting, managing and playing skins games is not only time consuming but also costly. The required communications and commitments that go into scheduling games with golf courses, players, collecting and distributing winnings, handling pairings, special requests, raising donations etc…takes up a lot of my time. I love playing in these games like you and for me there’s nothing better then being with 20-30 really cool golfers (like you) to play the greatest game in the world on great courses…for a little hard earned CASH. Certainly gives us all a good reason to get out and practice.
I plan to continue to host skins games, I just won’t be obligating myself to three games per week and/or doing it on a quarterly membership basis any longer. The end of May concludes the current quarter. As has been customary and thanks to Jim K, we just had 28 players competing at Olympic for over $1700 in cash and prizes as well as 28 players at Silverado in April.
Starting in June, anyone interested in playing in games that I schedule/host will have to do so by:
1. Creating an account on my web site. Just go to www.edmundsgolfschool.com
then click “start here” and create an account. It’s free. Note: best to use Google Chrome.
2. Once you’ve created an account on the site select: “Book Skins Game” which will enable you to view and choose individual games that you would like to play in.
There’s a few videos in there that might even help you play a little better 🏌🏿.
Once you’ve booked a skins game spot, you’re in for that game, there are no refunds. My goal is to fill every game PRIOR to day-of-play. This will enable me to provide an accurate count to the golf courses and not cause any loss of revenue (also eliminates the weekly fire drill of late entries/arrivals).
Each game will cost a $10 convenience fee to secure your spot in any game. Some rates may be higher based on demand, venue or size of purse/prizes. High profile games and/or which I am providing additional prizes, will cost a little more.
If you’re interested, please register and check out what’s coming up in June. Once the spots for each game are booked, that particular game will be full. I plan to continue to host games mostly at HP, HMB, Metropolitan and Lincoln with quarterly games at Olympic, Silverado and others.
Hope to tee it up with you soon.