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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Eagle Ridge (The General) 25/11/2020

53rd Illinois - Best in Area
The facility is literally just across from the Mississippi River and includes several different courses on property. The focus is geared towards those looking for a full-...

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Winchester 25/11/2020

12th Massachusetts - Best in Area
The opening hole is indicative of what you will encounter for much of the round at Winchester. The "short" par-4 plays directly uphill and turns right in the drive zone....

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The Currituck Club 24/11/2020

68th North Carolina - Best in Area
The main anchor that weighs down The Currituck Club is the sheer number of housing sites that engulf far too many holes. The developers saw fit to maximize out as many un...

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Lakes - Cape Breton 21/11/2020

6th Nova Scotia - Best in Area
It's very hard to break thru when the headliners include the likes of Cabot Links, Cabot Cliffs and Highlands Links on Cape Breton Island. Credit Graham Cooke in crafting...

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Brora 21/11/2020

6th North Scotland - Best in Area 29th Scotland Ranking 89th Britain & Ireland Ranking
The comments from Tom and Mark are spot on. I have been to Brora on two different occasions and when I played Dornoch for the first time a number of seasoned Scots insist...

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Cordillera (Valley) 20/11/2020

21st Colorado - Best in Area
The range of golf options when at Cordillera is clearly present. The Valley Course includes the usual Tom Fazio "look" dimensions. The course is appropriately routed so y...

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Shackamaxon 20/11/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
Fortuitously, there still is a Shackamaxon to opine about. The layout faced an uncertain future just a few years back and the possibility of the entire course closing bec...

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Red Hawk Ridge 17/11/2020

44th Colorado - Best in Area
Piggybacking on what Ethan said in his review -- I played Red Hawk Ridge not long after it opened. At that time the course was free of all the invasive clutter. There are...

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The Hawthorns 17/11/2020

39th Indiana - Best in Area
Generally, I have found the body of work from Arthur Hills to be focused primarily on how a given layout "looks" rather than a clear and meaningful connection to how a co...

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Thunderbird 14/11/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
Thunderbird is the quintessential country club from yesteryear. The layout has been updated and the facilities sport an elegant side of things with a desert motif that cl...

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Caves Valley 14/11/2020

3rd Maryland - Best in Area
From the standpoint of a comprehensive facility Caves Valley operates in first rate manner. The care shown to those going there is clearly top shelf. The rolling terrain...

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Totteridge 12/11/2020

49th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
Totteridge checks all the appropriate boxes and there's significant "teeth" to test players of all levels. The missing link is that the Rees Jones style is once again in...

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Bedens Brook 12/11/2020

42nd New Jersey - Best in Area
I echo what Doug opined. The Bedens Brook has a few holes of note and the Dick Wilson design doesn't receive as much attention given the stacked nature of various private...

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Lansdowne (Norman) 04/11/2020

42nd Virginia - Best in Area
It amazes me how little attention Greg Norman gets as a course designer. The Shark doesn't have the comprehensive portfolio to match other former PGA TOUR superstores lik...

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Raspberry Falls 04/11/2020

34th Virginia - Best in Area
The design came into being during the go-go times of course development in the 1990s. It's fairly straightforward and connects all the usual dots but it's relatively unin...

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Turning Stone (Shenendoah) 01/11/2020

63rd New York - Best in Area
The amazing element of multi-course complexes is that it's not unusual that the marquee course gets plenty of internal hyping but that a secondary course merits more atte...

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Manhattan Woods 01/11/2020

51st New York - Best in Area
The interesting thing about Manhattan Woods is putting on one's sleuth coat to figure out the exact order of the people who have played a role in the design of Manhattan...

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Blue Hill (Championship) 31/10/2020

47th Massachusetts - Best in Area
There's little for me to add that Mark has already stated. Blue Hill's main issue is that the Bay State is a golf rich location. Attaining a higher status will require th...

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