New to to the forum as well as the game. Well, I played for a bit years ago, but I'm only trying to get serious about the game now for the first time.
Here's my question. I've got a couple of work-related golf outings coming up in the next couple of weeks, and I'm a bit worried that my lousy game will embarrass me in front of people. I've played four or five rounds this summer, and my scores have all been in the 110-130 range.
I don't expect to suddenly get near 100 on these outings (and don't need to for one of them -- it's a scramble), but I just want to avoid annoying my playing partners with my game. I'm going to bring plenty of extra balls so that I don't slow people down by spending a lot of time looking for lost balls and will be prepared to make plenty of self-depricating jokes, but is there anything else I should do to mitigate my group's pain at my presence?
In other words, what are the things that annoy you the most when you're playing with a beginner or just a pure hack at a work outing and what can the beginner/hack do to make your round less miserable? I'm not trying to impress anyone with my playing, but one outing is with potential coworkers (I'm a law clerk at a firm this summer) and the other is with potential future clients.
Thanks in advance, and hit 'em straight and far.