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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Echo Lake 29/12/2020

64th New Jersey - Best in Area
Long time Masters major domo Clifford Roberts was once asked about the "changes" made to Augusta National and the retort from Roberts was priceless. "We don't change Augu...

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Hawk Pointe 27/12/2020

59th New Jersey - Best in Area
The most difficult issue for many clubs and courses throughout the Garden State is competing against the vast array of quality designs that dot the landscape. Unquestiona...

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Old York 27/12/2020

66th New Jersey - Best in Area
The story of Old York must begin with the vision of its founder Ed Eget. Ed engaged Hall-of-Famer Gary Player to design an 18-hole layout in Burlington County and the day...

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Soldier Hollow (Gold) 19/12/2020

12th Utah - Best in Area
If you ask most people who play Solider Hollow the common talking point starts with the modest fees to play. The architecture is sound but far from riveting. Yes, the fac...

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Entrada at Snow Canyon 19/12/2020

8th Utah - Best in Area
Playability and fun are two central elements in attracting players -- especially those looking to golf as an ongoing recreational pursuit. Brian's earlier review highligh...

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Classic Club 18/12/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
It's hard to say how utterly different Arnold Palmer the golfer was compared to Arnold Palmer the course architect. The former's playing style was utterly captivating --...

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Real Tenerife 17/12/2020

14th Canary Islands - Best in Area
Being able to drive away from the pedestrian golf that infects a number of courses on the south side of the island which is laden with golfers on holiday -- a venture to...

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Royce Brook (East) 17/12/2020

62nd New Jersey - Best in Area
Give mega credit to architect Steve Smyers in crafting a fun layout that's fairly undistinguished with little in terms of land movement. The East Course is more user-frie...

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Blue Heron Pines 12/12/2020

73rd New Jersey - Best in Area
When Blue Heron Pines joined the Atlantic City area as a daily fee course that entrance served as the catalyst for a number of other daily fee courses to join the golf ma...

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Crestmont 12/12/2020

52nd New Jersey - Best in Area
The impact of the renowned architect Donald Ross is not as prolific in the Garden State as in other northeastern States such as New York and Massachusetts, to name just t...

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Heron Glen 09/12/2020

67th New Jersey - Best in Area
The biggest issue facing stand-alone municipal courses -- more accurately defined as taxpayer-owned facilities -- is successfully combining strategic interest, along with...

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Preakness Hills 09/12/2020

71st New Jersey - Best in Area
Preakness Hills is another New Jersey layout that often gets little notice because the competitive depth of courses throughout the Garden States is highly competitive wit...

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Southward Ho 08/12/2020

77th New York - Best in Area
There are a number of under-appreciated layouts that dot the landscape of Long Island and Southward Ho is one of them. The course is impacted by the vagaries of wind blow...

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Golf Club of Purchase 08/12/2020

70th New York - Best in Area
One of the most glaring advantages for old-time architects was in NOT dealing with a myriad of laws, rules and regulations tied to environmental matters -- most notably w...

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Spring Brook 08/12/2020

39th New Jersey - Best in Area
One of the hardest aspects facing clubs in the Garden State is breaking through and being noticed given the sheer depth of courses that dot the upper elite stratosphere.S...

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The Tuxedo Club 08/12/2020

67th New York - Best in Area
Often times the sunshine that illuminates the top tier golf layouts that inhabit Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties in The Empire State can obscure those courses lo...

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Kilmarlic 07/12/2020

89th North Carolina - Best in Area
When heading to the Cape Hatteras area the level of golf courses are wanting but there are a few options well worth checking out. I have already opined on The Currituck C...

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Eagle Trace 06/12/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
Can't really disagree with the comments offered by George Peper and Greg Norman. The issue with many Sunshine State courses is the over involvement of H20 constantly. Add...

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