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.

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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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Black Rock Country Club 28/09/2020

27th Massachusetts - Best in Area
The owners of Boston Golf Club rejected the property that is now Black Rock because of the extensive amount of ledge. Building Black Rock required extensive blasting but...

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Northeast Harbor 24/09/2020

12th Maine - Best in Area
With apologies to longer hitting readers, I confess that I like Northeast Harbor. Yes, the back tees measure only 5600 yards. And, yes, the longest par 4 is only 415 yard...

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Montcalm 29/08/2020

8th New Hampshire - Best in Area
George Sargent, the architect of Montcalm, did a brilliant job. He did not create a brilliant golf course, but given the difficult piece of land he had to work with, Sarg...

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Owl's Nest 29/08/2020

11th New Hampshire - Best in Area
New Hampshire has 48 mountains over 4000 feet in height*. The peaks of at least ten of them are visible from Owl’s Nest Golf Club. The course’s finest view—one of the bes...

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Mohegan Sun 23/07/2020

24th Connecticut - Best in Area
The most fun at Mohegan Sun comes early in the round with back to back par 5s at the 5th and 6th. Both are short, 505 and 495 from the back tees, but both provide strateg...

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Sara Bay 23/02/2020

50th Florida - Best in Area
In 2018, Sara Bay hired Kris Spence to restore their course. His work here is at least the equal of his past successes at Roaring Gap and Sedgefield. Previous changes had...

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Presidio 28/11/2019

Gem USA - Best in Area
Presidio is not far from San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. But William Gladstone Merchant and Bernard Maybeck’s striking building is not the only artwork in the neighb...

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Tobacco Road 18/11/2019

8th North Carolina - Best in Area
Much has been written about Mike Strantz’s imaginative work here. I always make it a practice to stop by on the way between Pinehurst and RDU airport. I’m always charmed...

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Pinehurst (No.4) 16/11/2019

15th North Carolina - Best in Area
Soon after Gil Hanse redesigned the Blue Course at Doral, PGA tour professional Billy Horschel told him he didn’t like the changes. “Now I have to think on every hole,” w...

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Warwick 15/11/2019

5th 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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Hope Valley 14/11/2019

29th North Carolina - Best in Area
Things are not as they used to be at Hope Valley. For example the white Los Angeles style house just left of the ninth tee was once owned by two men who delighted in open...

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Keney Park 22/10/2019

11th 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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The Prairie Club (Pines) 26/09/2019

7th 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

18th 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 22/09/2019

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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