Ha ha.. Ralph, the operative word here is, "play." That's what I do is play at the game. I Can't get Under that silly ball.. !
Started playing last year, when a friend put a 5 iron in my hand and a practice ball on the grass in front of me in his front yard. I was hooked.. Then, I drug my husband to visit him and our friend did the same thing to him. We're a foursome now. His wife and I just have a really good time laughing at the balls we lose... more fun than anyone should have.
We use the carts and don't go on the weekends. (Cheaper during the week) My friend has COPD and I don't do very well and his wife has a bum knee... What a bunch but, we have a good time.
As for golf being boring, before he retired, my friend was Quality Assurance then LAN Administrator for a major Aerospace company here in the SF Bay Area. In high school, he was talking to us about levels of Math that I can't even pronounce, graduated with a B average and never opened a book.
But, I mention him and his background because, he knows how far each club should take the ball, then stands there on the course and calculates within a foot or so of where he needs to be, checks wind, lay of the green, etc., etc., and puts that ball right where he wants it. Sickening.. ! haha. But the rest of us just grip it and rip it.. and hope for the best.. ! hahaha But to do well, you have to be pretty smart.
His favorite thing to say to her and I is, "Still your turn." If you know golf, you know that means she and I are still further away from the hole than he is... haha..
Yep, it's a great game, and I Highly recommend it to all of us here. Fresh air, nature, walking, friends and, the 19th hole.. Ahhhhhhh.. !
We go about once a month for 18 holes (9 if we don't all feel well) and on the other weeks, will go for the driving/practice range. You can spend and afternoon, not much $$ and use the putting green for no charge. I hear the game is won or lost on the putting green.
The other good thing about the game is, you can play at your own pace. You develope a swing that doesn't stress your body and still produces decent results.
I think Scotland is where the game originated.. (?)
So, Snohare, get to your local public course, take the minimum lessons and give it a go. I think you will like it. :) Right Ralph?