hello everyone.. long time lurker, first time poster. i've played golf off and on for a long time now. however, until recently i've never been interested in keeping official scores or playing in any kind of super serious manner. however, seeing as how i'm approaching 30 i'm starting to embrace golf as a much more dominate hobby instead of some other competitive sports i've played in the past and see it only getting more so in the future. so i've got a few questions i know you guys can help me with, seeing as how i'm extremely new to the serious/competitive side of golf, although very excited about it.
1. how do i go about establishing a handicap and do i do it through an independent person or is that something that a local club could offer, should i choose to join one? (considering a few courses near me)
2. i'm very interested in getting into competitive golf (local tournaments, leagues, etc.) once i've established a handicap and solidified my game a little. is it necesary to be apart of a club to do these things? (best?)
i really appreciate any help you guys can give me, and plan on being an active member on these forums now that i've broken the first post seal. haha