Paul's Biography

Paul Holtby, PGA

Playing Experience: Paul has been involved with the game of golf for over 40 years. He was born and raised in Simi Valley, CA, and boasts an impressive golfing resume that includes: a successful junior golf career in the SCPGA and VCJGA; a college career at UCSBSix PGA Tour eventsThree European Tour eventsOver 20 events on the Nationwide Tour (now called the tour);  and several visits to the PGA Tour Qualifying School.

He was successful at five Monday qualifiers in a row in consecutive years, which put him in the field at the Buick Invitational held at Torrey Pines G.C. in San Diego, CA and the Nissan Open held at Riviera C.C., LA, CA,on the PGA Tour and the Mark Christopher Charity Classic on the Nationwide Tour. There were only two spots available in all the qualifiers. 

Paul also won the Golf Channel’s Big Break IV which was filmed in Scotland at Carnoustie Golf Club. After winning, Paul played in three European Tour Events in Portugal, Wales and Austria.

Paul  won the title of “Player of the Year” in the SCPGA which includes all golf professionals in Southern California.


Introduction to Golf : Paul first picked up a club at age 10 and began playing regularly at 14. Golf became one of his many sporting endeavors. He excelled in sports and always seemed to play the glamour positions-quarterback, pitcher, center and half back in soccer and says that’s why the individuality of golf ultimately won him over. “I like that you, alone, are responsible for your successes and failures,” he said. “You reap what you sow.” Of course, being good at the game did not hurt either. 

Paul played in junior golf competitions as a youngster and was able to post a score of 65 at Diamond bar G.C. after only a year and a half of experience. This round confirmed that this would be the sport pursuit he was to follow.


Education: After high school, Paul earned a BA degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from UCSB after playing college golf on scholarship for four years. He also received the Student Athlete Achievement Award. 

Certifications: He became a PGA Class A member in 1997 and has been a member of the Titleist Players Advisory Staff since 1988. He has earned the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Golf Professional Fitness Instructor (GPFI) Level One and Level Two Certifications in 2008 and Level Two Bio-Mechanics Certification in 2009. He also holds the title as an   Titliest Certified Advanced Club Fitter since 2007 and became a Certified Putting Instructor through Frankly Golf in 2011.

He has been nominated as “Teacher of the Year” for the last five years in the NC-SCPGA.  He earned the title of
“Teacher of the Year” in 2009, 2014 and 2019.  He has also been nominated for “Teacher of the Year” in the SCPGA for numerous years. 

Student Successes: Paul takes pride in his students successes and specializes in Personal Golf Development. He offers private developmental programs at the Golf Development Complex, LLC Learning and Training Center in Moorpark, CA and On Course Lessons at Tierra Rejada G.C.

One grand testament of Paul’s commitment to instruction was seen when he designed and built a $ 40,000 private teaching area at the east end of the Golf Development Complex, LLC Learning and Training Center. The area includes: a putting green,  bunker, tee line and lie board. It is only available to Paul’s  students.

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