Every year around Thanksgiving I yearn for the excitement of watching The Skins Game. For 23 years I watched the greats of golf.. like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus… playing one-on-one Skins. The Skins to me..and millions of other avid golfers…was Real Golf.
Over time the likes of Tiger Woods, David Duval, Phil Mickelson and Mark Omeara battled it out as a foursome.
But, there was never…ever…anyone who could play The Skins the way Mr. Couples couples could play The Skins. Even the great Annika Sörenstam, who attempted to beat the boys during The Skins Game, couldn’t get past Fred Couple’s dominance.
Oh the good ol’ days, From 1983 to 2008, those were awesome days for golf on TV. They started playing The Skins around the Palm Springs area starting in 1985.
So what happened to The Skins Game?
Larry Bohannan of the Desert Sun wrote, in a recent article, the history of The Skins game; Skins Game golf was a major part of Thanksgiving in the desert.
There seems to always be talk about bringing The Skins back, but would it be the same? No, but if someone could raise enough money to get the Professional Golfers attention, the fans would certainly follow. And where there are fans there are sponsors who would foot the bill. Golf fans today seem to be interested in the One Shot reward game of golf. Take the Birds News at the Phoneix Open…nowhere…not even in Football…is there any place that gets louder…per square foot of area…than the 16th Hole of the TPC of Scottsdale during the winter time classic, The Phoneix Open. That environment of excitement gets close to how each hole of The Skins Game felt.
Guess one can dream that The Skins Game would come back…I know I certainly do.
Having just returned from my pilgrimage to the Coachella Valley of California I got to play a couple of the golf courses used for The Skins Games. For 23 years The Skins, as it was fondly called around my parts, were played at a large number of the golf courses in Palm Springs area. These courses are still proud of that event.
Maybe one day The Skins will come back to Palm Springs during Thanksgiving…I’d give thanks for that!
Let me know how I can help.