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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Wentworth by the Sea 03/06/2020

20th New Hampshire - Best in Area
What started as a 9-hole layout and later expanded to 18-holes and feature the involvement of several different architects you get the resulting hodge-podge of design sty...

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Yale 03/06/2020

1st Connecticut - Best in Area 68th USA Ranking 78th North America Ranking
Over a period covering 25 years I have been able to play Yale no less than 5-6 times -- it helps that the club is nearby to I-95 when making the drive to and from New Yor...

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Snake River 03/06/2020

2nd Wyoming - Best in Area
The facility had a tough go early on in coming to fruition just as The Great Recession was on the horizon. Fortunately, things settled and having the smarts in hiring Tom...

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Jackson Hole 03/06/2020

5th Wyoming - Best in Area
Sometime courses benefit in being located near enough to a stunning off-course view that many simply give such courses a pass when it comes time to assess the core archit...

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Devil's Pulpit 26/05/2020

13th Ontario - Best in Area 24th Canada Ranking
I became aware of Devil's Pulpit when playing another Hurdzan / Fry layout called Eaglesticks in Zanesville, OH in 1991. The word I received was how unique the design was...

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Rutland 26/05/2020

3rd Vermont - Best in Area
The thing that has always fascinated me about Rutland is how the layout oozes New England charm. The course is not overly sculptured as so many modern layouts that have e...

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Glenmaura National 25/05/2020

36th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
The duo of Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry created a number of fine layouts during their partnership together. Hurdzan excelled on the turf side and Fry provided the cri...

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Manufacturers' 25/05/2020

15th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
For whatever reason the design at William Flynn at Manufacturers often gets little attention from those outside the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) area. The layou...

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Speidel at Oglebay (Jones) 20/05/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
I can remember my first round on the Jones Course came when the 1983 US Open was being played at Oakmont and a few people in the media suggested I should make the short d...

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Speidel at Oglebay (Palmer) 19/05/2020

14th West Virginia - Best in Area
Credit West Virginia for a superb park complex at Oglebay. The terrain is very appealing and there's plenty of golf provided. Sad to say, only the Robert Trent Jones, Sr....

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Twisted Gun 19/05/2020

13th West Virginia - Best in Area
Twisted Gun is located on a firmer coal mining site and the site is indeed an interesting one because the course is isolated and free of any invasive clutter.The main iss...

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Pete Dye 17/05/2020

1st West Virginia - Best in Area
Over the course of time and many courses played globally I've come to the conclusion that the best work you often see from architects is usually towards the front portion...

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Columbia 16/05/2020

4th Maryland - Best in Area
It amazes me how much of shadow Congressional CC casts on a number of other courses in the immediate DC area. One of them is Columbia CC. The course hosted the US Open in...

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Chester Valley 16/05/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
My initial visit to Chester Valley came when the PGA Champions Tour played an event there from 1985 to 1997. The course's original pedigree is tied to the renowned archit...

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Lehigh 16/05/2020

10th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
The most important element for any golf course is the land the layout occupies. I have long stated that such a characteristic makes up no less than 60% of the equation wh...

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São Paulo 10/05/2020

4th Brazil Ranking
My first visit to South America was something I was most eager to experience. The trek from the New York metro area took me to Sao Paulo for my first golf experience in B...

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Rolling Green 09/05/2020

14th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
The immediate Philadelphia area is stacked with an array of top tier designs and much of that stems from the handiwork of the efforts from William Flynn. In my travels --...

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Hershey (West) 09/05/2020

45th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
The perfect venue for candy lovers as Milton Hershey created a clear golf connection that's worthwhile to visit -- especially with family given the myriad of things when...

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Moselem Springs 07/05/2020

30th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
If you want to fully appreciate the talents of Tom Fazio then look back at his origins with his Uncle George who was a first rate player -- losing the US Open playoff at...

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Merion (West) 07/05/2020

34th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
In the Northeast there are storied private 36-hole layouts with the likes of Winged Foot and Baltusrol leading the way with twin offerings that clearly have advocates of...

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