From the wicket to the fairway: Give It A Shot hero Nathan

As part of our Give It A Shot golf club membership campaign, we caught up with club member Nathan Hawkes.

Many golfers come to the game after playing a different competitive sport in their younger years, and Nathan is no different.

The 32-year old was a full-time county cricketer in his 20s, but since retiring from the professional sport, has played more and more golf.

You always have two or three good holes or a booming drive which takes away any bad golf you’ve played.

Nathan admits playing another sport to a high level helped him quickly progress to his current handicap of 3.0.

And he insists the technical challenge of golf is one of the things that keeps him coming back to the course every weekend.

“I certainly think the hand-eye coordination skills you’ve got in cricket cross over into golf in terms of feel and different shots,” said Nathan.

“You always have two or three good holes or a booming drive which takes away any bad golf you’ve played. You always want to do better and that keeps you coming back out.

“I enjoy the social side of being a club member as well. There is always a game available with a different person wanting to socialise.

“And it’s always rounded off with a beer on the terrace where we’ll go through the good and bad shots we’ve played.”