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.

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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

19th 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

4th 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

23rd 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 09/10/2016

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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Newport National 26/07/2016

5th Rhode Island - Best in Area
The Orchard course at Newport National opened to great fanfare in the early years of this century. Plans included a grandiose clubhouse and a second course on adjacent la...

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Oakmont 14/06/2016

1st Pennsylvania - Best in Area 5th USA Ranking 5th North America Ranking 7th World Ranking
With our national championship on tap at Oakmont, I thought a review would be timely. The first time put I ever had there was a 15 footer that broke 8 feet………….and that w...

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Dingle - Ceann Sibeal 11/06/2016

8th Kerry - Best in Area 51st Ireland Ranking
Ceann Sibeal golf course is located in a splendid spot with views of Sybil Head, the Three (or “tree” as the locals put it) Sisters and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second hi...

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County Louth 06/06/2016

1st Louth - Best in Area 11th Ireland Ranking 57th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The farther away from the clubhouse you are at Baltray, the better the golf. The first two holes are quite ordinary, but things get much better at the 3rd, a par five to...

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The Island 04/06/2016

2nd Dublin - Best in Area 8th Ireland Ranking 51st 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 4th 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 59th 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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