One thing I can say about actually playing golf (sorta) for the first time is that my impressions of the game are different. A couple years ago when I was visiting this forum there was a thread that talked about how you can get more people into the game, and dispelling some negative impressions people have is a good start. So let's go over those negatives and I can tell you how my experience erased them.
1. Golf is only for rich people. OK, well Zip volunteers as a player assistant at Crandon, which means we played for free. One of the guys we played with does the same thing at both Crandon and another course, so he plays free at two different courses. I'm sure that sort of opportunity exists at many places which would make it more affordable for a lot of people who think the expense is just out of their budget. And I had no idea you could actually rent clubs instead of having to invest in a set without knowing if you even like the game, so that's good too.
2. Golfers are a bunch of snobs. When you watch golf on television and the commentators are all whispering and Tiger is pissed off because somebody made a noise it can be easy to get this impression. But those guys are pros playing for a lot of money so it's more serious. Regular golfers like you guys and Zip aren't like that. Not that you don't observe all the etiquette of the game (which I don't know yet), but it came across to me as a very casual sort of game in many ways. You play a few holes, maybe you do well and maybe not, you drink a beer, you chat with your group while you wait on the slow people ahead of you. There is nothing snobby about it. I'm sure you can run into a jerk or two doing any sort of sport, but everyone I met out there was friendly and helpful and it didn't matter that I didn't know what I was doing.
3. It's too hard; I won't have fun. Well, you may end up deciding you don't like golf, sure. And yes, it is hard to be "good" at golf. But like I mentioned, that one guy we played with even gave up on a few holes he wasn't playing well, and it was OK. Was he still having fun? Yep. You don't have to be any good at all to enjoy it. And I would even recommend giving up on a hole when you're a novice rather than risk slow play and hold up the next group. You don't even have to keep a score card.
Those are the big three reasons I can think of that might deter someone who has never played from giving it a shot. As golfers, it is up to you guys to dispel those myths. I would also suggest that the courses have some "So you never played golf?" events. Free or low cost. Probably a lot of courses do that, but I don't know. Just a day for novices to try their hand at it. Makes you feel better when other people are stinking it up too. No pressure. The ones who like it will come back.