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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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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Kingsley Club 04/05/2017

3rd Michigan - Best in Area 83rd USA Ranking 96th North America Ranking
"In the spirit of the game." That is the mantra for The Kingsley Club. Pure magic. Pure fun. When you arrive at The Kingsley Club you encounter simplicity -- no bells and...

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Red Sky Ranch (Norman) 03/05/2017

10th Colorado - Best in Area
Greg Norman had a stellar playing career although clearly his inability to close out key major championships in several instances will forever follow him. Despite his sho...

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Stanwich 28/04/2017

3rd Connecticut - Best in Area
The biggest mistake many people make when assessing courses is the fixation on two specific elements at the expense of the central core. Too many people concentrate on th...

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Sanctuary 28/04/2017

6th Colorado - Best in Area
The history of how Sanctuary Golf Club came into existence has been mentioned a few times so I won't need to repeat what's already been stated. Having roughly 13,000 acre...

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Royal St David's 21/04/2017

2nd North Wales - Best in Area 4th Wales Ranking 78th Britain & Ireland Ranking
When golf is discussed in the United Kingdom the top tier courses located in Wales usually get far too little attention. I've been to the country on two different occasio...

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Hackensack 18/04/2017

23rd New Jersey - Best in Area
Credit the leadership of Hackensack Golf Club in realizing in the early 1990's a thorough review of the golf was needed and that a smart decision was made at that time to...

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Tetherow 12/04/2017

13th Oregon - Best in Area
The tough part of success -- isn't attaining it -- but following-up upon it. This is especially true when you're a golf course architect -- golfers who like your work exp...

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Forest Highlands (Canyon) 11/04/2017

1st Arizona - Best in Area
Since its opening over 30 years ago the Canyon Course at Forest Highlands has received much praise. Clearly, the course has its advantages. One of the main ones is being...

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Silverleaf 11/04/2017

13th Arizona - Best in Area
The Valley of the Sun includes the entire metro Phoenix area and there's a plethora of courses throughout the area. One architect who has been a major contributor to cour...

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Marquette (Greywalls) 06/04/2017

9th Michigan - Best in Area
What is often vastly underappreciated by many who play golf is the skill it takes to design a course -- particularly when budget is a major consideration and where the si...

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Hominy Hill 05/04/2017

37th New Jersey - Best in Area
The story of how Hominy Hill came into existence is a fascinating one. The man responsible for the course was Henry Mercer -- a shipping magnate who enjoyed mixing golf a...

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Bulls Bay 03/04/2017

14th South Carolina - Best in Area
Tragically, the life of architect Mike Strantz came to an end far too soon at the age of 50. The talented designer was just getting started in bringing to life a series o...

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Richter Park 03/04/2017

29th Connecticut - Best in Area
In the early 1980's Golf Digest rated Richter Park among the best public courses in the United States. I remember my first round at the course not long after being posted...

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Liberty National 03/04/2017

17th New Jersey - Best in Area
When many people watch the President's Cup Matches later this year few will really appreciate the monumental effort -- and money -- it took to create this 18-hole layout...

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Architects 03/04/2017

28th New Jersey - Best in Area
Replica courses have been around for quite some time. The issue is whether such a devotion to what's been done previously can still have enough pizzazz to carry it's own...

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