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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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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Point Judith 14/07/2017

11th Rhode Island - Best in Area
Like a lot of Donald Ross’s work, Point Judith has been changed by other architects since Ross was there ninety years ago. While the routing has changed little in that pe...

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Rhode Island 27/10/2016

4th Rhode Island - Best in Area
I had a “Three Bridge” day for my most recent round at Rhode Island Country Club. That’s what the locals call a clear day on the club as the view from the clubhouse inclu...

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Newport National 26/07/2016

5th Rhode Island - Best in Area
The Orchard course at Newport National opened to great fanfare in the early years of this century. Plans included a grandiose clubhouse and a second course on adjacent la...

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Agawam Hunt 18/05/2016

15th Rhode Island - Best in Area
The most memorable feature at Agawam is the trip from the 7th green to the 8th tee. It requires the golfer to walk through the garage of a two-family house that borders t...

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Shelter Harbor 15/05/2016

1st Rhode Island - Best in Area 98th USA Ranking
Among the many outstanding features at Shelter Harbor, two stand out: bunkers and rocks. While the number is not excessive, the bunker locations Mike Hurdzan and Dana Fry...

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Carnegie Abbey 10/12/2015

12th Rhode Island - Best in Area
Donald Steel has created as interesting a set of green complexes as there is in the state. The humps and bumps make for challenging and always different putting. And the...

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Newport Country Club 06/11/2015

3rd Rhode Island - Best in Area
Newport Country Club is steeped in history, and not just golf history. Local lore has it that the trenches that cross the 10th fairway were dug as part of a troop encampm...

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Wannamoisett 16/09/2015

2nd Rhode Island - Best in Area
At first blush, one might wonder how challenging a golf course can be that doesn’t exceed 6700 yards from the farthest tees. But ask the players in the most 2014 Northeas...

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Wanumetonomy 10/08/2015

8th Rhode Island - Best in Area
When T. Suffern Tailer hired Seth Raynor to build the now extinct Ocean Links course adjacent to Newport Country Club, Tailer donated Raynor’s design services to a group...

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