Steve MacQuarrie

Steve has played more than 500 golf courses on three continents, including over half of this site’s Top 100. So 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 and reserves his Albatross rating for what he considers the Top 100 Golf Courses in the U.S. (or Top 200 in the World).

When he’s not playing golf, Steve’s other interests include sailing, hiking, skiing and curling.

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The Island 04/06/2016

2nd Dublin - Best in Area 8th Ireland Ranking 50th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I could have been at Yale…..or maybe the Old Course ………playing the 9th and 10th at The Island. The front nine closes with a short par 3 featuring a Biarritz green…..even...

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Castlerock (Mussenden) 02/06/2016

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 5th Northern Ireland Ranking
Two things that characterize many of the great links courses are present at Castlerock: a railway and a caravan park. Wonderful golf is a third characteristic its Mussend...

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Carne (Hackett) 29/05/2016

1st Mayo - Best in Area 12th Ireland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Eddie Hackett certainly knew how to route a golf course. And at Carne he got a piece of land that allowed his genius to show through. One can just imagine the former Port...

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Agawam Hunt 18/05/2016

15th Rhode Island - Best in Area
The most memorable feature at Agawam is the trip from the 7th green to the 8th tee. It requires the golfer to walk through the garage of a two-family house that borders t...

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Menlo 17/05/2016

31st California - Best in Area
Because most of his designs are outside the U.S (in 20 different countries), Kyle Phillips is not always on the American golf radar. When my host at Menlo heard Phillips...

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Shelter Harbor 15/05/2016

1st Rhode Island - Best in Area 98th USA Ranking
Among the many outstanding features at Shelter Harbor, two stand out: bunkers and rocks. While the number is not excessive, the bunker locations Mike Hurdzan and Dana Fry...

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Black Bear 29/04/2016

7th Louisiana - Best in Area
I found myself thinking of Charles Dickens as I played Black Bear. The “worst of times” here is the poor condition of the course. The fairways were full of weeds and the...

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Shoal Creek - Alabama 23/04/2016

2nd Alabama - Best in Area
While Jack Nicklaus is the architect of record, Robert Trent Jones had a hand in the development of Shoal Creek. In the 50s, Jones shortened Country Club of Birmingham’s...

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Jupiter Hills (Hills) 03/04/2016

10th Florida - Best in Area
Though Pete Dye is generally credited with first using the waste area as a hazard—at his 1969 Harbourtown course, another 1969 also makes use of this feature. Half the ho...

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Seminole 31/03/2016

1st Florida - Best in Area 17th USA Ranking 17th North America Ranking 29th World Ranking
The fundamental question at Seminole is the degree to which difficulty makes for a great golf course. If one equates resistance to scoring with greatness (a la Golf Diges...

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Mountain Lake 06/03/2016

7th Florida - Best in Area
Just off one of the strip mall-infested highways that abound in Florida lies one of the state’s original gated communities—and among its most charming. As at Fisher’s Isl...

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Old Marsh Golf Club 27/02/2016

28th Florida - Best in Area
Old Marsh is aptly named. Though it’s not particularly old (a Pete Dye design from his heyday in the late 80s), the course is surrounded by Florida marsh, giving the golf...

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Pine Tree 22/02/2016

14th Florida - Best in Area
Tom Doak claims that Dick Wilson did extensive work on the Seminole green complexes and Pine Tree sure felt like it had a Seminole vibe to me, i.e. requiring great precis...

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Carnegie Abbey 10/12/2015

12th Rhode Island - Best in Area
Donald Steel has created as interesting a set of green complexes as there is in the state. The humps and bumps make for challenging and always different putting. And the...

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