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There shouldn't be anything intimidating about playing a regulation course. You could start off on the forward tees, and work your way back whenever you feel comfortable. You can even move back on random feel good holes while playing the rest forward. Don't worry too much, just keep pace of play up and no one will complain. . .
Just don't do what my buddy did to me. This guy started me on golf. We played two rounds on a par-3 and then he put my butt on one of the tougher courses my area has to offer. I hacked, thrashed, lost more balls that I care to think about and wanted to quit golf afterward. Obviously I didn't. Depending on what your area has to offer, I'd say ramp up progressively. Look at the course ratings and pick something that will be a challenge for you without biting off more than you care the chew. Play the shorter tees at first and move back when you at least have a chance at par on most holes. Also, if you are nervous about it from a pace of play standpoint, late afternoon tee times are the best. Some courses are nearly empty at that point. If nothing else, most of the low-cappers have already rolled around the course, leaving it to us hackers.
The search doesn't seem Google like anymore. For example search on "can't hit my driver" used to return several threads with almost that title. Today the #1 return is " 5 minute daily challenge" and the most relevant posts don't show.