Sky Sports Golf presenter and respected tour coach Simon Holmes has taken his passion for the game to the next level by converting of his front garden into an all-weather practice area.
Working with Huxley Golf, Holmes can now refine his skills, coach more effectively and enjoy quality time with his family.
Holmes 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.”
He added: “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 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, who oversaw the project from beginning to end, 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 by 20ft, bordered by a high-density fringe surround.”
Holmes has coached over 80 tournament professionals that have together won over 50 titles and two 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 top-flight golfers, including Nick Faldo, Danny Willett and Catriona Matthew. The company also works with many golf clubs and resorts, as well as training and coaching establishments, ranges and academies. For more information call 01730 829608 or visit www.huxleygolf.com.