What’s it like to play an Open Championship venue in the full glare of the grandstands? Did Steve Carroll doff a metaphorical cap to the crowds. Did he conquer the difficult 11th?

It’s the latest instalment of our video series where we discuss courses recently #PlayedbyNCG in depth.

This week, NCG publisher Tom Irwin questions Steve on the delights of Royal Troon, which he visited in June a few weeks before Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson played out one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the Claret Jug.


It was a memorable experience as Steve gatecrashed the Mercedes-Benz Patrons’ Day, hosted by Gary Player.

But did Royal Troon live up to the hype and how did Steve get on when he negotiated the famous Postage Stamp par 3?

We take a look at how to trim some of the fat off your visit once you’ve made an investment in paying the green fee and Tom grills Steve on his Troon Open knowledge. Will he pass the test?