I am astounded. Utterly baffled. I am a supporter of Sweden’s social welfare state but this is government intervention gone one step too far.
You have to get certified to play golf. To play golf. You have to pay a couple of thousand kronor ($150-500) to take a special course, which requires you to attend classes, learn the theory and practicalities of the game, and then take a written examination and play a round of golf in order to pass. Only after you have successfully passed the course and obtained your green card (grönt kort) will you be allowed to play on courses in Sweden and abroad.
I only discovered this after watching an old travel show hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, whom you will probably hear me talk about again because I absolutely love his BBC show Top Gear. The show was mocking Germany’s many rules and its citizens inability to do anything without direction. His bit on the requirement for golf certification in Germany had me shaking my head and looking to my boyfriend to validate my incredulity.
He just told me that Sweden has the same rule. And then couldn’t fathom why America did not have it.