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Author: Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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greenkeepers

The NCG Podcast

Should your golf club have a mental health first aider?

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pace of play

News

Time’s up: Do we make too much of how long it takes to play golf?

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Rory McIlroy PGA Championship 2014

PGA Championship

Can Rory finally scratch his 10-year major itch?

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News

Did England Golf’s new pace of play policy get off to a good start?

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hailey davidson

News

Transgender golfer slams decision after being banned from women’s tour

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The Players Championship

The 50th Players

‘I’m quite surprised The Players isn’t considered a major’

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equality diversity and inclusion

Features

‘This is a ticking time-bomb’: Why golf must get to grips with equality

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st andrews tee times

Courses and Travel

The days (or nights) of queuing up for a tee time at the Old Course are over

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Jack Nicklaus

The Open

55 and out: R&A changes exemption rules for past Open champions

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Scottie Scheffler

The 50th Players

Why Scottie Scheffler leaves the celebrating to others

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Maurice Bembridge

DP World Tour

Golf mourns death of former Masters course record holder Maurice Bembridge

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Scottie Scheffler masters golf betting tips

The Masters

What are the perks of winning the Masters?

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faldo futures series

News

Can the Faldo Futures fuel a new passion for golf?

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fortrose & rosemarkie

News

This historic Scottish club really needs your help

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Elie: One of the finest links courses in Fife

Here’s how you can play a Top 100 course at a heavily discounted price!

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Features

What has the rain done to your golf course?

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winter golf

Gale force winds? Driving drizzle? These are ideal conditions for golf!

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News

This club has ditched membership fees for all kids

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Want to play the same game as the pros? That means playing the same Rules!

Rules of Golf

Want to play the same game as the pros? That means playing the same Rules!

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Matsuyama ball moved

News

Did Matsuyama’s ball move at the Genesis Invitational?

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News

Jordan Spieth DQd after incorrect scorecard blunder

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gary woodland

Rules of Golf

Can you look into a player’s bag to see what club they’re using?

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Walker Cup captain

News

Dean Robertson named new GB&I Walker Cup captain

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England Golf Awards

News

Heroes of the club game celebrated at historic England Golf Awards

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dress codes

Features

Why is golf’s greatest enemy… jeans?

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Muirfield

Courses and Travel

How much is too much to pay for a round of golf?

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How much do member subs contribute to the golf club budget?

Features

How much do member subs contribute to the golf club budget?

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Why your clubs have joining fees - and could they be improved?

Features

Why your clubs have joining fees – and could they be improved?

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Rory McIlroy rules

‘I wasn’t aware the rule was changed’: How Rory McIlroy blundered at Pebble Beach

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Rattlesnakes and accidental island greens: The fascinating tale of how Sawgrass was built

The 50th Players

Rattlesnakes and accidental island greens: The fascinating tale of how Sawgrass was built

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golf divot

Rules of Golf

My ball has landed on a divot – can I move it?

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hailey davidson

News

‘It’s not fair on the other females competing’: Should transgender golfers compete in women’s events?

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golf equipment

Features

Why is new golf gear so expensive?

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fourball betterball world handicap system

World Handicap System

The way fourball match play handicaps are worked out is changing

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5 things you might not know about Course Rating

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St Andrews

Courses and Travel

I shudder to think it – but I might never play the Old Course again

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animal scrapings

Rules of Golf

Do I get free relief from animal scrapings?

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Goswick Golf Club

Courses and Travel

The perfect golf trip on a budget? Here’s where our experts say you should go in 2024

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You can retrace this Open champion's famous steps

Courses and Travel

You can retrace this Open champion’s famous steps

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penalty area in golf

Club

I think I’m in a penalty area but it’s not marked – can I get free relief?

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Royal County Down

Courses and Travel

‘It’s not going to stop’: Expect to pay even more to play GB&I’s top 100 courses

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Golf club committee

Rules of Golf

The prizes were handed out but the committee got my score wrong – should the results be changed?

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committee for golf club salaries

Want high standards on your golf course? Pay for them!

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Turnberry

Courses and Travel

Could new changes to Turnberry get it back on The Open rota?

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World Handicap System

Should clubs get the chance to think again about 95 per cent?

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golf balls collide

Our two putts have collided on the green – what do we do now?

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Martin Slumbers

Martin Slumbers to step down as R&A chief executive

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Just how bad was the rain battering our golf courses?

Features

Just how bad was the rain battering our golf courses?

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visitor golf green fees

News

How much did your club pull in from visitor green fees?

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golf flagstick etiquette

Rules of Golf

How many of these Rules of Golf changes do you still use in your game?

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golf without course

News

How much? Nearly half of golfers say they’re paying more than £1,000 for club membership

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winter tee mat

Do I HAVE to play from the winter tee mat?

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world handicap system

Do these stats show golfers are starting to embrace the World Handicap System?

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Ping ChipR

Features

This might be the best club ever made for average golfers

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Stars rejecting new PGA Tour initiative is a huge blow to fans

World Rankings body announces system shake-up

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conforming golf clubs

Rules of Golf

Groovy! You can still use your old clubs in competitions

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golf scorecard mistake

Rules of Golf

Help! I put my scores in the wrong box – is there a penalty?

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Ladies European Tour Q-School

LET

Who made the grade at Ladies European Tour Q-School?

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Ludvig Aberg

LIV Golf

‘I will never try to chase money’: Ludvig Aberg says he turned down LIV Golf

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WHS golf

World Handicap System

I put in every card for handicap for six months – what did I learn?

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PGA Tour Q-School

News

Here are the five new faces you’ll see on the PGA Tour next year

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golf ball marker

Rules of Golf

My ball hit a marker on the green and went in – does it count?

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ground under repair

Club

Are tractor ruts considered ground under repair?

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Preferred lies

Club

Can I switch my ball when taking preferred lies relief?

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Ground Under Repair sign

Rules of Golf

Do I have to take a drop out of ground under repair?

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lost golf ball

Club

Help! I’ve run out of balls – what now?

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Amen Corner

Courses and Travel

‘I don’t really care what Augusta does’: Do classic courses need protecting from big hitters?

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Is golf really broken?

Is golf really broken?

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golf ball roll back

Which balls will be legal when roll back arrives?

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world handicap system

World Handicap System

Ignore the critics – there is plenty to like about the WHS changes

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golf lost ball rule

Rules of Golf

I found my ball but lost it again – what happens now?

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ball moves on putting green

Rules of Golf

Can I rotate my ball on the green without marking it?

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golf ball roll back

Club

Universal golf ball roll back will reduce distance for everyone

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hole in one

Rules of Golf

I ‘lost’ my ball but found it in the hole – is it a hole in one?

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golf ball roll back

Will my golf ball travel as far? Here’s what roll back means to you

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shorter golf ball

Club

A shorter golf ball? It’s clubs who will need to make it work

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golf ball roll back

Could the golf ball be rolled back for everyone?

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golf club distances

Rules of Golf

Does an air shot count as a stroke?

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golf injuries

Rules of Golf

Ouch! I’ve been hit by a golf ball – why have the Rules put me on the clock?

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David Scott

David Scott to become PGA captain in 2025

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golf ball lost in leaves

Rules of Golf

My ball’s buried in a pile of leaves – what happens now?

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golf slow play

Club

Here are five (really) easy ways to speed up your weekend game

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wasim haq

England Golf director resigns after “Hitler” row

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Nine in a row! Matt Wallace ties world record in epic birdie spree

Nine in a row! Matt Wallace ties world record in epic birdie spree

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golf ball search

Rules of Golf

Can I stop my opponent looking for my ball?

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