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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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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Manchester Country Club 16/11/2015

6th New Hampshire - Best in Area
Manchester has a strong sense of its history. The club, for example, recently unearthed the fact that its original colors were yellow and red and now each flagstick sport...

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Newport Country Club 06/11/2015

3rd Rhode Island - Best in Area
Newport Country Club is steeped in history, and not just golf history. Local lore has it that the trenches that cross the 10th fairway were dug as part of a troop encampm...

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Eastward Ho! 02/11/2015

5th Massachusetts - Best in Area 61st USA Ranking 70th North America Ranking
“A variety of stances in the fairway is a key challenge of golf, and Nature is much better at providing this variety than the hand of man.” Tom DoakI’m not sure Doak had...

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Charlotte 30/10/2015

4th North Carolina - Best in Area
Charlotte has had a number of architects since two members laid out a rudimentary course before World War I. A few years ago, the membership decided it was Donald Ross’s...

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Roaring Gap 17/10/2015

6th North Carolina - Best in Area
The most impressive aspect of Roaring Gap is its setting, perched at the top of a cliff, 1800 feet above the adjacent town of Thurmond. The finest view is from the 17th g...

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Fox Chapel 27/09/2015

5th Pennsylvania - Best in Area 94th USA Ranking
The Seth Raynor Society visited Fox Chapel in September, 2015 and Superintendent Jason Hurwitz had a special treat for the Raynor aficionados: the greens were double cut...

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Allegheny 26/09/2015

23rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area
There’s a bit of an Oakmont vibe driving up to the Allegheny club house: a sizeable lovely old building with expansive views (i.e. not a tree in sight) of the golf course...

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Wannamoisett 16/09/2015

2nd Rhode Island - Best in Area
At first blush, one might wonder how challenging a golf course can be that doesn’t exceed 6700 yards from the farthest tees. But ask the players in the most 2014 Northeas...

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Metropolitan 09/09/2015

7th Victoria - Best in Area 13th Australia Ranking 17th Oceania Ranking
Metropolitan is a MacKenzie course—twice. The first designer was a member, J.H. Mackenzie. His work was modified as a result of his namesake’s (Alister) historic 1926 Aus...

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Lake of Isles (South) 05/09/2015

14th Connecticut - Best in Area
This is not Rees Jones’ best effort. Lake of Isles’ private course is characterized by far too many dull, flat putting surfaces. Nearly all feature bunker in front. At di...

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