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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Kinloch Golf Club 10/07/2017

1st Virginia - Best in Area
Where else can you watch the greens crew cleaning slime from rocks in water hazards? Kinloch Golf Club features a number of artificial streams. Water is pumped from the l...

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Yeamans Hall 27/04/2017

2nd South Carolina - Best in Area 48th USA Ranking 53rd North America Ranking
Seth Raynor’s template holes abound here. I find their charm not in their sameness but in the subtle differences. Here, for example, the Biarritz’s valley is in front of...

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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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Old Town 25/11/2017

2nd North Carolina - Best in Area 36th USA Ranking 40th North America Ranking 76th World Ranking
I’d heard all about Perry Maxwell’s “rolls”, but had never seen any until I arrived at Old Town. They might better be called hillocks as most are little humps providing a...

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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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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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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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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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Oakmont 14/06/2016

1st Pennsylvania - Best in Area 5th USA Ranking 5th North America Ranking 9th 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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Sedgefield (Ross) 13/12/2017

20th North Carolina - Best in Area
One of my rating shortcuts is that courses one sees on television tend to be overrated. (Another is that the quality of a course is in inverse proportion to the size of t...

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Whitinsville 26/10/2018

15th Massachusetts - Best in Area
In the past month I’ve managed to play what may well be the two finest nine hole courses in the world. And I’m having a difficult time figuring out whether I like Royal W...

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