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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Mountain Ridge 04/10/2021

11th New Jersey - Best in Area
One of the most vexing of issues for any golf club is when a decision is made to update the layout. This can be an opportunity -- it can also be a minefield too.A number...

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Arcola 29/09/2021

26th New Jersey - Best in Area
This past summer I had the opportunity to return to the Morgan Hoffman golf event held at Arcola CC and I was glad to have had the time to more thoroughly assess the layo...

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Pinehurst (No.8) 25/09/2021

22nd North Carolina - Best in Area
Those making the pilgrimage to Pinehurst will be sampling a range of courses and after the likes of the famed #2 and the recently updated layout at #4 by Gil Hanse you ca...

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Ekwanok 25/09/2021

1st Vermont - Best in Area
Ekwanok is a fascinating course because it ties itself to the development of American golf early in the 20th century and then fast forward to the club's efforts in bringi...

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Sleepy Hollow (Upper) 19/09/2021

16th New York - Best in Area 92nd USA Ranking
Kudos to the club's leadership in recognizing that having a previously discombobulated layout needed to be rectified. Different design fingerprints only served to muddy t...

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Shorehaven 13/09/2021

39th Connecticut - Best in Area
Quality location but the golf is fairly straightforward and with the exception of the final series of holes is fairly uneventful. The primary strength of the course rests...

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Baltusrol (Lower) 13/09/2021

5th New Jersey - Best in Area
The hiring of Gil Hanse in 2018 to do a complete overhaul of the Lower Course was meant to bring back to life the design elements of the Tillinghast design. The reopening...

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Camargo 08/09/2021

1st Ohio - Best in Area 25th USA Ranking 26th North America Ranking 51st World Ranking
The bulk of the comments provided clearly itemize the many wonders in playing this gem Seth Raynor layout. Some have opined it's the best course in the Buckeye State and...

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Long Island National 08/09/2021

92nd New York - Best in Area
Candidly, I think the name of the course is a bit presumptuous given that there can only be one "national" on Long Island -- ergo, the National Golf Links of American in...

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Country Club of Vermont 04/09/2021

2nd Vermont - Best in Area
The most immediate dimension when playing CC of Vermont is the isolation you enjoy when playing the course. The amount of acreage allows the golf to take center stage wit...

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Equinox 03/09/2021

11th Vermont - Best in Area
Those coming to Manchester will love the close proximity of The Equinox to all the engaging elements that make this charming New England community a very special place in...

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Lawsonia (Links) 03/09/2021

4th Wisconsin - Best in Area 79th USA Ranking 92nd North America Ranking
I have been fortunate to have played the course a few times given the number of key events played in the Badger State over the years.Frankly, the Links Couse is one of th...

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Charlotte 27/08/2021

5th North Carolina - Best in Area
Kudos to the club's leadership in realizing the core vision of Donald Ross needed to be resurrected and the insertion of design fingerprints from RTJ, Sr. and Tom Faxio d...

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North Jersey 27/08/2021

49th New Jersey - Best in Area
My most recent visit to North Jersey came with an outing there with the Met Golf Write's Association earlier this summer and I was heartened to see the club has come to i...

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Montclair (First & Third) 18/08/2021

33rd New Jersey - Best in Area
My familiarity with Montclair Golf Club goes back to my time playing the course during my high school years. I was always enthralled with the massive elevation change --...

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Medford Village 18/08/2021

41st New Jersey - Best in Area
My first-time playing Medford Village was nearly 30 years ago and my most recent came in 2019. My experience the first time was very enlightening. The reputation of the c...

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Forsgate (Banks) 14/08/2021

13th New Jersey - Best in Area
My most recent visit to Forsgate happened during the annual Writer's Cup event this summer and while the overall layout remains a joy to behold there is a major concern t...

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Country Club of Waterbury 09/08/2021

8th Connecticut - Best in Area
The glut of superior private clubs in New York State and Massachusetts is certainly overwhelming and while Connecticut does have a number of worthwhile courses -- the dep...

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Pronghorn (Fazio) 05/08/2021

5th Oregon - Best in Area
The main issue with ANY Oregon course is having to compete with the 800-pound gorilla at Bandon Dunes. What many who live beyond the Pacific Northwest do not fully compre...

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