Some of you folks are assuming I want the drunks, and hacks on the course. That is not the case. Yes, a test would most likely make these types of players more aware, but I don't think it would actually change their type of play. A disrespectful player will most likely always be a disrespectful player. It goes to a person's ego.
My main point is testing would also cause a lot of decent players to not play, or worse yet, stay in the game. That is the main reason why I voted "NO"
A muni golf course owned by the county in Vegas once put together a test. Although the course was there first, by several years, home builders completely surrounded the course with homes. Errant fades, and draws could easily find a house, or at the very least a back yard. Full blown slices, and hooks were landing in the front yards, and hitting cars. Some of the home's stucco siding looked like they had been hit by small arms fire. It is a skinny course with homes on one side of the fairway, and a wet drainage ditch on the other side. This is on every hole. The test which included rules, etiquette, also included a proficiency test. The proficiency test was there to protect homes, and folks sitting in their back yards. A data base showed all the players that took, and passed the test. At the onset, a player could not play the course if they did not take, and pass the test. The course did a way with the test after only 3 weeks due to lack of player revenue. I was told that less than 30% of the total players who regularly frequented the course actually took the test. That 70% +/- that did not want to take the test, moved on to another, less restrictive course. It took the muni almost 2 months to get folks coming back to play. I took the test, which took all of 10 minutes to complete.
On another note. I probably play more golf than most of the members on this board. I played four rounds last week. With a late start, I will easily get over a hundred, plus rounds in before the end of this year. Slow play, and disrespectful players are very few and far between on the courses I have been playing. This includes lower, and up scale courses. In fact a few weeks ago, I played at a course that after all the fees for golf, a caddy, and a "user fee" were paid, it cost me almost $400. Guess what, that was first time this year that I saw folks drinking, and hacking up a course. Their caddies earn their money. Go figure.