It's been YEARS since I last played (and even then, it was on a small 9-hole course) and I've just recently started investing time, money and my attention back to golf. I never took lessons at any point, and have always "tried to fake it 'til I made it" while playing. Unfortunately where I live now there's no not-so-busy course around, and I'm nervous to just go to an 18-hole place and potentially look like a complete doofus in front of people. So my question is this...
- Should I just buy a roll up putting green (for inside) and driving net setup (for outside) and practice off the course until I feel comfortable to properly swing/aim/etc.? Or go to a driving range even???
- Should I only tackle the busy, 18-hole courses after getting some lessons from a legit golf instructor?
- Should I try to play on very low traffic/overlooked tee times, to not feel so much pressure?
My biggest concern is indirectly screwing up the game for others. My next concern is being so self-conscious about my what surely will be bad first few games to not focus on the game itself and improve.
Any advice would be appreciated!