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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Mauna Kea 12/03/2019

4th Hawaii - Best in Area
Be forewarned -- anyone heading to Mauna Kea had best be able to golf their ball because this is clearly not your run-of-the-mill Hawaii resort. When Rees Jones updated t...

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Turtle Bay (Palmer) 12/03/2019

20th Hawaii - Best in Area
One would think that getting a course designed and built along the wild and beautiful North Shore of Oahu would be a grand spot for a golf course. The location certainly...

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Glens Falls 10/03/2019

26th New York - Best in Area
One of the benefits architects had in the early part of the 20th century was being able to select land on behalf of deep pocket benefactors and not have to concern themse...

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Turning Stone (Atunyote) 10/03/2019

50th New York - Best in Area
So many times when people are rating courses, they are really rating other elements that have very little to do with the core ingredient that needs their primary attentio...

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East Hampton 10/03/2019

33rd New York - Best in Area
One of the most demanding aspects in being a golf course architect is fitting all 18 holes into a very small amount of acreage. Often times, there will be clear instances...

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La Costa (Champions) 06/03/2019

44th California - Best in Area
Over the years the name La Costa became synonymous with professional golf. on the PGA Tour. The Tournament of Champions was a long time staple event here in Carlsbad -- 3...

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Rams Hill 06/03/2019

35th California - Best in Area
Sometimes the best decisions come when realizing an existing course is no longer feasible and then moving ahead with a massive overhaul. That was the risk taken with Rams...

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Bighorn (Canyons) 05/03/2019

32nd California - Best in Area
Big Horn provides for 36-holes of golf and in my initial review of the 1991 layout called Mountains by Arthur Hills I assessed the course at four golf balls. The follow-u...

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Maderas 05/03/2019

63rd California - Best in Area
There are no sure fire signs of when great architecture is likely to be present but one aspect often bears fruit in this regard. How good is the land for the golf? In my...

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PGA West (Palmer Private) 05/03/2019

68th California - Best in Area
Arnold Palmer's place in golf history is clearly secured -- as a player. However, in the role of architect his firm sadly cranked out countless examples of formulaic golf...

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Sunningdale Country Club 18/02/2019

40th New York - Best in Area
Kudos to club leadership at Sunningdale when realizing failure to invest in their property would likely mean a bleak future. Over the years the original Seth Raynor layou...

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Sagamore Resort 18/02/2019

55th New York - Best in Area
Donald Ross provided the handiwork for a number of stellar designs but The Sagamore is not one of them. The course is set a short distance from the grandeur of the hotel...

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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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