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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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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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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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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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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Orchards 12/10/2018

28th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Donald Ross’s excellent design is displayed here….just not on the golf course. Ross’s detailed field sketches adorn a hallway in the clubhouse, but those designs are not...

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Miacomet 29/07/2017

27th Massachusetts - Best in Area
If you were blindfolded, taken to Miacomet and told you were in Scotland, you might readily believe it, especially on the new holes Howard Maurer created in 2003. Rolling...

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Eastward Ho! 02/11/2015

5th Massachusetts - Best in Area 56th USA Ranking 64th North America Ranking
“A variety of stances in the fairway is a key challenge of golf, and Nature is much better at providing this variety than the hand of man.” Tom DoakI’m not sure Doak had...

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TPC Boston 23/06/2015

11th Massachusetts - Best in Area
I hadn’t played here since Gil Hanse’s renovations some years ago and was pleasantly surprised during a recent round. While the routing is still the original Ed Seay work...

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Taconic 09/04/2015

13th Massachusetts - Best in Area
While there are only a handful of tee times available each day to non-members, that makes Taconic technically a public course and in my view, the best public course in N...

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