School play grounds, when empty of people, and is allowed is a good place to get distances. Myself, I use a dry lake bed get my carry distances. Roll out after the carry is at the mercy of the course conditions. Uphill, down hill, flat, fast, or slow.
After a while, the golfer, from previous expirience, will know what club to pull for the shot at hand. He may not know the actual distance, but will know which club to use.
I have a personal, mental quirk when it comes to distances. If I see a 7i, full swing distance, I pull a 6i. I always take one extra club to allow for my not so perfect club/ball contact. This has served me quite well over the years.
Nice!!! I did that with a set of Pings. Found an Old leather Ping bag from the 80's, added in a whole set of steel eye 2's (2 - SW), found a 1,3 & 5 eye 2 woods and then after tons of searching, found an eye 2 putter. A complete era correct eye 2 set! Hangs on the wall in my golf room. Took it out once to play and had some old school fun that day.
During my bachelor years I had Center Ice. The rare Saturday’s I had off were quite awesome. Hockey would start at about 11 in the morning and run for a good twelve hours, even later if the Sharks or Kings were playing at home.
Edit: I ate a lot of nachos
It's never a good idea to curb anyone's personal interests. As long as those interests are legal.
If the guy wants to play golf, let him. Maybe even encourage him. He will eventually either like the game, or he won't. It's his choice to stay, or leave the game. How well he plays is not important. He may get better, or he may not. That's up to him.
I know when I first started, the course maintenance people saved a ton of fertilizer money. I stunk up the courses that bad. Pretty sure I am not the only one who started out really bad.
Or at least help him find an instructor.
Also, play some golf games. If you've got a big enough practice green you can do basically hole-to-hole mini golf, winner picks the next hole. That's easy to play and because anyone who's played mini golf can putt, not very frustrating.