When I first really started playing golf I worked for a golf company. Needless to say there were a lot of good golfers that worked there. We would get 4-5 tee times together and have a big group that would go out and play on Sundays. My first time out with everyone I paired up with a guy that was pretty much a scratch golfer. I told him, "you don't want to play with me, I'm horrible". He said not to worry about it and off we went. He really taught me the importance of "pace of play" and things to do to stay on pace. For instance, if you slice a ball into the woods and it goes in about 30-40 feet in the air...don't go looking for it, you're not going to find it. We would pretty much pair up every time after that and I really learned more about etiquette and the rules than anything. It also made me a lot more confident playing with people that were a lot better than me. I wasn't as nervous about slowing them down due to poor play because I would make it up between shots.