Devan is the owner/operator of the Southern California Golf Academy in Carlsbad, Calif., located 35 miles north of San Diego. Recently named to Golf Digest’s list of the “Best Young Teachers in America” (Top Teachers Under 40), Devan has spent time around some top instructors in the game, including Jim Flick, Chuck Cook, Mike Bender, Hank Haney and Jim McLean.

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Southern California Golf Academy

Southern California Golf Academy

Carlsbad
, CA

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Devan is the owner/operator of the Southern California Golf Academy in Carlsbad, Calif., located 35 miles north of San Diego. Recently named to Golf Digest’s list of the “Best Young Teachers in America” (Top Teachers Under 40), Devan has spent significant time around some of the top instructors in the game, including the late Jim Flick, Chuck Cook, Mike Bender, Hank Haney and Jim McLean.

Under McLean, he worked as a Personal Teaching Assistant at the Jim McLean Golf School Miami and as a Master Instructor at the Jim McLean Junior Academy in Dallas/Ft. Worth, where he helped develop some of the best junior golfers in the country. As an assistant to McLean, he worked with such notable PGA and LPGA Tour players as Greg Norman, Keegan Bradley, Eric Compton, Vaughn Taylor and Lexi Thompson.

An accomplished player, Devan played his collegiate golf at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif., before transferring to San Diego State. It was shortly after graduation that he began coaching, landing his first teaching job with McLean at PGA West in La Quinta. Bonebrake’s teaching philosophy closely mirrors McLean’s 3-step system, that in order to improve you need to know: 1) exactly what you are currently doing, 2) what you want to do instead, and 3) what path will take you there.

Devan’s many teaching certifications include Trackman Master Professional, Hank Haney Associate Instructor, and Jim Hardy Plane Truth Instructor. He is also a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Golf Fitness Instructor (Level II) and Certified Sports Conditioning Specialist.

Southern California Golf Academy

Southern California Golf Academy

Carlsbad, CA

Carlsbad Golf Center, home to the Academy, features a 300-plus-yard-long driving range and 50-plus hitting bays with laser-measured target flags and a sloped landing area for better visibility. There’s also a real-grass putting and chipping green, sand bunker and synthetic grass putting surface for your short game and putting needs. The on-site club fitting facility has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the "Top 100 Club Fitting Facilities" in America every year since 2011.

Carlsbad golf coach Mike Maggs

Michael Maggs

Mike is the Director of Instruction for the Southern California Golf Academy. Another disciple of Jim McLean’s, Mike previously served as an Instructor at the PGA West Golf Academy and Jim McLean Golf School, both at PGA West La Quinta Resort and Spa. He also owned and operated the Maggs Golf Academy at the Golf Club at Terra Lago in Indio. Mike his proficient in a number of cutting-edge golf technologies, including TrackMan, GEARS, BodiTrak and V1 Pro video analysis.

Carlsbad golf coach Gary Nutt

Gary Nutt

A 40-plus year PGA member and past president of the South Central PGA Section, Gary brings his unparalleled experience in all aspects of golf to the Southern California Golf Academy. Known for his full-swing expertise, Gary will also be our resident short-game guru at SCGA. He joins us from PGA West where he was a Lead Instructor. Gary has taught or been head pro at a number of the top clubs both in the U.S. and Mexico, including Querencia and Cabo del Sol in Cabo, Mexico, and Moon Valley in Phoenix.