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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Disney (Magnolia) 03/02/2020

96th Florida - Best in Area
Formulaic golf lies at the heart of Magnolia. For those with limited time options and having to entertain children present who are there to do the theme park escapade --...

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Country Club of Orlando 03/02/2020

48th Florida - Best in Area
Not to repeat word for word what Steve outlined from his spot on review -- but the existing course today is truly a "re-creation" by architect Ron Forse. What amazes me i...

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Quechee (Highland) 14/01/2020

4th Vermont - Best in Area
The Highlands is a fine layout and it's bolstered by having just enough good holes to balance the ones that are a bit lack luster. When you reach the par-3 1st hole you'l...

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Woodstock Inn 14/01/2020

14th Vermont - Best in Area
Unfortunately, I never played the former Wayne Stiles design ultimately replaced by the efforts of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The course today is a decent one but handicappe...

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Old Greenwood 08/01/2020

78th California - Best in Area
It's hard to beat the enjoyment that comes with the summer season when in the California Sierras. The air is invigorating and one doesn't have to deal with insufferable h...

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Fallen Oak 05/01/2020

2nd Mississippi - Best in Area
Tom Fazio has designed an array of top tier layouts but a few have escaped serious acclaim because of location. Fallen Oak clearly falls into that category.The preceding...

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Peninsula (Marsh & Lakes) 05/01/2020

22nd Alabama - Best in Area
The entire 27-holes is located on dead flat land -- as in the ant hills on the property are akin to the Rocky Mountains. Stone attempted to break up the monotony with the...

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The Preserve Golf Club 05/01/2020

8th Mississippi - Best in Area
The greater compliment one can pay any course is that it looks like the layout was meant to be there. Too many modern courses are superimposed on the terrain. The natural...

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Gallery (South) 31/12/2019

39th Arizona - Best in Area
The course hosted two WGC match-play events and is a fine effort by architect John Fought. It checks the boxes in terms of hole variety. However, the biggest downside is...

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Boulders (South) 31/12/2019

38th Arizona - Best in Area
Desert playability is front and center here. The architecture is not uniquely special but a matter-of-fact presentation.One of the issues is the amount of housing that en...

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Quintero 30/12/2019

14th Arizona - Best in Area
One of the issues that has often impacted the efforts of Rees Jones designs is how the actual finished product blends or fails to blend in with the property used. When Qu...

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Estancia 30/12/2019

2nd Arizona - Best in Area
If there's one thing Tom Fazio excels at that's better than just any other living architect is how he can add to the visual appeal of a given site. No question -- the man...

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Otter Creek (North & West) 26/12/2019

24th Indiana - Best in Area
There aren't many RTJ, Sr., layouts I am a big time fan - but his effort at Otter Creek clearly makes the short list. The layout is faithful to the original design and th...

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Rock Hollow 26/12/2019

19th Indiana - Best in Area
It's amazing how often quality golf can be found in the most remote of locations. I have opined many times that in my estimation the land a course occupies is no less tha...

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