Been away from the game for almost ten years--one abortive attempt to return five or six years ago. Retirement, the Big C, back issues, blah, blah, blah. Let's just say life got in the way. So, my goals are pretty rudimentary:
1. Return to golf at the most basic level--play and practice regularly. Obviously, if I don't attain this goal, all else is moot.
2. Join a men's association and start competing at the most elementary levels. The camaraderie will keep me going and the mild discipline of competition will keep me focused and honest, increase my practical rules knowledge, etc. Nothing intense here--somewhere you can find me way down in the high handicap flights. I would rate this as the important goal.
3. Start carrying a handicap (or whatever you guys are calling it after the 2020 introduction of the new system). I think this would occur fairly naturally if I click with a group in goal 2. But if I'm a sporadic participant, and life generally gets in the way, I could see this goal slipping into to 2021.
I admit that I can't offer the level of specificity some of you guys demonstrate above. My apologies, I'm just not there yet. But I wanted to enter into the spirit of the thing.