In Germany you need a license not just to drive, but to pitch and putt. To regulate the quality of play, many of the country's links require duffers to get a license, known as a Platzreife, from the Association of Club-Free Golf Players. Golfers must take a skills test and pass a written exam of 30 multiple-choice questions based on the rules of the game as recognized by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the USGA. Here are a few sample questions.
1. A player swings at the ball and misses, then notices it was not his ball at all but another player's. What happens?
A. 1-stroke penalty
B. 2-stroke penalty
C. No penalty
2. A player's ball ricochets off a tree, comes back, hits him and comes to rest near his foot. He must play the ball where it is, and he gets how many penalty strokes?
A. 1 stroke
B. 2 strokes
3. A player marks his ball on the green with a tee. Does he incur a penalty?
4. A player is sure a ball stuck in a tree is his. He can see it but can't positively identify it. Is his ball considered lost?
5. What bunker obstacles are you allowed to move?