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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Evian 01/09/2018

4th South East France - Best in Area 24th France Ranking
Of a dog walking on its hind legs, Samuel Johnson is reputed to have said, “The wonder is not that it’s not done well, the wonder is that it’s done at all.” The same coul...

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Country Club of Orlando 06/05/2018

48th Florida - Best in Area
Ron Forse changed everything but the routing here in 2017………and for the better. While Forse’s specialty is course restoration (he’s done 39 Ross restorations), the bigges...

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Hammock Dunes (Creek) 03/05/2018

Gem USA - Best in Area
Though the Creek course touts the fact that no real estate can be developed anywhere on the property, the course still has a lot of the feel of a Florida cartball-only la...

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Streamsong (Black) 19/04/2018

6th Florida - Best in Area 99th USA Ranking
“Which of the three Streamsong courses is your favorite?” my caddie asked me as we approached the 18th green. I didn’t answer quickly. It’s an interesting question, but t...

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Deerfield 16/04/2018

9th Delaware - Best in Area
Legend has it that when William Gordon was asked to design Stanwich Country Club’s course, he gave them three options and they chose the toughest. Gordon’s work at Deerfi...

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North Palm Beach 09/04/2018

47th Florida - Best in Area
I asked a long-time member if he remembered Seth Raynor’s original design before Jack Nicklaus blew it up to design a completely new layout. “There wasn’t much Raynor lef...

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Rustic Canyon 09/01/2018

16th California - Best in Area
When Ventura County officials hired then-unknown golf course architect Gil Hanse to design a course for them in 2001, they probably expected to get an ordinary course not...

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Sedgefield 13/12/2017

20th North Carolina - Best in Area
One of my rating shortcuts is that courses one sees on television tend to be overrated. (Another is that the quality of a course is in inverse proportion to the size of t...

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Woodlands Club 26/11/2017

13th Maine - Best in Area
According to the USGA, the Woodlands is one of the dozen most difficult courses in New England……at least if one considers slope rating as a good criteria for difficulty....

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Old Town 25/11/2017

2nd North Carolina - Best in Area 29th USA Ranking 33rd North America Ranking 65th World Ranking
I’d heard all about Perry Maxwell’s “rolls”, but had never seen any until I arrived at Old Town. They might better be called hillocks as most are little humps providing a...

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Glenwild 29/09/2017

2nd Utah - Best in Area
I thought I might have been in Brora. On the third hole, two course workers were surrounding the green with an electrified fence. It seems a herd of elk like to use the b...

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Paa-Ko Ridge (1st & 2nd) 28/09/2017

1st New Mexico - Best in Area
Paa-ko Ridge has it all…….all the things I don’t like about much of golf course design in the latter half of the 20th century. Walking is possible, but not recommended. I...

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Teton Springs (Headwaters) 28/09/2017

3rd Idaho - Best in Area
I didn’t find any springs here, but there were 10 water hazards to contend with. And despite being surrounded by mountains, the course is quite flat. I coulda been in Flo...

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Hartford (Red & Blue) 01/09/2017

11th Connecticut - Best in Area
The year after Spider Miller won the first of his two US Mid-Amateur crowns, Hartford GC invited him back for a visit. The club offered to pay travel expenses for Spider...

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Kebo Valley 28/08/2017

4th Maine - Best in Area
During Harry Vardon’s first tour of the U.S. he played Kebo Valley and declared its greens the finest he’d seen in the country. Among his opponents on that tour was Kebo’...

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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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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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