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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Kebo Valley 28/08/2017

6th 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

28th 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

10th 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

62nd 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

2nd 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

21st 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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Essex County Country Club 19/10/2016

9th New Jersey - Best in Area
Generally when a club hires an architect to build a course where one already exists, the new architect blows up the old course in its entirety. When Seth Raynor looked at...

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Applebrook 18/10/2016

18th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
In 2001, a pair of New England golf course developers visited Applebrook and were so impressed by the work of little-known architect Gil Hanse that they hired him to desi...

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Tamarack 13/10/2016

3rd Connecticut - Best in Area
Seeing the former President of the United States naked was my strongest memory of playing Tamarack a couple decades ago. My more recent visit revealed a delightful golf c...

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Exmoor 11/10/2016

22nd Illinois - Best in Area
Just to the east of Saunton Golf Club’s fine East Course lies the Exmoor region of Devon, site of Richard Blackmore’s romantic novel, Lorna Doone. The book was such a se...

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Beverly Country Club 08/10/2016

7th Illinois - Best in Area
Beverly’s signature hole is # 14, a short, straight par 4. Unusual signature you say? The reasoning is that it’s the first hole Ron Prichard restored in his 2001 effort h...

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Plainfield 22/09/2016

3rd New Jersey - Best in Area 57th USA Ranking 66th North America Ranking
On a chilly November day a few years ago, Scott Paris’s phone rang. On the other end was Gil Hanse. “You have to come out to the eighth green,” the architect told Plainfi...

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Bayonne 18/09/2016

10th New Jersey - Best in Area
How often does your caddie tell you to aim your shot at the Empire State Building? At Bayonne, it happened to me—as I addressed my second shot at the sixteenth. The cours...

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