Steve MacQuarrie

Steve has played more than 700 golf courses on three continents and in all 50 states, including over 60 of this site’s Top 100 in the world. 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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Bandon Dunes (Sheep Ranch) 03/08/2022

Gem USA - Best in Area
Caveat Golfer: I played the Ranch in the morning and though the poa was visible it caused no putting problems. I suspect that later in the day, things would not be so ben...

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Florence Golf Links 26/07/2022

30th Oregon - Best in Area
Mounds abound………at Florence Golf Links. There are hundreds of these artificial humps, some greenside but most bordering fairways. Some like the look but for me it creates...

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Portsalon 04/06/2022

7th Donegal - Best in Area 22nd Ireland Ranking
The introduction to Portsalon is not overwhelming with a wire mesh barrier crossing the fairway at about 150 yards. At first I could only think its purpose was to keep ba...

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Narin & Portnoo 02/06/2022

4th Donegal - Best in Area 18th Ireland Ranking 74th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The first three holes here are on the flattest part of the course, though the first fairway has some intriguing humps and bumps. But the new greens on all three are an im...

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Cruit Island 31/05/2022

9th Donegal - Best in Area 53rd Ireland Ranking
I recognize that an occasional blind hole can be attractive but few would argue that blind is a superior design. On all but the par 3s at Cruit Island, a blind shot is en...

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Mulranny 25/05/2022

5th Mayo - Best in Area
Those who’ve played at Brora or Glenwild during elk season wouldn’t be surprised at the animals grazing at Mulranny or the fences around each green that keep those animal...

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Carne (Hackett) 24/05/2022

1st Mayo - Best in Area 14th Ireland Ranking 66th Britain & Ireland Ranking
My May 2016 review covered what’s today called the Hackett course—the original 18 holes. This one reviews what’s now played as the Wild Atlantic Dunes course—nine Hackett...

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Westhampton 16/05/2022

44th New York - Best in Area
Over a century ago, before courses were irrigated, architects often built topped shot bunkers across an entire fairway. These were intended to penalize topped shots that...

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Maidstone 14/05/2022

8th New York - Best in Area 32nd USA Ranking 36th North America Ranking 71st World Ranking
Maidstone lies at the west end of the Atlantic Double Dunes, a pair of parallel sand ridges thar run for two and a half miles behind the beach on Long Island’s south shor...

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East Hampton 11/05/2022

35th New York - Best in Area
Seth Raynor lived just down the road from East Hampton and for seven holes, I thought perhaps his ghost had been here. The former Southampton town surveyor is well known...

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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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