Steve MacQuarrie

Steve has played more than 500 golf courses on three continents, including over half of this site’s Top 100. So 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 three clubs there as well as the Donald Ross and Seth Raynor Societies. He tries to review courses that have not been heavily covered here and reserves his Albatross rating for what he considers the Top 100 Golf Courses in the U.S. (or Top 200 in the World).

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

Reviews


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Hillside 19/05/2019

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 51st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Hillside might be the most strategic course on its island. The tee shot on the first hole asks only that the golfer keep the shot between the rail line on the left and th...

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Formby 17/05/2019

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 18th England Ranking 44th Britain & Ireland Ranking
One quick way to assess the quality of a links course is by looking for a rail line nearby—so many great ones have one (or did as in the case of the Old Course). At Formb...

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Alwoodley 17/05/2019

2nd Yorkshire - Best in Area 14th England Ranking 37th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Alister MacKenzie’s drawing of the course, complete with construction notes, near the men’s locker room. A careful examination shows a very square first green. The curren...

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Fairhaven 17/05/2019

7th Lancashire - Best in Area 97th England Ranking
Fairhaven is a fun course that’s often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors on England’s golf coast. But the neighbors are famous for a reason. The dogleg right 12th...

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Dedham 12/05/2019

25th Massachusetts - Best in Area
The hole names on the scorecard tell of the recent improvements here: Short, Knoll, Prize Dogleg, Maiden, Redan, Cape, Alps, Long, Eden, Lion’s Mouth, Biarritz, and Road....

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Sandestin (Burnt Pine) 14/04/2019

69th Florida - Best in Area
Burnt Pine is a challenging golf course. Don’t take my word for it. Just ask the USGA. The 5910 yard tees slope at 137. No doubt the presence of water is one factor. The...

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Hyannisport 14/04/2019

14th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Conditioning can get more emphasis in these reviews than it deserves. After all, conditions can vary depending on a multitude of factors….while other factors, e.g. routin...

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Grand National (Links) 11/04/2019

12th Alabama - Best in Area
Perhaps it could have been called Redundant National. Four of the first seven greens were identical: three tiered jobs. On the back nine, a new redundancy appeared: a rid...

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Country Club of Mobile 11/04/2019

6th Alabama - Best in Area
A couple years ago Country Club of Mobile hired Brad Klein to suggest improvements to their course. The former Golfweek architecture editor showed them he could do more t...

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Kiva Dunes 11/04/2019

7th Alabama - Best in Area
The nearest Kiva is at least 2000 miles away (in New Mexico) and there’s not much in the way of dunes here either. What is here is a lovely golf course. Though water come...

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Olivas Links 01/02/2019

Gem USA - Best in Area
This is a sweet municipal course just down the road from Ventura Harbor. Built on crepe flat former agricultural land, it now has just enough contour—and enough open vist...

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Pelican Hill (Ocean South) 31/01/2019

39th California - Best in Area
Pelican Hill’s South shares the same difficulty trying to walk the course as its northern sibling. Though there are ocean views--primarily on holes 11-13, which are hard...

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Pelican Hill (Ocean North) 31/01/2019

34th California - Best in Area
Charles Blair MacDonald had been dead for over half a century when Pelican Hill was created. But his maxim—“Don’t confuse the canvas with the artwork” applies here. Only...

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Whitinsville 26/10/2018

15th Massachusetts - Best in Area
In the past month I’ve managed to play what may well be the two finest nine hole courses in the world. And I’m having a difficult time figuring out whether I like Royal W...

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Tedesco 26/10/2018

26th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Ron Forse, ably assisted by member Tom Peckham and superintendent Peter Hasak has made some lovely renovations to the course. The most obvious improvement is in bunkering...

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Longmeadow 12/10/2018

20th Massachusetts - Best in Area
They could have called it Two Tier Country Club. No fewer than five greens (in an 11 hole stretch) have a second tier. On three of them (7, 11, and 12), the shelf is at t...

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