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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Troon North (Monument) 03/05/2021

27th Arizona - Best in Area
The 36-hole layout at Troon North was the impetus for all the rest of the privately owned daily fee courses that would follow. Troon North's model is a simple one -- prov...

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Great River 03/05/2021

16th Connecticut - Best in Area
The comments mentioned by Doug and Adam respectively show the clear contrasts on how Great River is viewed. I fall between the two of them.The main anchor against Great R...

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Canoe Brook (South) 27/04/2021

63rd New Jersey - Best in Area
Canoe Brook is a 36-hole complex and is located just minutes from its more illustrious 36-hole neighbor Baltusrol Golf Club. It is at that point the similarities between...

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Firestone (North) 25/04/2021

18th Ohio - Best in Area
What a juxtaposition between the much heralded and way overrated South Course and its next-door sibling the North Course.The layout is infused with engaging shots and gol...

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Ballamor 25/04/2021

60th New Jersey - Best in Area
Credit architect Dan Schlegel for a quality effort. I am not as sold to the same level on the merits of the course as Doug was in his review. The need for power carts is...

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Forsyth 21/04/2021

45th North Carolina - Best in Area
My first time at Forsyth goes back about 25 years ago and my experience then was not especially noteworthy. The course had a few moments of note but I did not leave wonde...

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Legacy Golf Links 21/04/2021

87th North Carolina - Best in Area
I have opined countless times previously that when courses opt to use the word "links" in their title it comes off as being at minimum disingenuous and at worst a bad cas...

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Cordillera (Mountain) 15/04/2021

50th Colorado - Best in Area
It's hard to minimize the off-course views one receives when playing the Mountain Course at Cordillera. The vistas can certainly interrupt your focus on the golf. The is...

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Arrowhead 15/04/2021

47th Colorado - Best in Area
The sum total of Arrowhead is this -- the first four holes really spark interest and then a lull occurs till you reach the start of the back nine. The opening quartet on...

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Garden City Country Club 14/04/2021

87th New York - Best in Area
Unfortunately, the Country Club gets far less attention than the nearby Men's Club at Garden City. The layout is helped by the range of internal contours on the greens bu...

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Olivas Links 03/04/2021

99th California - Best in Area
The insertion of the word "links" is not something I am enamored with because far too often there's little, if any, legitimate "links" found via golf experiences in the U...

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TPC Myrtle Beach 24/03/2021

40th South Carolina - Best in Area
Much of the golf found in the Grand Strand area -- the marketing term used to illustrate the array of golf courses stretching from adjoining Brunswick County in NC and ex...

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Santa Ana 20/03/2021

54th California - Best in Area
It's not unusual for golf clubs that have been open for a considerable period of time -- especially those over a hundred years of existence -- to have an assortment of de...

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DeBordieu 18/03/2021

37th South Carolina - Best in Area
Visibility is the calling card for many courses that dot the broader Grand Strand area stretching from Brunswick County, NC and heading as far south as Georgetown. Unfort...

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Wickenburg Ranch (Big Wick) 16/03/2021

28th Arizona - Best in Area
From a pure facility perspective -- Wickenburg Ranch provides a slew of first-rate offerings. Start with turf conditions -- clearly done well and on par -- no pun intende...

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We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro) 15/03/2021

6th Arizona - Best in Area
As I mentioned in my separate review of the sister Cholla course -- the absence of housing clearly adds to the experience when playing. The usual circumstances for much o...

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We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) 12/03/2021

29th Arizona - Best in Area
The impressive thing about the entire 36 holes at We-Ko-Pa is the absence of abutting housing. Not one measly stick of it whatsoever located near either of the two layout...

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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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