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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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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Twisted Dune 31/03/2017

27th New Jersey - Best in Area
The greater Atlantic City area had a big time push for golf course development starting in the late 1980's and carrying through the go-go period of the 1990's. It seemed...

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French Lick (Pete Dye) 31/03/2017

5th Indiana - Best in Area
I have often wondered if the best work from golf course architects comes when they are just getting started. The ideas, at that point, are fresh and often times challengi...

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Devil's Thumb 28/03/2017

33rd Colorado - Best in Area
If there's one thing golf needs it's courses concentrating first and foremost on the main product -- without undue fixation on all the side elements that have simply driv...

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Torrey Pines (North) 25/03/2017

55th California - Best in Area
Anytime there is a 36-hole complex it's likely one course is recognized as being the better of the two. One of the real challenges is to create as much interest as possib...

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Torrey Pines (South) 24/03/2017

25th California - Best in Area
Television exposure has helped a good number of courses gain wide global visibility. The South Course at Torrey Pines is one of the leading beneficiaries. There's little...

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Lakota Canyon 23/03/2017

15th Colorado - Best in Area
The name Jim Engh may not be a known entity as others in the design field but his impact on golf in Colorado is significant. The North Dakota native has lived in the Stat...

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Barona Creek 23/03/2017

22nd California - Best in Area
So much of what calls itself "golf" in the Southern California area is loaded with an endless assortment of vapid golf designs. Many were quickly created for housing deve...

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Stone Eagle 20/03/2017

15th California - Best in Area
The first among equals for me in rating a course is the land a course occupies. In my mind, the quality of the land is no less than 60% of my total evaluation. There's no...

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