At least you don't have to pay a greenfee when playing on your home course.
When you are making your license they teach you the basic swing and you have to be able to play HCP 54 so you can go and play on the course alone without a Pro. Then you get a membership card so you van play on other courses.
BTW, in Germany you need almost for everything a license. Even for fishing. Or hunting - takes 3 years and is very expensive.