Even though I am a very sporty person, golf was never one I considered. It wasn’t until I started working for Sports Publications that I thought about learning how to play - personally, I always thought of it as a game for retired men!

My views soon changed as I got the chance to hit a few balls at the driving range. I had no idea even how to hold a club but with a little bit of assistance, I was soon ready to get going. At first I found it frustrating. Being a rower I am used to things going wrong, but I could not understand how one minute you'd be getting it just right and the next the ball would be flying up and hitting the roof of the driving range!

 Golf as a sport is naturally suited to women because we are sociable creatures. What better way to spend an afternoon than in the fresh air, getting some exercise, with the promise of a drink and post-round catch-up with friends afterwards?!

If there is any advice I could give, it would be to just pick up a club and go to the driving range. Until you have tried the sport, you will not know whether you enjoy it or not. Get yourself some golf lessons with an attractive pro and go enjoy yourself.