There's No Place Like Home For Golf Practice Says Sky Sports' Simon Holmes

Sky Sports Golf presenter and exceptional coach, Simon Holmes, has taken his passion for the game to the next level with the conversion of his front garden into an all-weather golf practice area.

Working with global leaders in all-weather golf surfaces Huxley Golf, Simon can now refine his skills, coach more effectively and enjoy quality time with his family.

Thrilled with the result, Simon commented: “I have long recommended Huxley Golf greens to players that I have coached and I thought it was about time I had one of my own!  I only wish I’d done it sooner!

“Like many, my work and travel schedule means that I am quite time-strapped so the convenience of being able to chip and putt at home is a major benefit and I’m looking forward to it immensely. Importantly too, it will give my wife and I some real quality family time with our two boys, both of whom are very keen golfers.”

He continues: “It’s so hard to really work on your technique unless you have the perfect surface for feedback. My Huxley Golf green allows me, my family and my clients to focus on the mechanics of putting, understand slope and develop a feel for distance. The weather in the UK causes so many variations in the speed and quality of putting surfaces. Having a place you can go to, to iron out any kinks or work on your tempo and speed control is vital if you want to improve your game.”


Huxley Golf’s Will Alsop oversaw the project from beginning to end. He said: “We crafted a bespoke putting and chipping practice area to meet Simon’s exact requirements with three carefully thought-out hole positions, exacting contours and breaks on the greens. Its design enables maximum playability in a relatively compact space while visually complementing the family home – a key consideration since we were working in the front garden. The whole area measures approximately 15ft (4.5m) by 20ft (6m), bordered by a high density fringe surround.” 


Simon Holmes has coached over 80 tournament professionals that have together won over 50 titles and 2 majors. He is also a resident golf professional at The Wisley and has developed a proven golf tuition app.

Huxley Golf has installed personal golf practice facilities for many legendary golfers and celebrities, including Masters Champion Danny Willett, Sir Nick Faldo MBE, Sir Clive Woodward and the British Ladies number one Catriona Matthew MBE. Huxley Golf also works with many top-flight courses and resorts as well as training and coaching establishments, ranges and academies globally. For more information call 01730 829608 or fill in our contact form.

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