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THE 5 BEST GOLF COACHES IN TORONTO

5 BEST GOLF COACHES IN TORONTO
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THE 5 BEST GOLF COACHES IN TORONTO

Whether you're a beginner golfer, a weekend warrior, or even dreaming of going pro, a golf coach is your ultimate ticket to unleashing your full swing! 

These pros are not just great players; they're experts in instruction and guiding you to improve your game and performance. Golf coaches undergo specialised training, becoming certified instructors who cater to students of all ages, levels, and abilities with personalised programs. So tee up and watch those bogeys turn into birdies with these golf gurus by your side!

How We Chose the Best Golf Coaches in Toronto

How Much Do Golf Coaches Cost in Toronto?

A one-hour adult private session with a professional golf coach can cost anywhere between $150 and $250. The price may vary based on the instructor’s skill level, demand, package deals, group rates, and other factors.

Experience: We selected golf coaches with extensive experience in the sport and who are certified members of the Professional Golfers’ Association in Canada (CPGA).
Coaching Style: We carefully assessed their teaching approach and ability to tailor lessons to suit the unique needs of their students.
Flexibility: We considered their availability and how easily they can schedule lessons, as well as the accessibility of the locations where they conduct these sessions.
Tools & Equipment: We chose coaches with access to high-quality golfing equipment and golf courses. Additionally, they utilise technology such as GPS tracking and golf simulators to track progress and provide valuable feedback accurately.
Session Inclusions: We thoroughly evaluated the quality and structure of their teaching programs based on feedback from previous students.
Professional Fees: We considered their fee structure in relation to the value of their teaching and compared their rates with those of other golf coaches.

1. Nick Starchuk

Nick Starchuk's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://nickstarchuk.com/
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CONTACT DETAILSPHONE: (905) 510-4172
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Nick Starchuk is a highly sought-after Class-A instructor based in Oakville with over 20 years of coaching experience. From beginners to National Team members, Nick has worked with a variety of levels. His passion for golf started during his junior days, securing several wins as an athlete scholar at Kentucky State University.

Nick’s expertise extends to developing programs for well-known golf clubs across Canada the likes of TPC Toronto and Glen Abbey Golf Club. As a coach and Game Development Specialist, he has built a solid network of trainers, doctors, and key professionals to enrich his understanding of the sport. 

He combines a holistic teaching approach with cutting-edge technology like Foresight Sports to tailor programs for each student. With flexible summer lessons, studio, and online options, Nick offers a fully-rounded coaching experience. He also provides dedicated putting lessons, fitting, and a competitive junior development program for aspiring pros.

Pros

  • Effective and easy-to-grasp methods
  • Fully-equipped training studio
  • Multi-certified coach with a diversified background
  • Updated and deep knowledge of golf
  • 2013 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Active in NCAA and professional tours of golf

Cons

  • High-end rates
  • In-demand services limit availability

Customer Reviews

A great communicator

“Nick is a great communicator and makes it really easy to understand what he is trying to teach. Having done a session in winter and another one in April, I would highly encourage anyone who is on the fence but wants to improve to take the full-day session. You won’t regret it (although your body will tell otherwise after hitting so many range balls). I am looking forward to being able to take the revamped swing on the course!” – owu23 (Tour Pro from Oakville), Toronto Golf Nuts Forum

I am hitting the ball longer, purer, and more consistently than ever before!

“Nick is awesome! He comes over to help his students when he sees them at the range. He saw me hitting my driver on the range and came over to chat. In just 2 mins, he changed my drive from a high slice to a sweet baby draw (30 yds instant increase)! Since I started working with him, I am hitting the ball longer, purer, and more consistently than ever before!” – vijay (Tour Pro from Mississauga, Toronto Golf Nuts Forum

2. Sean Burke

Sean Burke's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://www.tpgolfacademy.com/
ADDRESS5501 Trafalgar Rd, Milton, ON L9E 0Z5
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILSPHONE: (416) 831-9389
OPERATING HOURSDaily: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

After a successful run as a student-athlete at Ohio Valley University, Sean Burke’s passion for golf only grew stronger. With a Conference Championship and several victories under his belt, he ventured into coaching and caddying on the PGA and LPGA tours. He has gained invaluable experience, including working with famous pro golfer Sarah Kemp. 

