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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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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Whispering Pines 18/09/2019

2nd Texas - Best in Area
Whispering Pines is a get away private club based on the Augusta National model and was developed by coal magnate Corby Robertson. The club is roughly 90 miles north of n...

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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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Boot Ranch 18/05/2018

11th Texas - Best in Area
While the State of Texas has produced the greatest depth of talent to play golf professionally in America, the lack of significant golf course design is equally striking...

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Champions (Cypress Creek) 23/04/2018

9th Texas - Best in Area
Hosting big time events is no guarantor that the course itself will be one where architectural greatness lives. Such is the case with Champions Golf Club and its Cypress...

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