Playing golf is pretty easy. All you need to do is get the ball in the hole in as fewer golf shots as possible. When you start playing golf as a beginner you may get a little overwhelmed with all the information. But don’t worry almost everyone feels the same way when they start playing.
A golf course consists of 18 holes. Every hole you play will require you to get the ball in the hole either in three, four or five shots. If you get the ball in the hole in the required number of shots it is called a par. However as a beginner you are not expected to get the ball in the hole in the required number of shots all the time and so you get a handicap.
A handicap quite simply is extra hits than the required shots for par. So a 24 handicap has an extra 24 hits of the ball per round. So if the course par is 72, if you are playing to a 24 handicap that would mean your par is to try and finish playing 18 holes in 96 shots.
I have found in my experience that depending on the country you play in the course difficulty can be very different. For example if you play courses in colder countries like the UK the courses are usually easy but the weather makes them difficult to play. Most of my experience has been in the warm sunny climate of South Africa where the weather is great all year round and the course design makes the holes difficult to play.
Don’t over think the game. Just enjoy yourself. If you play the percentage game you will win. As soon as you start to gamble and hit the ball too hard the chances of making a mistake are much greater.