Steve MacQuarrie

Steve has played more than 600 golf courses on three continents and in all 50 states, including over 60 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 four 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.

Reviews


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Sunningdale Country Club 17/09/2021

39th New York - Best in Area
M. James Ward’s hopes for Sunningdale have been realized. Given the course’s varied architectural lineage, the club was wise to give Mike Devries a free hand, rather than...

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Wellesley 16/09/2021

45th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Though Wellesley sometimes touts its Donald Ross heritage, there’s hardly any of the Dornochman’s work left. Only four holes (5, 7, 8 and 10) are where Ross placed them a...

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Sleepy Hollow (Upper) 16/09/2021

16th New York - Best in Area 92nd USA Ranking
Sleepy Hollow is one of the handful of courses designed by Charles Blair Macdonald. One of Macdonald’s finest quotes came to mind: “Don’t confuse the canvas with the artw...

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Stone Ridge 07/06/2021

72nd Ohio - Best in Area
On a two week tour of the Northeast and Midwest, I played a dozen courses listed on this site. Stone Ridge had some tough competition, and though I enjoyed my round, I fo...

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Leatherstocking 07/06/2021

34th New York - Best in Area
Charles Blair Macdonald, the father of golf course architecture, had a couple pithy thoughts that I would apply to Leatherstocking:“Golf greens are to golf courses as fac...

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Bald Peak Colony 07/06/2021

2nd New Hampshire - Best in Area
Those curious about New Hampshire’s nickname can see evidence at Bald Peak Colony Club. The Granite State’s granite is in abundance there, from the Bald Knob for which th...

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Forest Dunes (The Loop - Red) 01/06/2021

15th Michigan - Best in Area
Of a dog walking on his hind legs, Samuel Johnson once said, “The wonder is not that it is not done well. The wonder is that it’s done at all.” The great English writer n...

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Arcadia Bluffs (South) 01/06/2021

18th Michigan - Best in Area
Given the squared features I’d heard about, I expected the South course to feature the template holes of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor. There were none. But the course h...

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Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs) 01/06/2021

12th Michigan - Best in Area
Though the course was built on rolling land, Arcadia Dunes’ massive dunes are man-made. Nonetheless, the course very much has the feel of oceanfront courses in Ireland. T...

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Sand Valley (Mammoth Dunes) 28/05/2021

6th Wisconsin - Best in Area
The best word to describe golf at Mammoth Dunes is options. On the short par 4 sixth hole, my playing companion had a 30 yard approach shot and commented that he had thre...

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Dunes Club 28/05/2021

4th Michigan - Best in Area
The first challenge encountered at The Dunes Club is finding the place. There’s no signage, just a dirt road off a country lane. A lost golfer once asked a woman walking...

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Turning Stone (Shenendoah) 23/05/2021

86th New York - Best in Area
Turning Stone’s first course is generally ranked lower than its younger sibling, but I found it more interesting than Atunyote. The green complexes are more challenging w...

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Turning Stone (Atunyote) 23/05/2021

69th New York - Best in Area
As my (admittedly limited) experience playing casino golf courses was not good, I didn’t have high expectations when I teed it up at Atunyote. I’m pleased to report that...

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Bonita Bay (Bay Island) 25/02/2021

78th Florida - Best in Area
Dogleg holes are often more interesting than straight ones. The strategic decision of how close to come to the hazard(s) at the corner makes for great fun and an opportun...

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Worcester Country Club 19/02/2021

18th Massachusetts - Best in Area
With a golf course that’s nearly a century old, the club has done well to stretch the length out to over 6700 yards. Two factors can make it feel even longer: Par is 70,...

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Hotchkiss 19/02/2021

33rd Connecticut - Best in Area
I very much wanted to like Hotchkiss. As a member of the Seth Raynor Society and the author of a history of a Raynor course, I was looking forward to playing another Rayn...

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Atkinson Resort 28/09/2020

16th New Hampshire - Best in Area
The strength of Atkinson lies in its par fives. All require strategic choices off the tee, deciding how close to a hazard to come to provide the best angle on the next sh...

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Brae Burn 28/09/2020

23rd Massachusetts - Best in Area
Donald Ross is buried in hilly Newton Cemetery about a mile from Brae Burn’s first tee. Brae Burn’s hilly terrain created some challenges for the Scotsman even while he w...

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