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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Wanumetonomy 09/08/2015

9th 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) 04/08/2015

15th 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 31/07/2015

16th Victoria - Best in Area 30th 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 29/07/2015

22nd Victoria - Best in Area 51st 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) 30/06/2015

22nd 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 27/06/2015

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 24/06/2015

7th 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 22/06/2015

13th 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 18/06/2015

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 14/06/2015

8th 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) 10/06/2015

7th 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) 08/06/2015

12th 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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Kingsley Club 07/06/2015

3rd Michigan - Best in Area 85th USA Ranking 99th North America Ranking
While not as well-known as nearby Crystal Downs, the Kingsley Club provides an equally splendid golf experience. It’s all about the golf here. There are no other activiti...

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