They listen dutifully to us and try to help no matter what we ask. But, as the From the Clubhouse team discuss, we do ask our club professionals some silly things

What’s the weather forecast? The course is closed, any idea when it will be open? Can I return these year-old shoes? We’re all guilty of bombarding our hard-working club pro with some pretty ridiculous queries and, on the From the Clubhouse, we reveal some of the stranger requests.

Tom Irwin has basically been ringing around every pro he knows and asking them to tell us, anonymously of course, about the daftest questions they’ve been asked by members. He’s also been listening in to golfers.

Maybe you’re guilty of asking some of these, maybe you think some of these are perfectly above board, but you’ll recognise someone you know in all of these situations.

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If that wasn’t controversial enough, we also address the seemingly and endlessly controversial topic of whether greenkeepers or golfers should have priority on the course – and Steve Carroll has some very strong views.

It’s every shot counts now for Steve, who has begun a six-month odyssey of putting in a score from every round he plays that’s acceptable, and he gives us an update on the first of those before being put under the spotlight by Tom to explain a series of rules incidents at the PGA Championship.

That’s a lot for one episode and so let’s get stuck in!

What do you think? Should greenkeepers always have priority on the course, and are we at liberty to ask our club pro any question we like? Let us know with a tweet.

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 23 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former captain and committee member, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the national Tournament Administrators and Referee's Seminar. He has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying and the PGA Fourball Championship. A member of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. Steve is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 3-Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Hybrids: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Irons: TaylorMade Stealth 5-A Wedge Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe 54 and 58 Putter: Sik Sho Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Handicap: 11.3

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