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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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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Heron Lakes (Great Blue) 05/08/2021

29th Oregon - Best in Area
Getting rightful attention on the public side in Oregon is a difficult task when the complex of courses at Bandon Dunes effectively blocks meaningful daylight shining on...

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Brooklawn 02/08/2021

9th Connecticut - Best in Area
The first impression one receives when arriving at Brooklawn is how it's neatly tucked away from all the commotion that exists nearby to it location. You are quickly whis...

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Ridge at Castle Pines North 28/07/2021

36th Colorado - Best in Area
Ethan's comments were spot on. The outward nine is straightforward but hardly produces anything near "edge of your seat" engaging architecture since its routed through a...

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Devils Tower 28/07/2021

9th Wyoming - Best in Area
Quality layout in close proximity -- roughly 11 miles away -- to the famed Devils Tower. The design is done well but the overall impact of the architecture is mostly ordi...

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Cog Hill (No.4) 21/07/2021

15th Illinois - Best in Area
Thoroughly enjoyed my first round at the famed "Dubsdread" years ago but was never as passionate about the layout as its ardent supporters. In my future return visits fol...

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Bel-Air 21/07/2021

11th California - Best in Area
Just to amplify what Mark mentioned in his review the ambiance of the club is clearly intoxicating. The setting really gets the golf juices percolating and the range of h...

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Cherry Valley 19/07/2021

75th New York - Best in Area
The main issue for Cherry Valley is that its more famous nearby neighbor -- Garden City Golf Club simply dominate attention versus what one will find at Cherry Valley. Li...

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Eagle Point 19/07/2021

23rd Oregon - Best in Area
Anyone heading to Oregon will be drawn by the mega magnet called Bandon Dunes. No doubt, the mega-golf facility is the 800-pound gorilla and clearly merits the attention...

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Rio Secco 14/07/2021

21st Nevada - Best in Area
The template for Rio Secco follows what other Rees Jones courses provide. The architecture is good -- just not riveting and in alignment with the philosophy espoused by h...

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Toftrees 09/07/2021

57th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
The interesting thing about golf in the Keystone State is how much of a discrepancy there is between the elite roster of private clubs and those open to the public. No St...

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Waverly Oaks 08/07/2021

52nd Massachusetts - Best in Area
As someone who routinely has traveled to/from Cape Cod -- I am amazed that certain courses in the Commonwealth - especially those open to the public -- do not receive the...

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Hawktree 08/07/2021

1st North Dakota - Best in Area
Mark White covered the main points regarding Hawktree and frankly for some people architect Jim Engh will be a polarizing designer. The dyed-in-the-wool traditionalists o...

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Wilmington (North) 01/07/2021

7th Delaware - Best in Area
For those who are connoisseurs of Dick Wilson designed courses -- I count myself among them -- his effort at the North Course is purely a low-level outcome. One will not...

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Avalon Lakes 01/07/2021

41st Ohio - Best in Area
The Buckeye State is home to some of the finest golf in the USA and the depth of courses is quite impressive. One of the more underappreciated layouts for those outside O...

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Manakiki 01/07/2021

26th Ohio - Best in Area
Echo what Ryan mentioned in his review. I grew up on public golf via the likes of America's oldest municipal golf course – Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, NY. My father'...

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