Steve MacQuarrie

Steve has played more than 600 golf courses on three continents and in all 50 states, including over half 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 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.

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

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Presidio 28/11/2019

Gem USA - Best in Area
Presidio is not far from San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. But William Gladstone Merchant and Bernard Maybeck’s striking building is not the only artwork in the neighb...

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Tobacco Road 18/11/2019

9th North Carolina - Best in Area
Much has been written about Mike Strantz’s imaginative work here. I always make it a practice to stop by on the way between Pinehurst and RDU airport. I’m always charmed...

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Pinehurst (No.4) 16/11/2019

24th North Carolina - Best in Area
Soon after Gil Hanse redesigned the Blue Course at Doral, PGA tour professional Billy Horschel told him he didn’t like the changes. “Now I have to think on every hole,” w...

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Warwick 15/11/2019

7th Rhode Island - Best in Area
I believe there are only half a dozen courses in the US where one can see the ocean from all 18 holes. Warwick is a recent addition to this select group, the result of cu...

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Hope Valley 14/11/2019

27th North Carolina - Best in Area
Things are not as they used to be at Hope Valley. For example the white Los Angeles style house just left of the ninth tee was once owned by two men who delighted in open...

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Keney Park 22/10/2019

17th Connecticut - Best in Area
On my way to Philadelphia Cricket Club, I found a real cricket pitch next to the golf course. (I never saw one at Philly Cricket.) Though I can’t say how good the cricket...

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Prairie Club (Pines) 26/09/2019

8th Nebraska - Best in Area
The Prairie Club’s Pines Course might have been called the Line of Charm Course. Time and again, the player stands on the tee (or on the second shot on a par five) and ha...

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Town & Country Club 26/09/2019

21st Minnesota - Best in Area
Where is it written that golf courses are supposed to have ten par 4s and an equal number of par 3s and par 5s? Certainly not at Town & Country, which features only 8 par...

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Sutton Bay 24/09/2019

1st South Dakota - Best in Area
I’m sometimes skeptical reading glowing reviews from folks who haven’t posted many reviews here. But Tim and Troy are spot on. Sutton Bay is a Top 100 course.The only sho...

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Woodhill Country Club 23/09/2019

16th Minnesota - Best in Area
Woodhill Country Club is a country club indeed. In addition to its Donald Ross golf course, it boasts a swimming pool, clay and grass tennis courts. Things don’t slow dow...

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Northland 22/09/2019

6th Minnesota - Best in Area
The members at Northland gave Donald Ross a challenging piece of property to work with, but the Dornochman rose to the occasion. Ross negotiated the hundred foot change i...

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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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Myopia Hunt 20/07/2019

4th Massachusetts - Best in Area 51st USA Ranking 58th 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 73rd USA Ranking 84th 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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