I can't really answer you on expectations as to time
All I know is my own experience
The kid that showed me the game, he was a great player that caddied for one of the top players in the 70's and 80's.
So he gave me my basics, I liked the game so I practiced some, but I loved playing
So I played mostly, never a range rat
So within 18 months I was close to scratch
I was plus within 3 years playing almost everyday
About a year after I started playing, a young...