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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Palouse Ridge 14/02/2018

8th Washington - Best in Area
The issue for Palouse Ridge is its lack of visibility being located in the southeastern area of Washington State. The design is the handiwork from the late John Harbottle...

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Hudson National 14/02/2018

24th New York - Best in Area
One of the real joys when playing the best courses in Westchester County is the quality of the land and how a number of the top tier courses had such land used in such a...

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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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TPC Scottsdale (Stadium) 02/02/2018

28th Arizona - Best in Area
Television can be a tremendous asset for courses that on closer inspection are not especially significant -- but because of the wherewithal to stage a PGA TOUR event the...

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Las Vegas Paiute (Wolf) 14/01/2018

16th Nevada - Best in Area
There's been plenty said about the Wolf Course -- I enjoyed playing it and I see the course in the second tier of top courses that Pete Dye has done. The stunning aspect...

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EagleSticks 14/01/2018

34th Ohio - Best in Area
One has no idea about the nature of Eaglesticks from the entrance roadway. You don't really see anything of the course until you're literally on the 1st tee. The site use...

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The Trophy Club 09/01/2018

12th Indiana - Best in Area
What many people may not realize is that the State of Indiana is blessed with an array of top quality public facilities. Many might make an erroneous conclusion that give...

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The Bridge 01/01/2018

31st New York - Best in Area
In the preamble to my review -- I completely concur about the genesis and pedigree of The Bridge. It is not what is generally found on the east end of the lower fork of L...

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Pine Barrens 01/01/2018

40th New Jersey - Best in Area
The course started as an upscale daily fee and then became private. The terrain for Pine Barrens is fairly ordinary -- with really little in terms of significance.There's...

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Siam (Old) 31/12/2017

3rd Central Thailand - Best in Area 3rd Thailand Ranking 71st Asia Ranking
Siam Country Club is a mega golf complex with three different facilities and a total of 63 holes. The Old Course, updated by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley in 2006/07, is a...

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Dalit Bay 31/12/2017

3rd East Malaysia - Best in Area 21st Malaysia Ranking
Getting to this part of the world is no easy trek. I was on a media visit when the sponsoring organization added a side visit to Sabah and a few of the courses there.I pl...

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Quarry at La Quinta 29/12/2017

19th California - Best in Area
I'm always amazed that when people do reviews of golf courses they will focus on elements that have little to do with the architecture but nonetheless they will weigh suc...

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Monarch Beach 28/12/2017

Gem USA - Best in Area
The issue with Monarch Beach is that the acreage is impacted in a major way by the clustering of mega-million dollar homes that engulf the layout like a straight jacket o...

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Rustic Canyon 25/12/2017

16th California - Best in Area
Given my genesis in golf as a public course player I've had the good fortune in playing many of the finest available courses in America. I would dare say no American co...

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Pelican Hill (Ocean North) 22/12/2017

34th California - Best in Area
The difference between the North and its sister course the South is fairly straightforward -- the former has the better overall consistency of holes. The North works its...

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