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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Century Country Club 12/10/2018

35th New York - Best in Area
Westchester County is blessed with an array of top tier courses -- although Century Country Club does not occupy the top level with such giants as Winged Foot, Quaker Rid...

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North Jersey 12/10/2018

38th New Jersey - Best in Area
The original pedigree of North Jersey CC was clearly a work of art from the extremely talented golfer and architect Walter Travis. The portfolio of top tier courses under...

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Boyne Highlands (Heather) 12/10/2018

35th Michigan - Best in Area
The complex at Boyne Highlands is a golfer's paradise with several different courses to enjoy. Arguably, the best of the bunch is the Heather -- the handiwork of the reno...

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Belvedere 10/10/2018

20th Michigan - Best in Area
For a number of years Belevdere was the host course for the annual Michigan State Amateur event. And there was good reason to do so. Opened in 1925, the semi-private layo...

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Arcadia Bluffs (South) 09/10/2018

Gem USA - Best in Area
When golf facilities of all types are entertaining the thought in having more than once course in their portfolio the key is bringing on board different architects to hel...

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Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs) 21/09/2018

13th Michigan - Best in Area
There's little question having Lake Michigan as a course's backdrop is truly a major plus. But, the secret of the qualities of Arcadia Bluffs is taking the scenic views a...

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Aronimink 07/09/2018

3rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area 85th USA Ranking 98th North America Ranking
The main storyline on Aronimink relates to a "before" and "after" situation involving architect Gil Hanse. The former course was a good one but needed a bit of long overd...

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Nantucket 28/08/2018

17th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Just getting to the course is no easy task here. Located on Nantucket Island makes for a bit of an effort to play this Rees Jones design. The main issue with Nantucket is...

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TPC Boston 28/08/2018

11th Massachusetts - Best in Area
The story of TPC Boston boils down to this -- prior to 2007 the layout, the handiwork of Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, was simply a course with a few moments of specia...

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Oyster Harbors 28/08/2018

21st Massachusetts - Best in Area
The Cape Cod area provides for a wonderful mixture of topography and Oyster Harbors also had the good fortune in having architect Donald Ross at his best when the course...

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Buffalo Ridge Springs 21/08/2018

6th Missouri - Best in Area
The name Johnny Morris may not resonate globally but his impact in golf in America is on the same page with the likes of Mike Keiser of Bandon fame. The founder of the hu...

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Dooks 21/08/2018

5th Kerry - Best in Area 31st Ireland Ranking
A number of others have weighed in on the nature of the scenery you get to enjoy when playing Dooks. There's no question that a clear sunny day the joy in being out on th...

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Tralee 17/08/2018

3rd Kerry - Best in Area 13th Ireland Ranking 62nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Tralee is a tale of two nines totally different in character and strategic calculations. Before delving into the details it's necessary to highlight the scenic dimensions...

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Bellerive 13/08/2018

2nd Missouri - Best in Area
Yes, the just concluded PGA Championship made for great golf theater. It helps when you have a leaderboard that has Tiger Woods playing a starring role and where the even...

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Atkinson Resort 08/07/2018

16th New Hampshire - Best in Area
Located just across the border from Massachusetts means a steady stream of people coming to this comprehensive resort. All of the needed amenities are present and the gol...

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La Purisima 08/07/2018

58th California - Best in Area
The main anchor weighing down La Purisima is its isolated location. For those who venture from the largest nearby community in Santa Barbara -- you'll need to head nearly...

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Knoll (West) 08/07/2018

45th New Jersey - Best in Area
The pedigree of Knoll (West) is clearly first with the handiwork of Charles "steam shovel" Banks leading the way. The genesis of the club was to be a truly private club o...

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Paramount 24/06/2018

36th New York - Best in Area
The roots of Paramount Country Club go back to the efforts of Adolf Zukor -- the man responsible for the creation of Paramount Pictures Corporation. Zukor bought land tha...

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