Howdy, i'm totally new to golf and golf forums. To cut right to the chase so there's not a huge wall of text to read through i'll get right to the point though.
I'm nearing 40 and have never played more than mini golf so far, yet over the past year or so I found myself developing an intense interest and fascination with golf and started researching and working on a plan to take me from total newb to hopefully scratch golfer over time. Yet i'm going to have to do most of that without regular access to "real" golf courses"
Biggest problem for me is access issues (more the time/distance to drive to and from a course regularily than making the time to actually play or practice) combined with wanting more regular play being preferred for a shorter period of time (rather do 20 minutes per night rather than 4 hours in one block on saturday, by what I understand this will probably gain skills faster anyway, there's also that i'm still recovering from a bad car accident and doing more than 15-20 minutes of activity at once is difficult and likely to remain so for a year or two yet is quite possible) i'm hoping to mostly get my fix through golf simulators to start with, and maybe eventually design up and make a home practice green to improve skills on tricky shots. Add in that I have the most free time in the winter and not during the 3 warm seasons currently and at home practice will be the only way I can do this for awhile while still knowing that I will be unlikely to be able to fully integrate any learned skills without getting in real course time.
I welcome comments and PM's from anyone with suggestions about things like best other forums to go to with a focus on golf simulator discussion or forums more building your own practice green at home. Otherwise I will mostly plan to post here hoping 'virtual golf' will be on topic enough to get useful feedback on.