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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Pinehurst (No.9) 09/05/2022

34th North Carolina - Best in Area
The challenge of Pinehurst #9 comes right from the very beginning. The opening hole is quite testing. Players have to work the ball right-to-left for the optimum angle an...

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Dormie Club 02/05/2022

10th North Carolina - Best in Area
The Dormie Club sits in the shadow of its more famous neighbor just six miles south of its location but make no mistake the Bill Coore / Ben Crenshaw design deserves spec...

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Pinehurst (No.6) 19/04/2022

63rd North Carolina - Best in Area
This summer Pinehurst #6 will serve as the host course for the inaugural USGA Adaptive Championship which will include a field of those competing with various disabilitie...

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Sea Island (Seaside) 07/04/2022

7th Georgia - Best in Area
The Seaside layout is bolstered by the exquisite complimentary elements which a number of people have mentioned. The feel is more "private" than a resort type course.Now,...

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Aspen Glen 25/03/2022

28th Colorado - Best in Area
Aspen Glen has plenty to enjoy when playing but the layout stalls out for a number of the holes on the inward half before resurrecting itself with the quality risk / rewa...

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Grandfather 23/03/2022

7th North Carolina - Best in Area
Grandfather still delivers sound strategic golf holes for the most part. The issue is that the depth of quality layouts found today throughout the Tar Heel State has grow...

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Punta Cana (Corales) 17/03/2022

3rd Dominican Republic Ranking 4th Caribbean Ranking
Serving as a PGA TOUR site annually certainly helps generate extra visibility and when you add in the smartness of an architect like Tom Fazio you can be sure the visual...

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Birchwood 09/03/2022

Birchwood is amazingly effective in squeezing so much into the 83-acre site it occupies.The immediate Westport area is packed with plenty of development surrounding the p...

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Maidstone 06/03/2022

8th New York - Best in Area 32nd USA Ranking 36th North America Ranking 71st World Ranking
The key to really understanding Maidstone comes having played the course prior to the involvement of Crenshaw and Coore in 2012. I remember my first time playing the cour...

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Little Mill (Red & White) 27/02/2022

65th New Jersey - Best in Area
Doug's comments are spot on. The Red and White nines are not architecturally compelling but the need for quality driving is a requisite item when playing. Trees frame the...

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Oak Hill (West) 27/02/2022

27th New York - Best in Area
The Empire State is blessed with two striking 36-hole layouts in Wined Foot and Oak Hill. The latter often does not receive the recognition because of its Rochester locat...

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Plainfield 25/02/2022

3rd New Jersey - Best in Area 57th USA Ranking 66th North America Ranking
Being able to return to Plainfield in '21 provided me another opportunity to reassess my original comments.I am an unabashed fan of Plainfield. When you finally escape Ra...

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Pound Ridge 25/02/2022

52nd New York - Best in Area
In 2021 I returned to Pound Ridge and while I am still a fan of what the course provides, I now see that the overall elasticity for the broadest range of golfers is limit...

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Old Oaks 22/02/2022

46th New York - Best in Area
Old Oaks is known to locals for its thorough design and has served along with nearby Century GC as a U.S. Open sectional qualifying site which speaks to the kind of golf...

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Knollwood Country Club 21/02/2022

59th New York - Best in Area
Knollwood is a good layout but unfortunately, when you're located nearby to a stacked depth of top tier courses throughout Westchester County, it can be hard to have the...

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Engineers 20/02/2022

22nd New York - Best in Area
The recent news that Engineers will remain a golf facility is heartening but the original design will be altered. The Nicklaus design team has been contracted to update t...

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