Working with diverse students, including women, he earned a Class A designation from the PGA and established the TOUR Performance Golf Academy at Piper’s Heath Golf Club in 2016.

Sean’s teaching approach is grounded in key fundamentals like grip, proper form, and fitness, among others. He understands that each individual’s swing requires a unique blueprint for pitching, putting, and ball striking. 

From junior golfers aged 6 to 18 to winter and summer lessons for adults, including dedicated classes for ladies, Sean offers comprehensive programs tailored to every golfer.

Pros

  • Offers monthly online and indoor/winter lessons
  • Broad range of classes and customised programs
  • Adaptable and friendly approach to teaching all ages
  • PGA and TrackMan certified
  • Specialises in junior golf
  • Experienced LGPA Tour coach and caddy

Cons

  • Expensive on-off lessons for adults
  • Located at GTA’s west end

Customer Reviews

Phenomenal experience with great results

“I just wrapped up my final lesson for the season and for the second year in a row have had a phenomenal experience with great results. Instructions and advice are adapted to how the student learns and adjusted for all ages and levels. I definitely recommend lessons whether it’s for a refresher or learning the sport.” – Zoriana Workun, Google Reviews

Really cares about his students and is very generous with his time

“Sean is patient and has a keen eye for detail.  He is able to identify his students’ strengths and weaknesses then communicate to them what they need to do in order to enhance their games.  Sean also uses various techniques to improve the mental and physical aspects of his students’ games; and, to keep the lessons lively. We’ve worked with other instructors but Sean has shown us that he really cares about his students and is very generous with his time.  Lastly, he is not only a fantastic golf instructor but is knowledgeable in all aspects of golf as well.” – Steven Fung, Google Reviews

3. Matt Kane

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WEBSITEhttp://www.mkpga.com/

https://www.drivenpga.com/home

ADDRESS4090 Ridgeway Dr. Unit 3, Mississauga, ON L5L 5X5
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILSPHONE: (416) 827-6955
OPERATING HOURSDaily: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

It all started in 1987 when Matt Kane’s father introduced him to the sport. Matt brings nearly 40 years of golf instruction experience to the table, backed by certifications from Titleist, Scotty Cameron, and Bob Vokey Wedge.  

Entering college, he earned an NCAA scholarship and later worked with golf greats like Larry Nelson and his coach Bert Seagraves, Jack Nicklaus, and Sam Snead, among others. Though a wrist injury cut his competitive career short, he fully embraced teaching.

Learning from legends, PGA Tour winners, and students shaped Matt’s understanding and approach to teaching golf. This helped him develop a holistic method that balances technical fundamentals and the mind. 

His students range from aspiring athletes to recreational and competitive amateurs. He offers inclusive outdoor and indoor lessons, along with equipment assessment and fitting at Modern Golf. He also owns and operates Driven Performance Golf Academy, a state-of-the-art indoor facility.

Pros

  • Extensive teaching experience of 35+ years
  • Holds multiple certifications
  • Fitting, ball, and equipment specialist
  • Proven experience in Tour golf
  • High-tech indoor facility
  • Accepts all levels of amateur golf

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer online courses
  • Located at west Mississauga

Customer Reviews

A great communicator able to break concepts and ideas down in different ways

“I have been working with Matt for a few years now and he has really helped my game.  Matt is a great communicator able to break concepts and ideas down in different ways to help you understand.  He has been very flexible with scheduling and is very genuine, a great guy that I consider a good friend. He has also been amazing coaching my son who has made huge strides in his game.” – Matt Harquail, Google Reviews

Matt is a true class act and one of the best people you can find

“Matt is an excellent instructor and makes the golf swing so easy to understand. Within the first few lessons, I can already feel tremendous improvement with my tempo, impact, control, and distance! I am very enthused to continue with Matt and cannot wait to show my golf buddies how much I improved during the course of the winter months. Above all, Matt is a true class act and one of the best people you can find. It is with great pleasure that I can call him my friend.” – Eugene Ma, Google Reviews

4. Larry Cheung

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WEBSITEhttps://larrycheunggolf.com/
ADDRESS115 York Blvd #10a, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3B4
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CONTACT DETAILS[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSDaily: 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM

If you’re eager to elevate your golf game and in-person coaching isn’t enough, Larry Cheung might be the coach to try. He offers comprehensive lessons both on the field and online, with detailed video references and resources for practice between sessions.

