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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Glens Falls 07/09/2019

26th New York - Best in Area
Some Donald Ross courses open with a “play away” hole, a simple one that allows the player a bit of leeway to get the round started. Glens Falls is not one of them. On th...

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Lake Sunapee 07/09/2019

2nd New Hampshire - Best in Area
Two things stood out for me at Lake Sunapee. Tree removal has opened up many gorgeous views, especially those featuring Mt. Kearsarge—where I had warmed up for my round t...

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Essex County Club 20/07/2019

3rd Massachusetts - Best in Area 53rd USA Ranking 60th North America Ranking
I’m a slow player at Essex. The 8th hole—a medium length par 4—generally takes me at least twenty minutes. That’s because I usually stop at the 150 yard marker and walk i...

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Myopia Hunt 20/07/2019

4th Massachusetts - Best in Area 58th USA Ranking 66th North America Ranking
I liked everything about Myopia but the holes.The conditioning was excellent—firm and fast throughout. The views were splendid—especially after the massive number of tree...

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Kittansett 20/07/2019

7th Massachusetts - Best in Area 77th USA Ranking 88th North America Ranking
I first played here in the 1970s and couldn’t figure out what all the hoopla was about. A number of return visits over the years did little to change my view. But last we...

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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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