I worked in the pro shop of my local country club for 6+ years in my youth, never played more than three times a year, I was a basketball/football kid.
Now I am almost 40 and a member of that club taking golf seriously for the first time in my life. 2013 is the first year I have played more than 10 rounds.
I had the goal to break 100 this year, I have accomplished this, I shot 88 and 89 this week. So my new goal is to shoot 86>=<94 for the rest of the season. I also want to get my nerves under control to the point where I don't top or shank any shots in a round. I average two topped drives and a couple of shanks a round.
My goals for next year are to get myself a handicap and be comfortable enough to play a couple of tournaments. Shoot under 83 regularly by the end of the season. Start playing with a driver, right now I hit my 3 wood 235-240 into the fairway off the tee and the driver 260 with a nasty slice that ends up in the next fairway, so I leave the driver in my trunk. Stop leaving puts 6" short. Get fit for and purchase my own set of irons. Using a loaner set of ping eye2 black dot, +2" rifle stiffs right now.
The next year I want to start shooting under 80. Start to regularly birdie #2, #12, and #18.
Our season plays from early/mid March until early/mid November most years and I average 10 or so rounds a month, so I figure I have about 50 rounds left this year, 80 next year and so on each year. I feel that if I continue to improve the way I have this year or even at half the pace I should be able to come close on most of these.
Eventual goal is to become a 5 or better handicap.