Launching his coaching business in 2015, Larry excels in both teaching channels. He was under the tutelage of some of Toronto’s best coaches, including Nick Starchuk, who is also featured on this list. Now, Larry is one of GTA’s most popular instructors, known for his results-driven approach to teaching golf.

Larry teaches all levels and even offers virtual lessons to students worldwide. You can choose from one-off sessions, weekly lessons, monthly programs, or yearly programs for all ages. 

Pros

  • Excellent communication style
  • Genuine commitment to achieving results
  • Proven track record of students with improved skills
  • Highly-responsive and approachable
  • Affiliated with Tour Experience Golf

Cons

  • Premium rates
  • No Tour golf experience
  • Not CPGA-certified

Customer Reviews

He will take you on a journey of improvement

“If you trust Larry he will take you on a journey of improvement. With his instruction I have made great gains: I’m consistently striking the ball better, have a repeatable swing that is not based on timing, and can hit the ball further than I could before with better control and accuracy.” – Graeme Wilson, Google Reviews

Practical and doesn’t overwhelm you with a million technical details

“Larry is awesome! I’ve been playing golf and taking lessons for the better part of 20 years and I can honestly say Larry is the best instructor I’ve ever worked with. His advice is practical and he doesn’t overwhelm you with a million technical details but rather gives you a few concrete things to work on each time you see him. He also makes great use of the most cutting edge technology (launch monitors, etc.) which makes for an even better learning experience.” – Jonah Goldberg, Google Reviews

5. Jason Helman

Jason Helman's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://www.jasonhelmangolf.com/
ADDRESS7755 Warden Avenue, Markham, Ontario L3R 0N3
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILSPHONE: (905) 925-0129
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Thursday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Award-winning and Class A CPGA instructor Jason Helman boasts a remarkable track record in golf instruction spanning over 25 years. His numerous accolades include recognition by the PGA as a Canada Professional Development Recipient and Teacher of the Year. Jason holds PGA certification at levels one through four and runs one of Canada’s finest Elite Junior Programs.

At Clublink’s Wyndance Golf Club, Jason offers a diverse range of courses, including virtual lessons, winter programs, Tour professional coaching, and junior coaching. From young learners as little as five years old to high-caliber players on the PGA Tours and Symetra Tour, he has worked with students of all capacities.

Most of his programs require a monthly commitment, ensuring a solid foundation in the sport. Jason’s preferred approach involves building a strong rapport with his students, offering a personalised and engaging experience.

Pros

  • Reasonable rates
  • Specialised packages for all levels
  • Mult-awarded PGA instructor
  • Committed and holistic approach
  • 25+ years of teaching experience

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer one-time private sessions
  • Far from Central Toronto (Uxbridge)

Customer Reviews

I am hitting it further and straighter than I ever have before

“Jason is a great golf coach (and may also be considered a miracle worker based on where my swing was to where it is now). I found Jason with my swing in absolute shambles – having lost total confidence in my swing I was shanking everything…barely getting the ball in the air. After only 4 lessons I went from a big over-the-top swing to a consistent swing from the inside. This almost 15-degree change in swing path has completely changed my game. I am hitting it further and straighter than I ever have before.” – James Allison, Google Reviews

Made a world of difference in my putting game and decision-making

“I’d been stuck at a 15 handicap for several years, and not for lack of play. I took 6 lessons with Jason and got my index down to 9.5. He added 30 yards to my driver, 10 yards to my irons and increased the quality of ball striking. He also made a world of difference in my putting game and decision-making. HIGHLY recommend.” – Ryan Gennaro, Google Reviews