I took beginner golf lessons – and now I’ve completely fallen in love with the game. Actress Denise van Outen is passionate about golf. She first took up the sport eight months ago and has been hooked ever since.
“It’s a great sport for women because it keeps you fit, you’re outdoors and you get to come to amazing places,” says the actress best known for presenting The Big Breakfast and for playing Roxie Hart in the West End musical Chicago. “What I like about the game is that it’s good fun.”
In an interview just before she tees off in a competition at Stoke by Nayland Golf & Spa, in Leavenheath, Essex, Denise explains how golf is now a shared passion with her girlfriends.
“It’s such a brilliant game. It’s good for women and I’m trying to spread the word to get the girls to play,” she adds.
“I’m new to golf. I’ve been playing about eight months and started because a lot of my girlfriends – and some of my male friends – played golf.
“Now my mum friends at my daughter’s school have taken up golf, so we drop our kids and then we go to the driving range,” says Denise.
It’s a sport that allows all ages, experience and abilities to play together – again making it a great sport for women.
“The great thing is you’ve got a real mix of people. You’ve got a lot of people who have been playing for years and they do help you.
“It’s one of those sports where, although it’s competitive, you are more competing with yourself and trying to better your own personal game. But other people always come and help you out and that’s why I like it.”
“It’s always fun. We have lots of laughs. I’ve got one pro on my team of girls that I play with so she’s kind of helping me along through the course.”
“I had always been interested to learn.I went for a tester day to see if I could play and found that I could hit the ball - so I decided to take lessons. Now I have completely fallen in love with the game.
“I am a beginner and I think my putting is my strongest point. I’m getting better. It’s one of those things with golf, it can be frustrating – you have a really great day and then you can have a really bad day but obviously the more you practice the better it gets.
An experienced performer, Denise still admits to feeling nervous before teeing off in a competive game at Stoke by Nayland in front of a crowd of spectators.
“I’m probably more nervous about teeing off here at Stoke Nayland in front of all these people than I would be stepping on to the west end stage because this is completely out of my comfort zone. But that’s what so great about it, it’s nice to do something completely different that I wasn’t ever expecting to fall in love with.”
“I do get nervous. I think everybody does when people are watching you but then it should be fun and that’s what I like about the game it is good fun.”
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