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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Peninsula (Marsh & Lakes) 05/01/2020

22nd Alabama - Best in Area
The entire 27-holes is located on dead flat land -- as in the ant hills on the property are akin to the Rocky Mountains. Stone attempted to break up the monotony with the...

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Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek) 14/02/2018

16th Oregon - Best in Area
Before the arrival of the Bandon complex of courses - Pumpkin Ridge was often cited as the key place to play golf when in Oregon -- both with the private Witch Hollow and...

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Wyncote 28/11/2018

48th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
There's no question that anyone heading to play Wyncote will get the best of service from an attentive staff and an equal element on the course conditioning side which is...

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Nefyn & District (Old) 16/02/2018

4th North Wales - Best in Area 12th Wales Ranking
If one were putting together a listing of courses that should be on a clear makeover listing then the primary candidate from Wales and most likely the UK is Nefyn & Distr...

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Saucon Valley (Grace) 20/02/2018

18th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
Beyond a golf course being absolutely pointless the next worst thing is the insertion of a very simple but direct word -- dull.Saucon Valley is an immense complex contain...

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Pyle and Kenfig 20/02/2018

5th South Wales - Best in Area 10th Wales Ranking
Anyone going to Pyle & Kenfig should opt to play the inner half of holes -- twice. The front nine is totally pedestrian in nature and devoid of anything that speaks to ar...

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3 Creek Ranch 19/11/2017

3rd Wyoming - Best in Area
The views of the Grand Tetons in the nearby distance are the main benefit when playing the course. The unfortunate aspect is that the land the 18-holes occupy is just for...

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Laytown & Bettystown 21/02/2018

3rd Meath - Best in Area 75th Ireland Ranking
I had the good fortune in being told to visit this course after my time at nearby Baltray / County Louth. I wasn't expecting a good deal since I had not heard a word abou...

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Laurel Valley 19/11/2017

13th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
I do like a few of the designs from Dick Wilson but Laurel Valley is an example of a long over-watered layout with little in terms of memorability or character. Much of t...

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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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Woodstock Inn 14/01/2020

14th Vermont - Best in Area
Unfortunately, I never played the former Wayne Stiles design ultimately replaced by the efforts of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The course today is a decent one but handicappe...

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Sagamore Resort 18/02/2019

55th New York - Best in Area
Donald Ross provided the handiwork for a number of stellar designs but The Sagamore is not one of them. The course is set a short distance from the grandeur of the hotel...

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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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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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Canoe Brook (North) 15/10/2018

47th New Jersey - Best in Area
New Jersey is blessed with a deep array of golf choices -- primarily on the private side and while I have always respected the qualities of the North Course at Canoe Broo...

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Ballybunion (Cashen) 10/12/2018

4th Kerry - Best in Area 25th Ireland Ranking
If you want to really know the standing of the Cashen Course as seen by the management of Ballybunion just check out the greens fees during high seasons for both courses....

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Thai 25/09/2017

6th Central Thailand - Best in Area 6th Thailand Ranking 96th Asia Ranking
The facility provides first rate care and attention to those who are members and their guests. Unfortunately, the layout is primarily vanilla in its architectural pedigre...

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