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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Riverton 27/06/2021

42nd New Jersey - Best in Area
Credit the club in bringing on board the talents of Ron Prichard to update a quality Donald Ross layout.Riverton is not in the same league with other Ross Jersey courses...

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Coyote Moon 15/06/2021

57th California - Best in Area
The single most memorable feature about Coyote Moon is how natural the holes slot into the routing. The golf experience is accentuated by also having a diverse set of hol...

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Camden 09/06/2021

43rd South Carolina - Best in Area
It's hard to secure awareness about what Camden CC provides for those living outside the Palmetto State given the sheer amount of publicity garnered by locations along th...

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Arcadian Shores 09/06/2021

41st South Carolina - Best in Area
When Arcadian Shores opened it was a quality entry into architecture for Rees Jones as a solo working architect. The layout has been maintained quite well in the years th...

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TPC Jasna Polana 02/06/2021

Gem USA - Best in Area
The main plus and minus about Jasna Polana (which means beautiful meadow in Polish) is how the routing / practice area was carried out in such a limited acreage site. Cre...

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Pine Meadow 31/05/2021

63rd Illinois - Best in Area
It's never a smart idea to toss out the qualities of an original William Flynn design. The present-day Joe Lee course is a testing layout but hardly inspirational. The re...

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Sewickley Heights 27/05/2021

42nd Pennsylvania - Best in Area
The greater Pittsburgh area is blessed with a number of wonderfully designed courses but for some reason Sewickley Heights is often looking from the outside in when a col...

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Green Valley 27/05/2021

54th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
A quality member's course and clearly benefits from the fine touches provided by the gifted architect William Flynn. The collective nature of the holes is good -- but har...

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Black Jack's Crossing 08/05/2021

16th Texas - Best in Area
The story of this property is simply fascinating -- within the continental USA just getting to Lajitas can be quite the adventure. Just spell the words slowly - I-S-O-L-A...

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Seven Oaks 08/05/2021

97th New York - Best in Area
Quality RTJ, Sr., layout but the style of architecture has clearly faded into the background. Layout has all the Jones inclusions -- long narrow tee boxes, turning point...

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Turning Stone (Kaluhyat) 08/05/2021

96th New York - Best in Area
The complex of courses at Turning Stone is quite amazing given the location and the absence of serious quality golf in the broader region.Much of the attention usually fo...

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Troon North (Monument) 03/05/2021

27th Arizona - Best in Area
The 36-hole layout at Troon North was the impetus for all the rest of the privately owned daily fee courses that would follow. Troon North's model is a simple one -- prov...

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Great River 03/05/2021

16th Connecticut - Best in Area
The comments mentioned by Doug and Adam respectively show the clear contrasts on how Great River is viewed. I fall between the two of them.The main anchor against Great R...

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Canoe Brook (South) 27/04/2021

63rd New Jersey - Best in Area
Canoe Brook is a 36-hole complex and is located just minutes from its more illustrious 36-hole neighbor Baltusrol Golf Club. It is at that point the similarities between...

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Firestone (North) 25/04/2021

18th Ohio - Best in Area
What a juxtaposition between the much heralded and way overrated South Course and its next-door sibling the North Course.The layout is infused with engaging shots and gol...

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