If I was taking an adult to the course for the first time, I'd take them to the range and let them go nuts by themselves for a while. It'd be pretty easy to see what they're doing the most wrong, and I'd tell them about how important it is to get their weight forward, etc. I'd make sure their grip wasn't horrendous as best I could. We'd "work" on the full swing probably for about 40 minutes or so. Obviously nothing crazy, and I use the word "work" tongue-in-cheek.
Then I'd show them how to hit a basic pitch shot, spending about 20 minutes or so here, maybe 30 at the most. Then I'd let em screw around on the putting green for a while. Maybe for 10 minutes or something.
So maybe I'd allot 70-80 minutes to range practice before ever taking them out? Something like that. I'd want to make this introduction as fun as possible if I could.
Then we'd head straight for the 1st tee.
I would tell him we're playing 9 holes from the forward tees*. I'd tell them since there isn't an executive course around, it would be a lot more fun to start from here. I'd refrain from giving too many tips, and I'd try to keep the vibe light the entire time, while also making sure to point out basic etiquette and rules errors along the way without coming off like too much of a dick.
I think that'd be a fairly fun introduction to it all. The end goal I think would be to leave them wanting more in some way if I could. So, it'd be important for me to keep the information to a minimum as best I could, and the fun levels to a maximum as best I could. I don't want to overwhelm them or anything.
*I guess this would depend on how well they were hitting it. Maybe I'd move back if they had a knack for power or something, but I think that's somewhat unlikely. I dunno, maybe the red tees is a mistake, but I think it could be a good idea. I mean, this is their first time we're talking about.
Edited by JetFan1983 - 4/20/14 at 10:16pm