Current Captains

Here you can read more about our 2024 Captains & President.

Ian Kilburn


It’s fair to say I never had any aspirations of playing golf but after a couple of decades running around the rugby field in cold, wet and sloppy conditions and with age getting the better of me it was time for a change. My wife suggested I better find something else to do so I didn’t “get under her feet”.

A friend of mine had recently started to play golf so with a few cheapy clubs and a hand me down moth eaten bag, I was off hacking away around various local municipals.

After a year or so I became a member of East Bierley Golf Club, starting with a heady 24 handicap. I worked my way down over the years sneaking for a brief foray into single figures and winning a few bits and bats before returning to the 8-15’s category.

After 12 very enjoyable years I decided it was time to move on and after a brief spell at Crow Nest Park I was on the move again. 

One Sunday morning on another wonderful shopping trip to junction 32 I thought I would call in to HHGC and after wandering aimlessly around I came across a 4 ball on the 6th Tee. I politely enquired as to who to speak to and was met with a volley of raucous comments, joviality and a really welcoming banter, not to mention a few bleeps too.

I was back at dinner, proposed, seconded and played the following Saturday.

I have now entered into my 11th year at this fantastic, well organised, character and banter driven golf club that offers a real challenge and seriously competitive team ethic.

My focus will be to put in a full shift, supporting all the members, Committee and Club Teams to deliver a full competitive calendar of events.

To the membership this is a welcome to my year of Captaincy with a hope it is an enjoyable and successful calendar for all.

For all the visitors to the website who may consider coming for a round, don’t let the slope rating of 112 fool you, Hanging Heaton is a tough track, come and give it a go and see for yourselves.

Julie Oates


After having a really enjoyable year as Lady Captain in 2018 I was more than happy to accept the role again for the second time for the 2024 when Jennifer asked me

I am hoping to have another successful year supporting and hopefully growing the Ladies Section and especially looking forward to retaining the Rabbits v Ladies Trophy in the Summer


Kevin Rhodes


I started playing golf later on in life when I was around 45 following a trip to a driving range whilst on a works training course.

My other sporting interests are Rugby League and any form of Motor Racing, I also volunteer to play the role of a certain person in December which keeps me very busy.

I have been a member of Hanging Heaton Golf Club, known as one of the friendliest clubs in Yorkshire since 2006 and was honoured to to be asked by Greg to be his Vice-Captain in 2022

2023 proved to be a very good year for the Rabbits which meant quite a lot of speeches from Greg, mostly consisting of ” and now over to Kev”, however, a great year and a great team effort from all involved.

With rather large boots to fill following the success of the Rabbits Team in the last couple of years, with the continued support of the Rabbits new and old we will look to consolidate our position within the league once again.

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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