I've just picked up golf as something to challenge me, and to get me outside and off the computer...
I've had a few lessons now, so I'm starting to be able to hit a ball straight at the driving range
I have a couple of questions..
1) what are some good beginner courses in the Vic/Melbourne Metro area... That don't cost a fortune, and will be friendly to my lack of course knowledge, not to mention have friendly people at them who won't scream abuse at me for my 150 shot effort?
Should I be seeking out other beginners and playing some rounds with them? Or should I be attempting to play with people who know what they're doing? My problem is I don't know anyone who plays.. My friends all take the "Point and laugh at the man with the golf club, hang on, we know them" stance of ridiculing me... I got back from a lesson the other night, and a house mate says to me "Aren't you over the whole golf thing yet?" (Meanwhile I'm thinking, over it? I haven't even got to play a game yet!)
2) Are there actually golf clubs that don't charge thousands of dollars for membership, and what, if any, are the benfits of membership at a club?
3) do I have to be a member of a club to get a handicap? What is the easiest (read: least painful) way of getting a handicap
Someone I spoke to mentioned I try out my luck at Burnley public course, (aka Richmond Golf Course)..
I have no idea what I'm doing.. do I just turn up, try and get a tea time, and start making a fool of myself?
I think it would be easier if I had a friend or two who actually played golf!