A new chapter for the academy

Since 2007, The Dan Campbell Golf Academy has developed the talent of hundreds of young Phoenix area golfers and been pivotal in honing the skills of some of the top professional golfers on tour today.

As of Nov. 1, 2023, the academy will carry on the standard of instruction it is known for under a new brand—The Darren Hince Golf Academy at Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club in Cave Creek, Arizona.

“When I started this venture, I was dodging balls at the back of the range on what was effectively dirt,” said Dan Campbell, academy founder. “While I am proud of the progress the academy has made, I am profoundly prouder of the lives that have been affected through the great game I have been privileged to teach and coach.”

Early in his professional career, Darren Hince, a player Campbell coached, took an interest in teaching and coaching himself. This led to his becoming part of the academy in 2009. “Darren left nothing to chance in learning the business of golf instruction,” said Campbell. “As I move away from what was my brand, I’m excited to know that Darren will be taking over ownership of his own unique brand. The future, I know, holds many great things for the students and associates of The Darren Hince Golf Academy.”

As the director of instruction, and now the new owner and leader, Hince is excited for this opportunity to carry on the standards of instruction and nurture the atmosphere that he’s helped Campbell establish throughout the past 14 years.  “The DHGA will continue to place both the physical and mental well-being of the players at the forefront of our instruction,” said Hince.

He assures families and associates that while the name of the academy is changing, its mission to provide each of the golf students—no matter the experience level—with a fun, safe and caring environment to learn about the game of golf, offering them the opportunities needed to reach their personal goals. 

“I’d like to thank Dan Campbell for guiding me and showing me the ins and outs of golf instruction, and always putting the players’ needs and their well-being over monetary gain or business success,” Hince said.

As it continues in its tradition of excellence and growth, the DHGA will strive to increase its number of college scholarship players—currently at 11—who have earned more than $1.2 million in scholarships; its more than 300 local and national tournament wins; and its long list of high school players who have participated on teams to help earn multiple state championships. 

Campbell is being retained by the academy as the director of biomechanical movement and will continue to be a tremendous resource for its players. His more than 30 years of experience teaching throughout the world at player levels from beginner to PGA Tour winners is invaluable.

Patrick Bauer, who has been working closely with Hince, steps into the new role of lead instructor within the academy structure. Bauer will participate with all levels of players and remains in charge of the academy’s Future Elite Program.

For Bauer, Campbell and himself, Hince thanks the players, their families and academy associates for their continued support and trust in the DHGA.