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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Horseshoe Bay (Ram Rock) 14/11/2019

51st Texas - Best in Area
My first round at Ram Rock was in the late 1980s and, at that time, the overall qualities of the course were clearly present. To be totally fair, much of that had to do w...

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The Bandit 14/11/2019

Gem USA - Best in Area
For those driving between Austin and San Antonio and looking for a golf option between the two large Texas communities a round at The Bandit is something to seriously con...

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Wynn Las Vegas 13/11/2019

Gem USA - Best in Area
The most important dimension determining your feelings on the "new" Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas boils down to this: what is your emphasis point? If your emphasis is top V...

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Branson Hills 12/11/2019

13th Missouri - Best in Area
Much of the recent fanfare tied to golf in the immediate Branson area has centered around the ongoing activities tied to the Big Cedar Lodge and the recent opening of Oza...

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Oasis (Palmer) 12/11/2019

22nd Nevada - Best in Area
When I first played the Oasis not long after it opened in 1995 the 1st hole was a long par-5 going uphill for all if its 550 or so yards. In the years to follow a new clu...

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GreatHorse 08/11/2019

30th Massachusetts - Best in Area
The goal in achieving superior courses often comes down to a few key variables. First, how committed is the ownership in seeing through matters from start to finish. Seco...

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Horseshoe Bay (Apple Rock) 07/11/2019

94th Texas - Best in Area
Apple Rock often gets second billing at Horseshoe Bay given the three courses one can play at the resort. Often it's Ram Rock drawing the most attention and frankly, I ha...

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La Cantera (Resort) 06/11/2019

84th Texas - Best in Area
From 1995 thru 2009 -- The Resort Course served as host to the annual Texas Open event on the PGA Tour. The course was a birdie fest for the game's top players -- in fact...

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Spanish Oaks 03/11/2019

10th Texas - Best in Area
Selling real estate can be a difficult chore but years ago someone figured out that tying residential sales to golf would be a win on all fronts. The key with having hous...

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La Cantera (Palmer) 02/11/2019

57th Texas - Best in Area
Arnold Palmer had a legendary career as a golfer and clearly is responsible for the ascension of professional golf to the dizzying heights we see today. Palmer dabbled in...

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Wolfdancer 30/10/2019

45th Texas - Best in Area
The story with Wolfdancer is quite simple -- half of the course is mainly forgettable and the other half goes full stride to deliver a quality presentation.The opening ni...

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TPC San Antonio (Oaks) 30/10/2019

35th Texas - Best in Area
This is the venue for the annual Valero Texas Open and the Greg Norman design is certainly the toughest of the two tests at the facility.However, the terrain is far less...

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TPC San Antonio (Canyons) 23/10/2019

61st Texas - Best in Area
The Canyons is the companion layout to the Oaks Course which serves as annual host for The Valero Texas Open on the PGA Tour.The Canyons has had professional events playe...

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Brackenridge Park 21/10/2019

70th Texas - Best in Area
The history of the property is a major story line when playing the Tillinghast layout. Numerous early on Texas Opens were played here and the course is an early statement...

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Wintergreen (Devil's Knob) 27/09/2019

46th Virginia - Best in Area
Give architect Ellis Maples credit in creating this mountainous course. The wherewithal to slot fairways through the trees is clearly something to behold. But the archite...

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Bulle Rock 27/09/2019

6th Maryland - Best in Area
This year I returned to Bulle Rock for my 3rd round there and my initial thoughts were reinforced -- how much more could have been done to really be something of conseque...

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PGA (Dye) 26/09/2019

75th Florida - Best in Area
During my lifetime I've made many visits to Florida and much of the golf is relegated to formulaic designs promoting the housing element while the golf plays second fiddl...

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