We are adult, male golfers with a handicap of 15.5 or more. Golfers with a handicap of 15.4 or less and Lady golfers are also welcome to join us as Associate members and participate in the competitions below

Why Rabbits ?

Our origins to back to the 1930’s when several clubs got together to promote social and competitive golf for higher handicap golfers. Why they were called Rabbits is unknown but it seems only to apply in Yorkshire. Today more than 100 clubs are members of the Yorkshire Rabbits Golf Association within 6 regions across the combined county. Locally, clubs are also members of the Bradford & District Rabbits Golf Association who organise league and knockout competitions. Click the buttons below to view the Rabbits Golf Association Websites.

How to Join ?

You can become an annual Member or Associate member of the Section by paying £5 to any Committee member below or by putting your payment in a named envelope in the box within the pro shop.

In addition to taking part in the competitions below, you will be entered in a monthly draw where 2 members will win £15 credited to your pro shop account. We also award a credit of £25 to any member or associate member who has a hole in 1 in any official weekend qualifying club competition


Full details of Rabbits competitions, matches, members and Committee members are displayed on our notice board in the gents locker room and in the club diary.  

The winners of the monthly Rabbits Section draw for July are Andrew Higgins and David Taylor who both receive £15 credited to their pro shop accounts. Congratulations to both.  A list of previous winners is displayed on the Rabbits Section notice board.

In the Bradford & District Rabbits 18 hole Championship at Silsden on 4th August, the Bingley St Ives team of Ben Nattrass, Mick Laybourne, Mike Rewliak and Keith Atkinson came a creditable 4th out of 16 clubs represented, which is our highest position for many years. Their combined score (3 to count) of 106 points was 12 behind the winners Northcliffe. All scores can be found on the BDRGA website via the link above. 

This year’s Rabbits Trip went to Headingley Golf Club on Friday 2nd August, when 40 members enjoyed 18 holes on a challenging course in fine weather, following a bacon roll on arrival and meal afterwards. The winners were – 

  • Associate and overall – Eddie McBrien
  • Rabbits – Brian Sugden
  • Ladies – Lee Kee Dearnley
  • Team – Carole Barrott, Eddie McBrien, Roy Carney, David Butterworth

The Rabbits Section retained the Clair Lyness Trophy in their annual match against the Ladies, played in memory of a past Lady Captain. In the 5 fourballs played over 12 holes, the Rabbits team had an aggregate stableford score of 238 narrowly beating the Ladies on 211. All players thoroughly enjoyed the match and meal afterwards.

Results of Rabbits Captains Day on 7th July – 

  • Associate Rabbits – Richard Maddocks (1st), Rob Craven (2nd)
  • Division 1 – Mike Phillips (1st and overall winner), Dave Priestley (2nd)
  • Division 2 – Roy Carney (1st), John Barrott (2nd)
  • Ladies Prize – Jayne Helliwell
  • Nearest pin (18th) – Carl O’Neill (7’8″)
  • Nearest line (14th) – Peter Marks (1’6″)
  • 2s club – Carl O’Neill, Andrew Patchett, John Raybould, Kurt Risdon, Chris Robinson, David Smith, John Barrott



We run club competitions, usually on a Sunday, with pro shop voucher prizes for winning Rabbits and Associate members. These are listed below – further details and how to enter are displayed on the Rabbits notice board in the gents locker room.

The Buck Rabbit competition, played as a stableford over the first 12 holes, is held on the first Tuesday of every month with the winners of each Division receiving prizes and qualifying for the final trophy competition.

Rabbits golfers are also eligible to enter the Thwaites Trophy knockout matchplay competition which takes places May – September.

The following fixtures have been organised for 2019 – 

7th April – March Hare 4BBB

26th May – John Stead Memorial – Single Stableford

16th June – Tony O’Melia Challenge – Single Stableford

7th July – Rabbits Captain’s Day – Single Stableford

31st July – Clair Lyness Trophy vs Ladies

2nd August – Rabbits Trip to Headingley Golf Club

18th August – Rabbits President’s Cup Single Stableford

29th September – Buck Rabbit Final

April – September –  Thwaites Trophy knockout matchplay competition

April – September (first Tuesday) – Buck Rabbit 12 hole Stableford

Friendly matches, with alternate annual home and away fixtures, have been arranged with the Rabbits Sections of other local golf clubs, giving the opportunity to play sociable golf at another course free of charge, paying only for the meal afterwards. The fixtures arranged this year are – 

15th May – South Bradford (home) 

28th May -Bradford (away)

25th June – Skipton (home)

8th August – West Bradford (away)

19th September – Headingley (away)

22nd September – Shipley (away)

Selection for away matches will give priority to those who play in the home fixtures

We also enter 2 teams in the Bradford & District league matches and the Bradford and Yorkshire Associations’ knockout competitions. After 3 promotions in 4 years to Division A, in 2018 we slipped back to Division B.


Eddie McBrien – President

John Pilkington – Vice Captain

John Barrott – Secretary

David Butterworth – Treasurer

Michael Fordham – Competition Secretary

Richard Norris

David Kind

Alan Simmons

Tony O’Melia (honorary)

We look forward to seeing you this year on the course or in the clubhouse