Winchester Golf Academy is a purpose-built golf practice and teaching facility just outside Winchester. Our mission to provide everyone with a unique golfing experience. We pride ourselves on our high standards of service, expertise, and the quality of our facilities.

The story so far

The Browne family have farmed the land known as Down Farm for several generations. Simon took over the farm in 1980.

Farming is an unpredictable business, and being an entrepreneurial sort of chap Simon was soon looking for ways to diversify the farm’s revenue streams. One of the earliest projects was the construction of the equestrian hunter-trial course which eventually became Three Maids Chasers, and was our first foray into the leisure industry.

Simon and his wife Katie are both keen golfers, and one idea that they looked into in the 1990s was the construction of a golf course. For a number of reasons this idea never came to fruition, but the desire to move into the golf business never went away.

Fast forward to 2010. Katie was trying to improve her game and booked herself a lesson with a golf pro named Emma McBride. Simon had a lesson with Emma’s fiancé Gary Booth (now husband). As the friendship developed Simon and Katie learned of Gary and Emma’s ambition to open a golf academy, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Focus on family

Winchester Golf Academy is a family-run business, a collaboration between Simon and Katie Browne, PGA Professionals Gary and Emma Booth, and Simon and Katie’s three sons: George, Jim and Charlie, and daughter Holly.

Winchester Golf Academy was designed to fill a gap in the market for a first-class golf practice and coaching facility in the Winchester area. Winchester Golf Academy has family at its heart, so it makes sense that one of our values is inclusivity. We firmly believe that golf is for everyone, and we focus on creating a relaxed, friendly and welcoming atmosphere to everyone who steps through our doors.

Quality is key

We offer individual and group lessons with our PGA qualified golf professionals, as well as facilities for individual practice. We provide the same high standards of service to every customer, from the novice golfer to the experienced player.

Our facilities are of the highest quality – from the fully-flighted range balls to the mats in the bays; we invest in the best to make your experience the most enjoyable it can be.