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Outback Junior Academy

Outback Junior Academy

Great Golf Coaching For Juniors!

"As a junior golfer I aspired to play college golf in America and to be a Tour Player. How about you? The Outback Junior Academy Team of dedicated and determined coaches to help you achieve your goals and be the best person and player you can be. There is so much to being a highly skilled and wise young player and our program and coaches are here to support you the entire way!" - Coach Craig

High Level Junior Coaching

  • Are you dedicated?
  • Are you determined?
  • Is golf your number one sport?
  • Do you want to or currently play on your highschool team?
  • Do you want to play college golf?
  • Do you aspire to play golf professionally?


Outback Junior Academy

Freedom Golf Course - Mesa, Arizona

Outback Golf Academy Director Craig Hocknull represented his high school the Kooralbyn International School (where the following players also attended Adam Scott, Jason Day, Steven Bowditch) his state (Queensland), his university (Jackson State University) and in 2011 after a 13 year teaching career he played in the gruling 14 round PGA Tour Qualifying School and earned membership to the then Nationwide Tour now Web.com Tour. Craig also competed in the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour.

After achieving countless successes at every level of competition in the game of golf, Coach Craig Hocknull created the Outback Golf Academy and subsequently the Outback Junior Academy. Under Hocknull's supervision the coaching staff of the Outback Junior Academy are just as dedicated and determined as the players and are committed to helping each player achieve their dreams in golf!

Junior Academy Benefits:

  • Weekly Individual Coaching
  • Tuesday's and Thursday's 4pm - 6pm
  • On Course, Full Swing, Short Game, Mental Game and Confidence Coaching
  • Team Coaching Environment
  • Regular Club Fitting Sessions
  • Club repair and alterations
  • Equipment Discounts
  • PGA Tour Phoenix Open Field Trip
  • LPGA Tour Founders Cup Field Trip
  • Symetra Tour Field Trip
  • Physical Assessment
  • Mental Strength Assessment
  • Use of Titleist Pro V1 balls for shortgame lessons and practice
  • Saber Golf training tool and video training plan

How To Get Started:

  • New Student Tour and Interview
  • Family Meeting
  • Monthly or Semester Plan Enrollment
  • Family and Player Goal Setting
  • Individual Coaching Plan
  • Equipment Evaluation
  • Athletic Evaluation
  • On Course Evaluation

Our goal is to grow determined young golfers into mature and skilled college golfers with aspirations to play on a professional tour. There are so many great life lessons learned through the game of golf: 

Self Control

and the list goes on and on! We are dedicated to assisting both teens and pre-teens who are driven to succeed in the game of golf.

We are passionate about helping you uphold great family values and educational excellence. Golf is a great game but we understand that a great education allows your students to play more golf.



Freedom Golf Course - Mesa, AZ Alma School / Hwy 60

Tuesday's 4pm - 6pm

Thursday's 4pm - 6pm

4 hours of coaching per week: Monthly Fee: $400 Semester Fee: $1200

Freedom Golf Course




Freedom Golf Course

Spring 2017: January 15th - May 1st

Tuesday 4:00-6:00

Thursday 4:00-6:00pm

Dedicated and Determined Juniors Aged 12 - 17

2016 Summer Tournament Schedule

June and July

Summer break is for focusing on tournaments. Players will have access to coaches on an as needed basis for private lessons. 

2017 Fall Season -Freedom Golf Course

August 15 -  November 15

Excluding Fall Break


2017 Fall Break Camps


Freedom Golf Course

Winter Break Camps

November 15th - January 15th

Excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas

Winter Field Trip

Phoenix Open PGA Tour Event