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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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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Crystal Springs (Ballyowen) 19/03/2017

21st New Jersey - Best in Area
In the heady days when public golf development was busting out of the seams in the 1990's two men played leading roles in the Garden State -- albeit from different areas...

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Poipu Bay 18/03/2017

11th Hawaii - Best in Area
The literal translation for Poipu means "crashing waves" and Poipu Bay -- designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. -- certainly has provided major awareness of golf in Kaua'i...

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Kukui'ula 18/03/2017

9th Hawaii - Best in Area
Kukui'ula encompasses 1,010 acres of land -- located on the southern perimeter of Kaua'i. The facility was created as a family getaway -- a haven from the 24/7 pulse that...

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Victory Ranch 15/03/2017

4th Utah - Best in Area
The area in and around Park City saw fit to include a golf connection in tandem with its thriving world renown ski side. A number of developments clearly made strides and...

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Red Ledges 14/03/2017

3rd Utah - Best in Area
I have been a keen follower of various Jack Nicklaus designed courses. My total count is just under 80 globally. I have seen the earliest works which included a certain f...

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Knickerbocker 12/03/2017

31st New Jersey - Best in Area
Northern New Jersey is blessed with a rich depth of quality courses. Knickerbocker often escapes view because of the attention paid to several other nearby courses which...

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Fenway 09/03/2017

21st New York - Best in Area
So much of course ratings and overall rankings is greatly impacted on what key events a club has hosted. The awareness level is helped considerably by television exposure...

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Seaview (Bay) 07/03/2017

41st New Jersey - Best in Area
The golf club dates from 1914, when public utility magnate Clarence H. Geist founded the Seaview Country Club in 1914. The original course -- known today as the Bay Cours...

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Wolf Creek Golf Club 06/03/2017

7th Nevada - Best in Area
The best way to explain Wolf Creek is to use a movie analogy. If Pine Valley or Cypress Point are the "Citizen Kane" of golf courses -- Wolf Creek is akin to "Raiders of...

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Highlands Links 04/03/2017

3rd Nova Scotia - Best in Area 4th Canada Ranking 62nd North America Ranking
Stanley Thompson is rightly revered for the outstanding golf designs he spearheaded throughout much of Canada during his lifetime. The designs are often rich in detail an...

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Black Mountain 03/03/2017

8th Central Thailand - Best in Area 8th Thailand Ranking
In the short time that Black Mountain has been opened it has been the host location for both European and Asian Tour events. In addition, to the staging of professionals...

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Wine Valley 02/03/2017

3rd Washington - Best in Area
The most impressive aspect of Wine Valley is architect Dan Hixson did not have any formal connection with another architect before getting into the business. Hixson neith...

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Ardglass 01/03/2017

2nd Down - Best in Area 8th Northern Ireland Ranking
Many overseas visitors when coming to Northern Ireland usually have the desire to book tee times at both the Championship 18 at Royal County Down and the Dunluce Course a...

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Firestone (South) 01/03/2017

16th Ohio - Best in Area
In all of televised golf there are few courses that have been regular items for public attention. No question places such as Augusta National, Pebble Beach, The Old Cours...

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Sagebrush 28/02/2017

Gem Canada - Best in Area
Initially, Sagebrush was to be a private retreat for well-heeled members and their guests. Unfortunately, that model could not sustain itself and the club went into a per...

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