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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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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Southampton 24/06/2018

30th New York - Best in Area
The main anchor on the head of Southampton Golf Club has little to do with what it provides -- but everything to do with the neighborhood it finds itself located. Having...

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TPC River Highlands 24/06/2018

6th Connecticut - Best in Area
I have watched over the years the steady progression of TPC River Highlands and the existing version is certainly worth attention and for those able to wrangle an invitat...

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Oak Hill (East) 29/05/2018

11th New York - Best in Area 45th USA Ranking 49th North America Ranking
So much of the conversation the Empire State involves discussion of courses hailing from either Long Island or Westchester. That's understandable. The two areas are litte...

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Boot Ranch 18/05/2018

11th Texas - Best in Area
While the State of Texas has produced the greatest depth of talent to play golf professionally in America, the lack of significant golf course design is equally striking...

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Oak Tree National 18/05/2018

2nd Oklahoma - Best in Area 91st USA Ranking
When the wind is blowing -- which happens frequently in Oklahoma -- Oak Tree can be as demanding as any course bar none. Pete Dye was called upon to create an 18-hole tor...

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Wilmington (South) 13/05/2018

2nd Delaware - Best in Area
The best thing I can say about the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. layout is that the South Course is simply dull. The architecture style Jones used is more of the same he carrie...

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The Peninsula 13/05/2018

4th Delaware - Best in Area
A quality layout from the Nicklaus team but one not breaking any new ground in terms of overall presentation. There are a few holes where the "danger meter" ramps up but...

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Four Mile Ranch 13/05/2018

23rd Colorado - Best in Area
Architect Jim Engh is wont to add plenty of man-made features to his designs. Sometimes the heavy hand can take away from the primary objective in providing for holes tha...

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Quail Hollow Club 13/05/2018

7th North Carolina - Best in Area
Over the last 30 years I have witnessed the various design changes made to Quail Hollow. The course was always a fine test but nothing really stood out architecturally. C...

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Monroe 02/05/2018

20th New York - Best in Area
When golfers head to this part of New York State the likely "must play" on the minds of many will be neighboring Oak Hill and its much-heralded East Course. For the more...

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Atlantic 02/05/2018

22nd New York - Best in Area
The main issue impacting Atlantic is the neighborhood the course is situated. The bar for architectural greatness is all-world with layouts such as Shinnecock Hills, Nati...

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Rochelle Ranch 29/04/2018

8th Wyoming - Best in Area
Those who happen to be motoring along I-80 through Wyoming had best have their golf clubs ready because literally just off the Interstate is a fine public facility that g...

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Glenwild 29/04/2018

2nd Utah - Best in Area
Tom Fazio is clearly one of the truly gifted architects in golf. He has created a collection of courses that certainly showcase their overall beauty. Much of that comes f...

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