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.

Reviews


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Sedgefield (Ross) 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 36th USA Ranking 40th 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

6th 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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Sawgrass (East & West) 10/07/2017

64th Florida - Best in Area
A fine set of par 3s, interesting enough green complexes and plenty of water to challenge the player on both tee shots and approaches. Courses built for riding, with some...

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Kinloch Golf Club 10/07/2017

1st Virginia - Best in Area
Where else can you watch the greens crew cleaning slime from rocks in water hazards? Kinloch Golf Club features a number of artificial streams. Water is pumped from the l...

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Mountain Ridge 16/06/2017

11th New Jersey - Best in Area
Public Service Corporation of New Jersey was the unlikely patron of the current Mountain Ridge golf course. The original course was located on a very hilly—and quite unsa...

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Timuquana 27/04/2017

31st Florida - Best in Area
Given a long, narrow piece of land to work with, it would have been easy for an ordinary architect to fashion a course of straight, parallel holes. But Donald Ross was no...

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Yeamans Hall 27/04/2017

2nd South Carolina - Best in Area 48th USA Ranking 53rd North America Ranking
Seth Raynor’s template holes abound here. I find their charm not in their sameness but in the subtle differences. Here, for example, the Biarritz’s valley is in front of...

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Lake of Isles (North) 27/04/2017

19th Connecticut - Best in Area
A common concept in golf course architecture is the “playaway” hole—a simple, forgiving start allowing the golfer’s round to begin quickly and easily. The opening hole at...

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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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