Testimonials for Course Management
Former Employer (Golf Club Director)
Please accept this
as my unequivocal endorsement of
Bruce Helbig. I have known Bruce for approximately 25 years,
and during this time Bruce has held positions in both the
Haileybury Golf Club and the New Liskeard Golf Club, as
General Manager and Golf Professional.
During his years at Haileybury Golf Club, Bruce effectively
turned a mediocre 9-hole golf course into the most scenic
and challenging course in our area. He spearheaded a
campaign to improve the playability and enjoyment of this
course by the implementation of an irrigation system and
other course improvements such as the leveling of fairways
and bringing the greens to a never-before-seen level of
play. Bruce further revamped the Pro Shop and Club House
with cosmetic and structural improvements that brought them
into the 21st century.
After nearly 10 years at Haileybury, Bruce moved on to the New Liskeard Golf Course
where he set upon a similar agenda that has seen an
improvement in the marketability of NLGC to the public, as a
premier 18-hole golf course, that draws players from
incredible distances to play our tournaments, or to just
enjoy an 18-hole course that challenges all levels of skill.
As a former Director of Tournaments at NLGC, I can certainly
attest to Bruce's past commitment to golf in our area. He is
an outstanding player who holds the NLGC course record and has
won our club championship and our Men’s Civic Tournament on
numerous occasions. I personally have received several
lessons from Bruce as a golf pro and can again attest to his
professionalism, teaching style, and being able to work with
my less than perfect swing. The results I obtained from
these sessions far exceeded my expectations, and certainly
increased my enjoyment of the game.
It is for these and many
more reasons that I believe Bruce Helbig will be a
valuable addition to the management team of any course that
he works for.
Former Director, New Liskeard Golf Club
New Liskeard, Ontario
Former Client (Golf Club Member),
Former Employee in Golf
I had the pleasure of
working with Bruce Helbig for three years on the
resurrection of my once reasonably competent golf game and,
in that capacity, found his teaching methods to be
exceptional and effective.
I was a former
assistant pro who gave up the game for over 38 years, and
Bruce has done much to bring back some of my former skills.
As a member of the New Liskeard Golf Club, I have also been
able to observe Bruce's general managerial skills which showed
insight, proactive planning and competent follow-through.
Lastly, for someone who worked in the golf industry in days
of yore, I can say that Bruce’s running of the pro shop and
its business was exemplary and very satisfying to the club
A very competent professional.
Owen J R Smith, QC
Smith Contant McBride
New Liskeard, Ontario
Former Employer (Golf Club President), Former Student
Bruce has a keen interest in many things and a love for all
aspects of the game of golf. He was one of the elite
golfers in our area for nearly thirty years.
His greatest attribute as a teacher of the game was his
ability to observe. His humor and dedication towards
improving my putting is something I will always remember.
Golfers who were serious about improving their game knew
Bruce could hone their skills.
We will miss Bruce in our area as a golf course manager as
he was successful in implementing many improvements that
made for a smoother running golf course. Personally, I will
miss Bruce as a friend.
Former President, New Liskeard Golf Club
Testimonials for Coaching
Former Student (All-American Status)
I have known Bruce since a very young age and we have become
very great friends over the years. From the time I
wanted to take golf seriously, Bruce was right beside
educating me with his insights on the game of golf, and
encouraging me with his supportive words. The lessons
he taught me on the course were transferable into everyday
life and a lot of what I learned from Bruce I still apply
techniques weren’t “cookie cutter,” like most these days.
He recognized my strengths and my learning style and he
taught accordingly. I learned the most important
aspects of the game, how to get the ball in the hole and how
to have fun doing it.
It wasn’t about
the perfect golf swing, it was about “your own” perfect golf
swing and what worked best for you. Bruce had so much
knowledge of the game and of the swing that he used totally
different teaching methods from one person to the next.
It was through these methods that I learned to play high
caliber golf and compete on a National and International
level as a junior golfer.
Growing up in
Northern Ontario, it is very difficult to get the exposure
needed to continue a golf career beyond that of a junior but
Bruce made sure that would not be the case for me.
From days where he would take me to Toronto (a 5 hour
drive!) to meet influential people in the golf industry, to
recommendations and references to some of the most
prestigious amateur golf tournaments all over Canada, Bruce
made sure I had all the tools necessary to control my own
moving away to play golf at a US College, Bruce never failed
to keep track on my progress and give me guidance when
needed. After a great college career with 10
tournament victories and All-American Honors, I decided to
follow my life-long dream to turn professional and play on
the mini tours in the Southern US. All of this made
possible by one of the most influential people I have ever
met on or off the course. If it wasn’t for Bruce
Helbig, I would not be doing what I love to do every single
Former Student, Former Client (Golf Club Member)
I have known Bruce Helbig for thirty years and accessed his
abilities in all aspects of golf many times. Bruce is an
excellent teacher. He makes golf friendly and fun for
I have witnessed Bruce's management abilities at two golf
courses where I have held membership. His acute business
acumen has resulted in positive results for both ventures.
Bruce is well respected in the golfing community in Ontario.
He has represented himself and the organisations he worked
for with the utmost grace and respect.
Bruce is an absolute advocate of the game and the challenges
facing it today.
Bruce respects the rules that have governed the game for
centuries but has been innovative before it was fashionable
in ideas such as forward tees to maintain interest and
I have enjoyed Bruce's company on the golf course as a
friend in regular weekly competitions, (foursomes), which
are the backbone of the game. These occasions were so
enjoyable, I would include them in the best times of my
life. Camaraderie, friendship, laughter and honesty are
paramount in Bruce's' life and make spending time with him
something everyone finds precious.
Dennis Howard, District President
OSSTF, Ontario North East
Former Student, Golf Club President
I have known Bruce for more than 25 years. As
a longtime client, I know his skills as a manager and coach
- he would be a major asset to any golf course. He is an
extremely presentable, pleasant and courteous person, with
the patience and teaching skills to work with golfers of all
ages and skill levels.
Kirkland Lake, Ontario
I have had the
privilege of knowing Bruce most of my young life on and
around the Northern Ontario golf community.
Many young golfers like myself have looked to Bruce for
guidance in the development of their golf game. As a
junior golfer, I had many conversations on and off the range
with Bruce over the years. His experience and his
straightforward approach is always appreciated and I feel
helped me improve and excel at this game.
Bruce has been a very important person in the golf industry
in Northern Ontario for many decades and I am fortunate to
be able to call him a friend. His knowledge and
professionalism is first class, and his ability to help his
students improve will not go unnoticed.
Thanks for all your help over the years, Bruce.
Former NCAA Division 1 Golfer
Former Student, Former Client (Golf Club Member)
I have known Bruce for the past 25 years
while living in Haileybury, Ontario. I have dealt with Bruce
as a member of the Haileybury golf course and have had great
dealings over the years. My son Jonathan was very fortunate
to have Bruce to mentor him in his junior golf days and it
has paid dividends towards making him a much better person
On a business side, I worked with Bruce when I sponsored
many golf events and supplied his golf shop with food for
I highly recommend Bruce as he will be a great asset to any
club that hires him. I wish Bruce all the luck and I am sure
the community will embrace him once they see the expertise
that he brings.