Here on Arran, there are seven golf courses; five 9-hole, one 12-hole and one 18 hole course. I had my first stab at it today! Not bad, I guess. One of the courses (in Machrie) has a couple of mini 'practice holes' for complete beginners like me. (Luckily, for others, I was the only one hacking away at the practice holes!) It was a bit boggy in places and the 'fairway' was I reckon, 'light rough' but I managed to remember a few techniques one of the locals kindly passed on to me a few weeks ago and didn't lose a ball! (Well, not a GOLF ball...). I shall stick it out to see if there's any noticeable improvement but suddenly, I'm pining for Tiger Woods 2005 on the XBOX. It's so much easier! My wrists hurt now! (Stop sniggering at the back, there! ) Any other golfers here? What was your first stab at it like? The nice thing about the Machrie course is (a) the locals are very welcoming and friendly and (b) the practice holes are free!