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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Stowe Mountain 16/09/2019

10th Vermont - Best in Area
Bob Cupp was a talented architect but his effort at Stowe Mountain is overly shaped and sits on top of the land rather than blending within it.The Vermont countryside is...

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Royal Links 13/09/2019

21st Nevada - Best in Area
Unfortunately, Royal Links is neither "royal" nor "links." It's the equivalent of selling something but coming nowhere close to doing just that. In so many ways the cours...

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New Seabury (Ocean) 13/09/2019

Gem USA - Best in Area
The Mitchell design was clearly a major addition to the Cape Cod scene when it first opened in 1962 but over the course of time the layout became tired and the '60s desig...

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Laughlin Ranch 11/09/2019

49th Arizona - Best in Area
I have been to Laughlin Ranch a few times over the years -- it helps that when traveling to/from Phoenix / Las Vegas that a stopover is quite convenient since it's roughl...

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Troon North (Pinnacle) 11/09/2019

30th Arizona - Best in Area
I can remember playing Troon North in its very beginnings via the Monument Course. The course was free of major housing intrusions and there was a real communal feeling w...

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Point O' Woods 09/09/2019

14th Michigan - Best in Area
It's hard for me to conceive how this marvelous layout is not spoken about more. Trent Jones, Sr., did courses around the globe, however, often many of them were formulai...

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The Mines 09/09/2019

51st Michigan - Best in Area
Built on a former gypsum mine -- the layout is the handiwork of rising star architect Mike DeVries. The course opened about four years after his most successful effort al...

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Misquamicut 02/09/2019

9th Rhode Island - Best in Area
So much of modern golf design is based primarily on length -- stretching holes to even longer and longer distances. A visit to Misquamicut is a step back in time but one...

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Lake of Isles (North) 02/09/2019

19th Connecticut - Best in Area
If you are a traditionalist then skip Lake of Isles North Course. Why? It is mandated one must use a cart which in and of itself is not objectionable but it is the consta...

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Glen Ridge 22/08/2019

49th New Jersey - Best in Area
Glen Ridge is situated on a very cramped piece of land but makes the most of it with a number of fun holes. The course is not about length and therefore appeals to shorte...

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Galloway National 22/08/2019

8th New Jersey - Best in Area
I have played over 100 Tom Fazio designs and in that total there are a number that truly do stand apart. How so? The ones at the top of the pecking order are stellar beca...

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Huntington 10/08/2019

46th New York - Best in Area
The array of quality golf options on Long Island along makes it one of the very special places to play golf. The key is having some sort of access because the overwhelmin...

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Desert Mountain (Cochise) 01/08/2019

48th Arizona - Best in Area
For a number of years it was the Cochise Course that drew the eyeballs of people watching the annual Tradition Championship which was played there from 1989 to 2001. It h...

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Verrado (Founder's) 01/08/2019

31st Arizona - Best in Area
Credit the tandem of John Fought and Tom Lehman for a quality upscale layout open to the public. The main issue for Verrado is that when the desire to create golf options...

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Old North State 31/07/2019

19th North Carolina - Best in Area
I've played the course twice and frankly the main storyline for me is the opening few holes and clearly the closing trio which ends the day in high drama. The middle port...

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Ak-Chin Southern Dunes 25/07/2019

32nd Arizona - Best in Area
Many people take the predictable trek when landing at Sky Harbor and then head north to the Scottsdale area for golf. I recommend upon landing you head south for just ove...

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Talking Stick (Piipaash) 25/07/2019

44th Arizona - Best in Area
The names Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw usually mean connection to top quality designs. Not so here. I concur with the previous review because the Piipaash Course is like f...

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SunRidge Canyon 25/07/2019

34th Arizona - Best in Area
There are a good number of people who will never be enamored with desert golf. I don't share that view but I can understand such feelings when designs in a barren landsca...

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