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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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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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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