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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Fieldstone 10/10/2017

6th Delaware - Best in Area
When the tandem of Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry were working together they were quite successful in bringing to fruition a number of quality layouts. One of the cours...

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Mirabel 10/10/2017

20th Arizona - Best in Area
Originally the site was to be the home of a Greg Norman design, called Stonehaven, but plans changed as the course provided by The Shark was deemed way too demanding. Arc...

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Eastward Ho! 25/09/2017

5th Massachusetts - Best in Area 61st USA Ranking 70th North America Ranking
Massachusetts has a number of superb top tier layouts – many congregated in and around the Boston metro area. But I can say without any hesitation or reservation that tho...

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Gullane (No.1) 25/09/2017

4th Lothians - Best in Area 21st Scotland Ranking 66th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I don't have much to add but I will say this – the atmosphere when you come to Gullane is clearly a golfer's oasis. In many ways the complex of courses at Gullane reminds...

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Thai 25/09/2017

6th Central Thailand - Best in Area 6th Thailand Ranking 96th Asia Ranking
The facility provides first rate care and attention to those who are members and their guests. Unfortunately, the layout is primarily vanilla in its architectural pedigre...

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Sycamore Hills 14/08/2017

15th Indiana - Best in Area
There are many top tier layouts in the Hoosier State -- safe to say Sycamore Hills is not of them. The facility came into existence during the time when Jack Nicklaus was...

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Hot Springs (Arlington) 14/08/2017

4th Arkansas - Best in Area
It's more than likely that many people will not be venturing to Arkansas to play golf simply because the State is often overlooked for other locations in the southeast US...

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Spyglass Hill 28/07/2017

10th California - Best in Area 73rd USA Ranking 84th North America Ranking
I have had the opportunity to play Spyglass Hill on a number of occasions over the years and my earliest opinion still holds. I shake my head at a routing that offered th...

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Talking Stick (O’odham) 28/07/2017

23rd Arizona - Best in Area
The 36-hole facility is east of Highway 101 and is located on land that really doesn't provide much differentiation. The word "subtle" is often used to describe the desig...

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Riviera 28/07/2017

5th California - Best in Area 21st USA Ranking 21st North America Ranking 37th World Ranking
It would simply be redundant on my part to repeat what others have said about this magnificent course in the greater LA area. Set in a canyon the layout is marvelously ro...

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Erin Hills 26/06/2017

5th Wisconsin - Best in Area
In having been on-hand and covering the 117th US Open Championship at Erin Hills I had the opportunity to observe the play of the world's best golfers. I had previously p...

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Clear Creek 01/06/2017

2nd Nevada - Best in Area
When driving to Clear Creek from the central area of Carson City you ascend highway 50 and you quickly wonder how a quality golf course could be built on such abrupt terr...

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Essex County Country Club 15/05/2017

9th New Jersey - Best in Area
When New Jersey is mentioned the usual golf suspects are generally mentioned from the likes of Pine Valley, Baltusrol, Somerset Hills and Plainfield, to name just four. T...

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Tobiano 11/05/2017

5th British Columbia - Best in Area 31st Canada Ranking
The most striking feature of Tobiano is its incredible beauty -- breathtaking is an understatement. The land is abrupt in certain spots but the views clearly catch your e...

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Cascata 10/05/2017

6th Nevada - Best in Area
I have been a regular visitor to Las Vegas for forty plus years. I marveled at the pace of mega golf development over the years, yet much of the golf present is on the fu...

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Coyote Springs 04/05/2017

9th Nevada - Best in Area
Timing is everything in life -- and in golf course development. When Coyote Springs was conceived the golf market was flourishing and the greater Vegas golf scene gave ev...

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