Book Review: Bryan Skavnak’s Happy Golfer

Plymouth's own children's golf pro-turned-author finds peace and inspiration on the greens.
Bryan Skravnak works closely with kids and adults who are interested in golf.

Drive by Parker’s Lake Golf Center on any given summer morning, and you are bound to see Bryan Skavnak working closely with kids and adults who have come to learn the finer points of the game of golf. Skavnak is the Plymouth-based author of The Happiest Golfer, and owner of the Bryan Skavnak Golf Academy, which for the past 13 years has taught kids and adults how to have more fun, smile more and have the confidence to perform exceptionally by showing them that score doesn’t matter—but people do.

“I’ve tried to help thousands of golfers (and non-golfers) achieve their dream of being happier and more confident by revealing how to surround themselves with a team of good people and embrace how the game of golf can improve relationships,” says Skavnak, who has stacked five golf balls on top of each other and can dance to N ‘SYNC’s Bye, Bye, Bye—and most likely will do one of these when you meet him.

Last year Plymouth Magazine noted that Skavnak was named one of the Top 50 Master Kids Teachers in the world by U.S. Kids Golf (see the May 2011 issue or check it out in the archives online at and has been a member of the Professional Golfer’s Association of America (PGA) since 2005. He is also founder of The Daddy Caddy, Minnesota’s best parent/child golf event.