I used to 'play' golf, as quite a few people at my last job did and one of the blokes arranged group lessons. My brother also plays and a friend of mine was quite into it and had a really good 18 hole par 3 near him that was good fun.
I enjoyed it (up to a point), but playing a full round took up too much time and it does take constant practice or you quickly lose your ability to whack the ball (well, I did!).
The main thing that put me off to be honest was gradually improving and then all of a sudden my swing went to pot. I was having lessons and I think the teacher changed just one too many things at once because I went from being able to reliably able to hit the ball dead straight (never that far, but straight) to never knowing where the ball was going to go and constantly making a complete hash of it.
One particular round was the last straw for me. I was hitting OK on the driving range before getting out on the course, but then got on the course and might as well have been using the clubs upside down.
I was getting more and more wound up and my brother and mate where giving 'advice' that just made me more annoyed and made matters worse.
Finally off a particluar tee shot, some random bloke who'd probably been watching my particularly poor playing commented on a ball that I had lost and I swore vigorously at him before going back to the club house for a coffee and a bacon sandwich
Not played since.
I know that I don't like to feel people are watchig me - so it's not a great game for me when you have to tee off and you know there are people watching.