I used to be "that guy".
Now I smile when I hit a bad shot (even though it still drives me mad).
I am lucky to be able to play golf in the current economic climate.
Now I smile and joke (and get invited to more games)
my advice would be - go and play somewhere you have always wanted to play, even if expensive
then rather than thinking about the golf - remember why you play - take a good look around
to be outside, with our friends in beautiful parts of the world
if that doesnt work, get drunk
I wont leave the house without a spare glove, 2 granola bars, a powerdade, a bag full of tees, at least 7-8 spare balls and my gps fully charged.
I also clean my clubs after every round and clean all of the crap from my bag.
I change my spikes as soon as they get worn and have my shades in my bag (always clean and ready to go)
I hate forgetting things and will have waterproof tops and trousers as well as waterproof gloves.
I also change my ball...
I would say the course I am playing in two weeks time is tougher. www.st-mellion.co.uk
Knee high rough to the left of every hole on a steep incline (impossible to hit driver, its too narrow), and water to the right of nearly every fairway.
Some par fours are a 210 yard carry over water to a fairway about as wide as a postage stamp. The next shot is also over water about 230 yards with a stream across the back of the green and water front and right.