I've been reading up quite a bit but honestly it's a lot to grasp. Quite overwhelming, lol. From first glance the places I've been looking seem AMAZING, then I dig a little deeper and find out these not so great issues.
I am in Miami Florida, but I'd be willing to drive up to 4 or so hours to pick up my new companion!
I will contact them and see if they can refer me to somebody, thank you!
You're right, it can be very confusing. There is a lot to know, not a lot of resources to learn from, no regulations or controls, and sophisticated breeders out there who know how to make their less-than-acceptable breeding programs look good to the unsophisticated buyer. It can be a whirlwind of confusion and frustration. Goldens are overbred and there are a ton of slick, unethical breeders out there waiting to take your money. It's enough to make one give up and just buy the first puppy available.
Stick to it. You are doing the right thing. Yes, it's hard. But I can tell you from experience it is soooo worth it. See the doggy covered in mud in my signature below? That dog came from a breeder such as is being discussed. She ended up very small, with hip and elbow problems that will cost me many thousands of dollars and surgeries for her, and she is still likely to have difficulty when she grows old. This is a family member you're getting, and it's worth some education, frustration and effort now to avoid potentially huge expenses and a suffering dog later. IMO.
There is a good puppy out there for you, and people here can help you find it. Just take a step back, exhale, and commit yourself to doing this thing right. And then you'll have the knowledge and skills you need for the rest of your life!