M. James Ward

The 30+ year golf journalist is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America (GWAA) and a past member of the Metropolitan Golf Writer's Association (MGWA). Has played over 2,000 courses globally and has covered the various major golf championships since 1980 for several different outlets. For 17 years served as national course rating panelist for Golf Digest and served for roughly three years in a similar capacity with Golfweek. Lives in the greater New York City metro area. Plays to a 3 handicap and has played in USGA Championships. Favorite motto: "You can print money but you can't print time. Once time is gone it's gone." Make the most of every opportunity to play whenever possible.

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Sunnehanna 23/02/2021

11th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
The spotlight for exemplary golf is often riveted on the plethora of private layouts that dot the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) region and rightly so. Ditto the...

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Links at Gettysburg 23/02/2021

56th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
The amazing thing about the Keystone State is how wide a gap exists between the best private clubs and the best public ones in Pennsylvania. Only New York, in my mind, ha...

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Las Vegas Country Club 20/02/2021

16th Nevada - Best in Area
The most enduring element when discussing Las Vegas Country Club (LVCC) is the storied history and its ongoing place among golf options when coming to the gaming mecca of...

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Harbor Club 17/02/2021

30th Georgia - Best in Area
It is amazing at much golf is located in the area in and around Lake Oconee. And so much of the existing attention is paid to the several courses at Reynolds and clearly...

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PGA West (TPC Stadium) 17/02/2021

24th California - Best in Area
There's little need for me to repeat what others have already said. The Stadium layout is not to be played for the feint hearted or for those who can't marry sufficient l...

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Rockaway Hunting Club 14/02/2021

53rd New York - Best in Area
One of the sad elements that troubles me, and likely others, is when classic era courses opt to update and when doing so see fit to add mega-yards to the scorecard. Such...

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Royce Brook (West) 11/02/2021

34th New Jersey - Best in Area
The hardest aspect in designing a course is when one must overcome nearly dead flat land. Architects usually go in either one of two directions -- inserting a plethora of...

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The Mines 11/02/2021

3rd West Malaysia - Best in Area 3rd Malaysia Ranking 68th Asia Ranking
One of the interesting things about host sites for major golf events is that there's no guarantee the overall course architecture will be compelling. That's the case with...

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Harbour Pointe 08/02/2021

35th Washington - Best in Area
Generally, the courses I've played bearing the fingerprints of Arthur Hills have been rather disappointing. They are done well but the overall impact from the architectur...

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Forest Creek (South) 06/02/2021

16th North Carolina - Best in Area
The South opened as the first 18-hole layout at Forest Creek. The layout is more subdued than the adjoining North and provides a clear member-friendly test.By no means do...

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Forest Creek (North) 05/02/2021

18th North Carolina - Best in Area
The considerable shadow that hangs over the greater Pinehurst area is one that cannot be minimized. Unmistakably, the primary center point for attention goes quite rightl...

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Medinah (No.3) 05/02/2021

9th Illinois - Best in Area
One of the least memorable high-profile courses in all of the USA. Candidly, the layout has always been a unmemorable slog with little, if any architectural elements of n...

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Brae Burn 01/02/2021

23rd Massachusetts - Best in Area
Upon arriving at the 1st tee you don't see much of the golf course -- in many ways that's a good thing as the sum total of the layout ahead will be exposed gradually.The...

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NCR (South) 01/02/2021

13th Ohio - Best in Area
During his heyday Dick Wilson was the main rival for Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and his layouts generally followed a predictable pattern. Big time greens, broad fairways, o...

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Riverdale (Dunes) 31/01/2021

39th Colorado - Best in Area
When Riverdale Dunes opened the array of other quality public course options were just beginning to escalate not only in metro Denver but throughout much of Colorado.The...

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Cherry Hills 29/01/2021

4th Colorado - Best in Area
The location of Cherry Hills certainly helped garner its early reputation -- as the first course to host the U.S. Open – west of the Mississippi in 1938. And matters were...

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Nevillewood 29/01/2021

41st Pennsylvania - Best in Area
So much of the attention -- rightly so in a number of instances -- goes to several classical designed layouts in the greater Pittsburgh metro area. For whatever reason --...

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