I’m not a very active poster on this forum, but I’ll chip in. (so to speak)
I’ve been playing for 9 and a half years now. Still not a single digit handicapper though. Usually shoot between 80 and 85, though I will break 80 occasionally when I’m putting and chipping particularly well.
I play in West Texas, in the heat and high winds. My favorite course is a very pretty, well maintained public course called The Gaines County course, near Seminole, Texas. I don’t live very close to it, so it is a treat to go there to play. Most of the time I play Hogan Park in Midland, TX, or Ocotillo Park in Hobbes, NM.
My best score was a 72 on a par 70. Would still like to have a couple of those putts back to try again.
jhtalisman—don’t worry about scoring just yet. Go out and have fun, and try to make solid contact with the ball. The game is a lot harder than it looks, and it takes a while to improve.