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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Highlands Links 13/08/2015

3rd Nova Scotia - Best in Area 4th Canada Ranking 62nd North America Ranking
Did you ever finish reading a book or listening to a piece of music that everyone else loved and wonder why? That’s how I felt after playing Highlands Links. Yes, the sce...

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Wanumetonomy 10/08/2015

8th Rhode Island - Best in Area
When T. Suffern Tailer hired Seth Raynor to build the now extinct Ocean Links course adjacent to Newport Country Club, Tailer donated Raynor’s design services to a group...

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Firestone (South) 05/08/2015

16th Ohio - Best in Area
“If you’ve seen a course on television, the chances are good it’s overrated.” I used to think this thesis applies to the course hosting this week’s WGC event, but this we...

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Barwon Heads 01/08/2015

15th Victoria - Best in Area 29th Australia Ranking 38th Oceania Ranking
My first shot at Barwon Heads went about 50 yards dead left into a clump of bushes just short of one of the houses that border the course. Immediately, I had two fears: 1...

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Port Fairy 30/07/2015

24th Victoria - Best in Area 54th Australia Ranking 73rd Oceania Ranking
In their lovely work on the subject of links golf, George Peper and Malcolm Campbell identify a handful of true links courses on the Australian continent. The least known...

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Oakland Hills (North) 01/07/2015

24th Michigan - Best in Area
Across the street from Oakland Hills’ renowned South course is its poor cousin: Oakland Hills North. A public course for 35 years until 1968, it’s far better than most pu...

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Barton Hills 28/06/2015

16th Michigan - Best in Area
In 2011, Barton Hills members took a trip to Franklin Hills to view Ron Pritchard’s restoration work there and immediately hired Pritchard to restore their course to its...

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Baker Hill 25/06/2015

9th New Hampshire - Best in Area
Baker Hill is one of a number of upscale private courses built in New Hampshire in the 21st century in the wake of Golf Club of New England’s 1990 debut. Baker Hill, howe...

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TPC Boston 23/06/2015

11th Massachusetts - Best in Area
I hadn’t played here since Gil Hanse’s renovations some years ago and was pleasantly surprised during a recent round. While the routing is still the original Ed Seay work...

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Chambers Bay 19/06/2015

2nd Washington - Best in Area
With the US Open starting today, I thought a review of my recent round at Chambers Bay would be appropriate. The views of Puget sound are delightful—one of only four US c...

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Franklin Hills 15/06/2015

5th Michigan - Best in Area
Franklin Hills was returned to its original Donald Ross specifications by restoration architect Ron Pritchard in 2004. While not among Ross’s best efforts, Franklin Hills...

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Forest Dunes (Weiskopf) 11/06/2015

8th Michigan - Best in Area
Forest Dunes is misnamed. While there’s plenty of forest, there’s not a dune in sight. There are sandy waste areas on a few holes, but I guess it wouldn’t do to have call...

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Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs) 09/06/2015

13th Michigan - Best in Area
Arcadia Bluffs is another of the modern links courses inspired by the return to classic design that started in the mid-nineties at Sand Hills. While not quite in the same...

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