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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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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Pelican Hill (Ocean South) 22/12/2017

39th California - Best in Area
If one is in need of total pampering and has a few bucks in the pocket to make it happen then there's few places in California that can match what Pelican Hill provides....

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Sandpiper Golf Club 22/12/2017

74th California - Best in Area
If there is any course globally that could improve dramatically with a total renovation it is Sandpiper. Located in the intoxicating area of Santa Barbara the course feat...

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Links of North Dakota 27/11/2017

1st North Dakota - Best in Area
I salute golfers who make the trek to this remote layout. Architect Stephen Kay did a fine job in bringing to life a number of holes -- but the first third of the layout...

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Pennard 27/11/2017

2nd South Wales - Best in Area 2nd Wales Ranking 71st Britain & Ireland Ranking
If there's anything in golf more important to achieve it's "fun golf" and you see that dimension front and center when playing at Pennard. The location of the course high...

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Pinon Hills 25/11/2017

5th New Mexico - Best in Area
Few people will likely never play Pinon Hills because of its remote location -- in the far northwestern corner of New Mexico -- not far from where the Four Corners area i...

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Streamsong (Black) 22/11/2017

6th Florida - Best in Area 95th USA Ranking
When Streamsong opened 36-holes featuring Tom Doak's Blue layout and Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore's Red course there was little question quality design -- far beyond the p...

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Red Rock 19/11/2017

2nd South Dakota - Best in Area
For those making the trek to visit Mount Rushmore it pays to stop off at nearby Red Rock. Designed by Ron Farris -- he worked initially for Pete Dye when Long Cove was co...

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Laurel Valley 19/11/2017

13th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
I do like a few of the designs from Dick Wilson but Laurel Valley is an example of a long over-watered layout with little in terms of memorability or character. Much of t...

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3 Creek Ranch 19/11/2017

3rd Wyoming - Best in Area
The views of the Grand Tetons in the nearby distance are the main benefit when playing the course. The unfortunate aspect is that the land the 18-holes occupy is just for...

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Harvester 12/10/2017

Gem USA - Best in Area
Location can matter a good deal when courses are assessed. Few people may see Iowa as a golf destination of note but there are a few courses worthy of one's time and atte...

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