My only New Year's resolution this year is to learn to play golf. I've been meaning to learn to play for 20 years or so, but THIS YEAR, MAAAN. I've never played before, but I've taken some swings at driving ranges. I've been told multiple times that I have a natural swing, so I guess I'm going to put that to the test. In addition, I gave my Dad a set of Get Golf Read lessons for Christmas, since my parents' subdivision has 3x 9 hole golf courses weaving through it. Since just stumbling around on the golf course won't be embarrassing enough, I'm going to document my trials and tribulations here for advice, commiseration, and general mockery. Getting started What finally pushed me over the edge to learn this year was woot.com having a full set of clubs plus stand bag on sale at the end of December. The set, Wilson Prostaff Tour, reviewed well as a beginner's set so I pulled the trigger. With the clubs secured, it was time to see about lessons. I wanted to get into one of the Get Golf Ready 5 day classes but they don't start until April at any of the courses here. Instead I booked a series of 3 beginners clinics at the local pitch-and-putt course. The clinics 1/6: Putting: Swing basics, tempo, reading breaks, golf etiquette around the greens 1/13: Chipping: More swing basics, more tempo, learning the wedges, hitting from bunkers. More etiquette around the fairway and bunkers, rules of golf 1/20: Full Swing: Short irons to fairway woods on the fairways, hitting from the tees, which tee you should play from, scorekeeping, Yet More Golf Etiquette. The Course Grayson Woods Golf Course is a 10 year old, 9 hole par 3 pitch and putt course in the hills of Pleasant Hill, located in the northeastern part of the San Franciso Bay Area. In addition to the 9 hole course, there is also an 18 hole putting course. Next: My Dad has a lot of balls, I take my first lesson, and Gear Acquisition Syndrome rears its ugly head.