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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Kapalua (Plantation) 09/01/2019

2nd Hawaii - Best in Area
Right off the bat the essence of the Plantation Course rests squarely on its location. The views, both on and most certainly off property, are spectacular. To their immen...

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Northwood Golf Club 09/01/2019

Gem USA - Best in Area
The most enduring aspect of Northwood is the setting. The 9-hole layout works its way through stately redwoods that provide magnificent corridors with holes slotted throu...

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Crandon 02/01/2019

Gem USA - Best in Area
Formerly called the Links at Key Biscayne the club was wise enough to change its name a number of years ago because any course that uses the tagline "links" had best be v...

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Shark's Tooth 26/12/2018

41st Florida - Best in Area
For whatever reason I don't know why Greg Norman has not gotten more attention for a number of the courses he has created. Clearly, Norman has benefited from his former p...

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John's Island (West) 26/12/2018

8th Florida - Best in Area
I have been going to The Sunshine State for golf for over 40 years and have played well in excess of 100 courses and I've developed over that time frame a strong belief t...

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Hammock Beach (Ocean) 23/12/2018

35th Florida - Best in Area
Creating a fun and challenging resort course is never an easy assignment. The diverse nature of those likely to play can prove a tough hurdle to overcome for many archite...

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Ballybunion (Cashen) 10/12/2018

4th Kerry - Best in Area 26th 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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Trump National - Colts Neck 10/12/2018

46th New Jersey - Best in Area
As with all Trump courses I've played -- roughly a dozen or so -- the turf quality is extremely good. For those who enjoy the highly manicured presentation -- TN Colts Ne...

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Cabo del Sol (Desert) 03/12/2018

15th Mexico Ranking
The tough aspect in being a 36-hole resort is when the "second course" sits in the shadow of the primary one. That's the case with the Tom Weiskopf design at Cabo del Sol...

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Cabo del Sol (Ocean) 03/12/2018

2nd Mexico Ranking 50th North America Ranking
One man is responsible for creating the growth for golf in the Cabo area and he just happens to be the game's greatest player -- Jack Nicklaus. In years past the Cabo are...

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Ballyneal 30/11/2018

1st Colorado - Best in Area 26th USA Ranking 27th North America Ranking 55th World Ranking
It's truly amazing when you drive through the town of Holyoke, which is simply ordinary and quite flat, you begin to wonder what the fuss is all about regarding Ballyneal...

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Haymaker 30/11/2018

25th Colorado - Best in Area
When top tier public facilities are mentioned in The Centennial State it boggles my mind when I don't see Haymaker listed near the very top. The Keith Foster design is sm...

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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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Links at Hiawatha Landing 27/11/2018

68th New York - Best in Area
There's nothing worse than a course pretending to be something which in all reality it cannot be. Such is the case with another facility embracing the term "links" when n...

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Saratoga National 27/11/2018

64th New York - Best in Area
The name Roger Rulewich may not resonate with many people but for many years when Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was alive it was Rulewich who was his number one guy on the scen...

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Forest Dunes (Weiskopf) 25/11/2018

8th Michigan - Best in Area
So many times when people prepare reviews the focus often highlights the "experience" side of the equation. How well was one received by staff? How good were the turf con...

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Longue Vue 25/11/2018

29th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
The immediate Pittsburgh area is blessed with a fine array of outstanding courses with clearly the likes of Oakmont leading the way. However, there's much more to the loc...

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Lookaway 25/11/2018

27th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
Rees Jones has created a number of outstanding courses but as is common with many architects there can be times when a final product is nothing more than an effort that i...

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