Desert Forest Golf Club to host annual Christian Athletes golf camp

For the second straight year, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be holding a five-day golf camp at Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree.

This year’s festivities will take place May 31 – June 4.

Designed specifically for young golfers, grades 7 through 12, the Arizona Golf Camp provides an opportunity for players to not only hone their skills in the game, but also connecting further with their spiritual well-being.

The FCA Golf Camp fosters the principles of playing golf as a game of fun that can be enjoyed for a lifetime and more importantly, teach its participants valuable life lessons. The camp offers insights into the sport for players of all skill levels.

The Arizona Golf Camp program features practice rounds, course management, golf psychology, putting, pitching, specialty shots, skills competitions, rules of golf, chipping, sand play, full swing and golf conditioning.

“Desert Forest Golf Club has been a magnificent partner with us on the Arizona Golf Camp. Their property stands alone as one of the finest in the country and our campers couldn’t be more thrilled to enjoy this wonderful golf course and its welcoming staff,” said Matthew Roop, PGA director of camps for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Ministry.

Campers and FCA staff members will be staying at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center, which is located adjacent to Desert Forest Golf Club for all their meals, activities and assemblies.  Adam Agee, lead singer of the group Audio Adrenaline, is back for the second consecutive year and is the camp’s musician.

One of the world’s foremost trick-shot artists and former golfer, Craig Hocknull, will once again serve as the camp’s director of instruction for the week. Mr. Hocknull is also a teaching professional at Desert Forest Golf Club and owner of the Outback Golf Academy at Western Skies Golf Club in Gilbert.

Recently recognized as the 2014 Southwest Section – PGA of America Teacher of the Year and Player Development Professional of the Year, Mr. Hocknull, a native Australian, is well sought after for his ever-popular trick-shot show, better known as “The Outback Golf Show.”

FCA Golf staff member and TOUR Canada TOURLIFE chaplain, Micah Brechtel will be serving as the camp chaplain for the week.  Mr. Brechtel a highly effective communicator and inspirational leader will help campers connect their faith with their lives and the game of golf.

New this year will be two off-site activities for the campers. First, they will visit the headquarters of PING and be welcomed to the Phoenix-based major club manufacturer by President and CEO John Solheim.

After a tour of the factory and the famous Golf Putter Vault, where tour winners have their PING putters cast in gold and stored on site, campers will embark on a trip across town to Top Golf, the multi-tiered modernistic driving range in Scottsdale.

For more information and how to register for the FCA Arizona Golf Camp at Desert Forest Golf Club, call 866-526-4653 or visit

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