At least my experience after not golfing for an extended period is that other than a couple of practice swings, I'm going to hit best without practice and no chance to over analyze what I should improve.
Ok. Here's how to handle this. Take two thirds of the clubs out of your bag. Replace them with beer. Only golf when not drinking. And don't stop drinking. If you have to golf, just putt.
Thank you both for your excellent advice!
I dug out my golf bag, which I don't remember touching in the past 25 years. I thought I'd take a few practice swings and hit a few short shots around the back yard. Except... mice had moved into the golf bag at some time in the past so I had to clean it out with soap and disinfect all the club handles that had been sitting in mouse poop. So it was a slow start. Then I hit a few terrible shots, made a few divots with some practice swings and declared my training complete.
I was having ridiculous trouble just getting the club to connect properly with the ball, let alone hitting it anywhere. It wasn't until I came indoors that I remembered I was wearing progressive lenses. They make the ground appear closer, which I've had to learn to adjust for when I orienteer. I don't think I will need them for golf except to keep score so maybe that will help me judge distance a little better. Luckily, it's best ball but the people I'm golfing with are not regular golfers either, so there's a risk that some of my shots will count.
Just make sure you play the way they do in the Air Force, with lots of rules variations that turn golf into something not resembling a competitive sport in the least.
As a very occasional golfer, I came to the realization that I don't have the right to be frustrated because I don't devote the time to it. I remember a friend came downhill skiing with me years ago and he hadn't skied in a year and he was frustrated that he couldn't ski at my level (I was doing ~40 days a winter at that point). He didn't have the right to be frustrated and I don't have the right to be frustrated when I golf. Smile, be upfront about your limitations with your teammates/companions, laugh, and enjoy the day outside.
Good advice - I did exactly that! :)