I started playing golf in Erie PA back in the late 70's when I was a teenager. I gave it up about the time I got married. Later in my late 40's I decided I needed more exercise and took up the sport again. I'm really lousy, shooting around 100 on most par 72 courses so if your looking for expert advise, you've come to the wrong place.
Central Ohio is blessed with as many golf courses as anywhere in the nation and they are almost all crowded,at least during the summer. I have able to play all winter many years here in Columbus. Winter is a great time to get out and play by yourself around here. Below is some links to golf and Columbus Golf I think you might find helpful.
Columbus Munincipal Courses: Affordable public courses owned by the city. Win a free round at their site!
I frequently build my own clubs with parts from Golfsmith. : This place has more left handed clubs available than most.
Royal American, one of my favorite local courses: One of the finest public courses in Ohio/