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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Ventana Canyon (Mountain) 14/09/2020

31st Arizona - Best in Area
Much of the attention often focuses on the short par-3 3rd hole which features a green engulfed with desert. Unquestionably, it's a fine hole but the stature of the cours...

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Pinehills (Nicklaus) 14/09/2020

44th Massachusetts - Best in Area
The layout checks the boxes but hardly stirs the inner fires. There's nothing inherently bad about the design but there's also nothing truly inspirational that mandates a...

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Country Club of Troy 14/09/2020

52nd New York - Best in Area
When people think of New York they often view things from the perspective of the New York City metro area which encompasses the immediate surrounding counties and all of...

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Shennecossett 08/09/2020

27th Connecticut - Best in Area
The best way to truly appreciate municipal golf is having a close involvement with it. Mine came early on when I was in my early teens -- playing the oldest such course i...

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SouthShore 03/09/2020

6th Nevada - Best in Area
The most lasting element of SouthShore is how the design works within the heaving and rolling nature of the property and the stunning eye vistas you see when playing. It'...

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Pelham 03/09/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
When one arrives at Pelham you come to a course that is clearly connected to its neighborhood. Interestingly, that "neighborhood" hems in the facility on all sides -- inc...

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Juniper 03/09/2020

24th Oregon - Best in Area
The immediate Bend area has some of the finest summer weather in all of the United States. Golf course development clearly became a hot topic during the 1990s and the ove...

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Florence Golf Links 03/09/2020

30th Oregon - Best in Area
My initial visit to Florence Golf Links -- I personally dislike the tagline of "links" thrown into the new name for the layout. At least the former Sand Pines was a bit m...

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Wannamoisett 01/09/2020

2nd Rhode Island - Best in Area
Zachary has provided a clear and detailed overview of the layout. It's been a joy to have played the course several times over the years.To use a boxing analogy -- the Do...

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Wintonbury Hills 01/09/2020

15th Connecticut - Best in Area
Municipal golf can be a very tough assignment for most architects. Trying to provide a challenging layout for the broadest level of handicap ranges and doing so within a...

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Pawleys Plantation 25/08/2020

61st South Carolina - Best in Area
One of the toughest architectural assignments is routing a course in close proximity to wetlands and being able to pull things together so that forced carries are kept at...

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Desert Willow (Firecliff) 25/08/2020

84th California - Best in Area
One of the real virtues when Desert Willow opened in 1997 is that it provided a legitimate quality daily fee option for those in the greater Coachella Valley to enjoy. Sa...

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Cochiti 25/08/2020

12th New Mexico - Best in Area
When Cochiti first opened in the early 80s the playing field for "destination" public courses was in its infancy and having a New Mexico address clearly added to the fanf...

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Dallas National 25/08/2020

3rd Texas - Best in Area
When assessing courses the number one element that I look for is how good is the terrain the layout occupies? Dallas National is not for the faint of heart. One has to go...

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Pinehills (Jones) 20/08/2020

46th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Much of what Colin added I am in agreement with. The main issue I have regarding the Rees Jones layout is how it fails to break away from the same design style Rees has u...

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Blackstone 20/08/2020

45th Arizona - Best in Area
This is the first layout architect Jim Engh created in Arizona and it surprises me how little attention it generates for those not from the Valley of the Sun area.Engh ha...

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Butler National 18/08/2020

4th Illinois - Best in Area
It was a shame when Butler National abdicated its host role for the Western Open (1974-1990) because the club was adamant in not opening its doors to women for membership...

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Winchester Country Club 15/08/2020

53rd California - Best in Area
A number of years ago I was provided a tip from a golf writer in the Sacramento area who wondered why so much of my golf travels featured courses just within the major me...

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Dark Horse 15/08/2020

85th California - Best in Area
One of the more underrated architects is Keith Foster. His work has clearly showed first-rate results -- both on the private and public side. And he has done exemplary wo...

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