Steve MacQuarrie

Steve has played more than 600 golf courses on three continents and in all 50 states, including over 60 of this site’s Top 100. Despite his mediocre abilities as a golfer, he has at least a broad basis for comparison. His favorites are Cruden Bay, Oakmont, North Berwick, National Golf Links and Royal Melbourne (West). Steve’s partial to firm and fast conditions, to the line of charm, to running approach shots, and to contoured greens. He prefers walking…and playing at a brisk pace. If these are also your interests, you may find his reviews informative.

A resident of New England, he belongs to four clubs there as well as the Donald Ross and Seth Raynor Societies. He tries to review courses that have not been heavily covered here.

When he’s not playing golf, Steve’s other interests include sailing, hiking, skiing and curling.

Reviews


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Athens 17/11/2021

54th Georgia - Best in Area
Tom Doak is right that there are a number of greens missing Ross’s usual undulations. But the 3rd, 4th (which looks a lot like a Raynor Maiden), 10th, and 18th have as mu...

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Georgia Southern University 17/11/2021

Gem USA - Best in Area
If you hang around Georgia Southern for a while, you’ll see the abbreviation GATA. It’s an abbreviation of the inspirational words former football coach Erk Russell used...

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Athens 17/11/2021

54th Georgia - Best in Area
Tom Doak is right that there are a number of greens missing Ross’s usual undulations. But the 3rd, 4th (which looks a lot like a Raynor Maiden), 10th, and 18th have as mu...

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East Lake 17/11/2021

4th Georgia - Best in Area
Thirty-two members of the Donald Ross Society visited East Lake in November 2021 only to discover that the much of the work of the renowned Scottish architect had been ex...

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The Creek 23/10/2021

15th New York - Best in Area 88th USA Ranking
Camouflage is a tactic most often associated with Alister Mackenzie. Even though Mackenzie never saw this place, there’s camouflage at work at The Creek...........in the...

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Sakonnet 19/10/2021

8th Rhode Island - Best in Area
Sakonnet is a fun golf course in a tiny state that’s full of them. The ocean hits you smack in the face as you climb the gentle hill to the first green. St. George’s Towe...

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Southampton 19/10/2021

30th New York - Best in Area
Playing a Seth Raynor course creates the anticipation of seeing a number of his template holes. Southampton does not disappoint in that regard. The Short, Knoll, Redan, D...

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The Bridge 19/10/2021

29th New York - Best in Area
The east end of Long Island was settled by New Englanders and still retains a number of New England characteristics. The Bridge features artistic drinking fountains on a...

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Nantucket 24/09/2021

17th Massachusetts - Best in Area
One of the challenges when rating golf courses is dealing with preconceptions about the architect. My host at Nantucket told the story of a visitor to his club in Florida...

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Sunningdale Country Club 17/09/2021

39th New York - Best in Area
M. James Ward’s hopes for Sunningdale have been realized. Given the course’s varied architectural lineage, the club was wise to give Mike Devries a free hand, rather than...

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Wellesley 16/09/2021

45th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Though Wellesley sometimes touts its Donald Ross heritage, there’s hardly any of the Dornochman’s work left. Only four holes (5, 7, 8 and 10) are where Ross placed them a...

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Sleepy Hollow (Upper) 16/09/2021

16th New York - Best in Area 92nd USA Ranking
Sleepy Hollow is one of the handful of courses designed by Charles Blair Macdonald. One of Macdonald’s finest quotes came to mind: “Don’t confuse the canvas with the artw...

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Stone Ridge 07/06/2021

72nd Ohio - Best in Area
On a two week tour of the Northeast and Midwest, I played a dozen courses listed on this site. Stone Ridge had some tough competition, and though I enjoyed my round, I fo...

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Leatherstocking 07/06/2021

34th New York - Best in Area
Charles Blair Macdonald, the father of golf course architecture, had a couple pithy thoughts that I would apply to Leatherstocking:“Golf greens are to golf courses as fac...

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Bald Peak Colony 07/06/2021

2nd New Hampshire - Best in Area
Those curious about New Hampshire’s nickname can see evidence at Bald Peak Colony Club. The Granite State’s granite is in abundance there, from the Bald Knob for which th...

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Forest Dunes (The Loop - Red) 01/06/2021

15th Michigan - Best in Area
Of a dog walking on his hind legs, Samuel Johnson once said, “The wonder is not that it is not done well. The wonder is that it’s done at all.” The great English writer n...

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Arcadia Bluffs (South) 01/06/2021

18th Michigan - Best in Area
Given the squared features I’d heard about, I expected the South course to feature the template holes of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor. There were none. But the course h...

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Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs) 01/06/2021

12th Michigan - Best in Area
Though the course was built on rolling land, Arcadia Dunes’ massive dunes are man-made. Nonetheless, the course very much has the feel of oceanfront courses in Ireland. T...

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