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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Shadow Ridge 22/07/2019

60th California - Best in Area
There's plenty of golf to fill one's time when visiting the Coachella Valley and to be candid much of it is simply forgettable. The private side, for those with access, c...

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Half Moon Bay (Ocean) 22/07/2019

70th California - Best in Area
Better overall than the big brother Old Course but still there's way too much shaping for my tastes that makes the Ocean Course stand apart from the site itself. It doesn...

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Pacific Grove 17/07/2019

57th California - Best in Area
During this year's US Open at Pebble Beach I had the good fortune in returning to Pacific Grove. The comments that have already been provided are spot on. The most intere...

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Wente Vineyards 17/07/2019

90th California - Best in Area
It amazes me how Greg Norman often fails to get much attention for the various designs he has done. The Shark has a good sense in how holes should be created and he's qui...

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CordeValle 05/07/2019

24th California - Best in Area
Robert Trent Jones, Jr. has had a long and quite successful career. No doubt when he commenced his career the long shadow of his famous father was present.Jones, Jr. is l...

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Grand Golf Club San Diego 05/07/2019

71st California - Best in Area
I have had the opportunity to play the course twice. The first when the facility was called The Meadows Del Mar. It has since been changed to the Grand Golf Club.Tom Fazi...

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PGA West (Nicklaus Private) 03/07/2019

66th California - Best in Area
Be forewarned -- the Nicklaus Private is not meant for those with double-digit handicaps. The course has plenty of hard edges to the actual layout. What I mean by that is...

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Max A. Mandel 01/07/2019

89th Texas - Best in Area
The 2012 opened course is quite literally on the border with Mexico although the holes themselves do not play at or near the Rio Grande.Architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. d...

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Cimarron Hills 24/06/2019

66th Texas - Best in Area
Just north of Austin is one of the best courses you can play in central Texas. Designed by Jack Nicklaus the layout works perfectly even though the nature of the facility...

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The Quarry 24/06/2019

72nd Texas - Best in Area
Tale of two different nines. The outward half plays through non-descript grasslands. The holes are fairly basic in their requirements and sufficient but far from anything...

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Butterfield Trail 23/06/2019

50th Texas - Best in Area
Tom Fazio generally prefers to design courses in the private and resort category but his effort on the taxpayer-owned side turned out especially well here in El Paso.What...

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Sebonack 04/06/2019

12th New York - Best in Area 62nd USA Ranking 71st North America Ranking
When people discuss Sebonack the discussion can only commence with these two words -- Michael Pascucci. It was Pascucci's vision as owner and founder that top tier golf w...

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Crumpin-Fox 23/04/2019

35th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Over the years I have been able to play Crumpin-Fox a number of times as the course is ideally located on one's way to the northern areas of New England when traveling fr...

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Wee Burn 17/04/2019

5th Connecticut - Best in Area
The Nutmeg State has the honor in being squeezed between two States with a very deep roster of superior private clubs. I am referring to The Empire State of New York and...

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Tamarack 16/04/2019

4th Connecticut - Best in Area
The work of Charles "steam shovel" Banks is often either undervalued or simply forgotten by many and that's a real shame. Fortunately, those living in the metro NYC area...

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Turnberry Isle (Miller) 10/04/2019

76th Florida - Best in Area
To echo the points made by Colin -- there's only one course to play when coming to Turnberry Isle and it's not the Miller Course. Boring and predictable are the key eleme...

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