Current Captains

Here you can read more about our 2022 Captains & President.

David Whittington


Before joining Hanging Heaton Golf Club, I played society golf for several years and as my love for the game increased, I realised I needed to join a club to get the most out of the game.

I played at a few local clubs, but it was only after coming here, meeting the members and visiting the clubhouse, I knew this was the place for me.

In 2017 I was selected as Rabbit’s Captain and thoroughly enjoyed my year representing the biggest section in the Club, never imagining one day I would be asked to be Club Captain.

1922 what a significant year in the Club’s history. When the founder members got together and first discussed starting a golf club it must have seemed like a daunting task, forming a golf club from scratch, laying out a course and establishing rules and a constitution. 

From those humble beginnings, the founder members would never have dreamt what we have evolved into today. A fantastic golf club, with a great reputation and a desire to keep improving our facilities.

Thanks go to the Centenary Committee and volunteers, we have a year packed with celebratory events both on the course and in the Clubhouse, and I would like to invite all members to participate in as many of these events as possible to help make this a memorable year in our Clubs history.

I am honoured and privileged to have been selected as your  Captain in this our Centenary year and will do my best to fully represent all sections of our Club.

Judi Brooke


Judi’s introduction to golf took place in the form of a golf lesson in August 2012 under the expert guidance of our golf professional Gareth.

 After a period of what Judi describes as fun and interesting lessons, Judi decided to take the plunge and join the Club as a full playing member in January 2013

Judi was made to feel welcome from the moment she joined the Club and this encouraged her to become more and more involved in the club, becoming a Committee member and is current social chair.

Judi was Lady Captain in 2019 and is delighted to have been given the opportunity to represent the Ladies Section as Lady Captain once again in this our special Centenary year.

Having encountered  a difficult 2 years Judi hopes that all members and friends at Hanging Heaton are able to return to enjoying their golf, Club events and the refreshments provided in the 19th hole.


Neil Bates


Neil was late in taking up the game of golf, as a youngster his passion was fishing. From catching his first fish at the tender age of 3 Neil went on to fish in the all England Junior Finals from age 9-14. Whilst fishing brought some fantastic times, Neil wishes he had taken up golf at a younger age.

Neil has been a member of Hanging Heaton Golf Club for 11 Years and enjoys Hanging Heaton so much he wouldn’t contemplate joining any other Club. It was a great honour and privilege when Paul asked me to be his Vice Captain, especially in this, our Centenary year.

Whilst the past 2 years have been affected by the Covid Pandemic Neil is hopeful that the Rabbits League will return for the 2022 season. With such a good diversity of young and more senior Rabbit Members we can hopefully bring more silverware back to the Hanging Heaton Trophy Cabinet

Club President Johnny Allott



Johnny has been a member of the golf club since he was a junior and is a former club professional.

He took over as President in 2019 and will continue in the role through to our centenary year in 2022.

Johnny still maintains a low handicap and competes against our best players.  He is keen to improve both the course and our club house as we progress to 2022.

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