This club is famous for... Billy's Bar - golf's best 19th hole?January 10, 2017
Bingley St Ives is home to a stunning collection of golf memorabilia - all provided by caddie Billy Foster...
The snooker table’s nice enough and there’s a decent range of drinks but that’s not what pulls the punters in to Billy’s Bar at Bingley St Ives.
The West Yorkshire course can arguably claim to host the best 19th hole in golf and it’s what is on the walls that makes a visit here a special experience.
It’s a collection to make the British Golf Museum green with envy – a cornucopia of artefacts gleaned from some of the biggest names in the game.
The clue, of course, is in the title. Billy’s Bar is the preserve of caddie legend and club member Billy Foster. No trip to Bingley can be complete without a scan.
He’s gathered quite a collection in three decades on tour and the fruits of that are for all to see in Billy’s Bar.
You’ll find the bib Foster wore when he caddied for Tiger Woods in the 2005 Presidents Cup.
There’s bags used on tour by Seve, Clarke and Garcia along with the bib he wore during the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill.
There’s an Augusta National flag signed by British winners of the Masters (Foster will have to get it down to Rotherham for Danny Willett to add his name to it) and signed flags from winning European Ryder Cup teams at Medinah and Gleneagles.
The pictures and photographs are equally as impressive – signed and dedicated to Bingley members from multiple Major winners.
Exhibiting the priceless collection was a labour of love for Foster – he even used hammer and nail to hang his memorabilia and ensure it was arranged just right.
So when you’ve finished taking on the wood and moorland layout – a joy in itself – make a point of taking a leisurely stroll round Billy’s Bar.
You won’t be disappointed.