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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Max A. Mandel 01/07/2019

89th Texas - Best in Area
The 2012 opened course is quite literally on the border with Mexico although the holes themselves do not play at or near the Rio Grande.Architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. d...

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Cimarron Hills 24/06/2019

66th Texas - Best in Area
Just north of Austin is one of the best courses you can play in central Texas. Designed by Jack Nicklaus the layout works perfectly even though the nature of the facility...

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The Quarry 24/06/2019

72nd Texas - Best in Area
Tale of two different nines. The outward half plays through non-descript grasslands. The holes are fairly basic in their requirements and sufficient but far from anything...

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Butterfield Trail 23/06/2019

50th Texas - Best in Area
Tom Fazio generally prefers to design courses in the private and resort category but his effort on the taxpayer-owned side turned out especially well here in El Paso.What...

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Sebonack 04/06/2019

12th New York - Best in Area 62nd USA Ranking 71st North America Ranking
When people discuss Sebonack the discussion can only commence with these two words -- Michael Pascucci. It was Pascucci's vision as owner and founder that top tier golf w...

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Crumpin-Fox 23/04/2019

35th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Over the years I have been able to play Crumpin-Fox a number of times as the course is ideally located on one's way to the northern areas of New England when traveling fr...

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Wee Burn 17/04/2019

5th Connecticut - Best in Area
The Nutmeg State has the honor in being squeezed between two States with a very deep roster of superior private clubs. I am referring to The Empire State of New York and...

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Tamarack 16/04/2019

4th Connecticut - Best in Area
The work of Charles "steam shovel" Banks is often either undervalued or simply forgotten by many and that's a real shame. Fortunately, those living in the metro NYC area...

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Turnberry Isle (Miller) 10/04/2019

76th Florida - Best in Area
To echo the points made by Colin -- there's only one course to play when coming to Turnberry Isle and it's not the Miller Course. Boring and predictable are the key eleme...

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Disney (Lake Buena Vista) 10/04/2019

95th Florida - Best in Area
Frankly, the main reason one plays here is because your kids are engaged at the facility and you need a diversion to do something. That's the extent of the design.There a...

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Fazenda Boa Vista (Palmer) 30/03/2019

7th Brazil Ranking
Quality land, in my mind, makes up no less than 60% of the equation when assessing the merits of a given layout. When such land is available the architect clearly has an...

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Hamilton Farm (The Hickory) 18/03/2019

35th New Jersey - Best in Area
There's really only one word to describe the qualities of The Hickory -- bravo! Plenty of facilities have seen fit in recent years to add some sort of short course versio...

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Pine Valley Short Course 18/03/2019

25th New Jersey - Best in Area
A very wise decision was made to add golf to the legendary club and doing so via a short course rather than a second regulation one. The mixture of holes is quite fun to...

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Ridge at Back Brook 18/03/2019

19th New Jersey - Best in Area
Tom Fazio has clearly made his mark in designing courses throughout America and in certain locations globally. The key dimension with a Fazio design rests on whether the...

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Puakea 12/03/2019

27th Hawaii - Best in Area
So much of Hawaii golf is based on the self-created hype from the constant bombardment of marketing messages from the big time resorts. Few actually deliver. And, candidl...

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Mauna Kea 12/03/2019

4th Hawaii - Best in Area
Be forewarned -- anyone heading to Mauna Kea had best be able to golf their ball because this is clearly not your run-of-the-mill Hawaii resort. When Rees Jones updated t...

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Turtle Bay (Palmer) 12/03/2019

20th Hawaii - Best in Area
One would think that getting a course designed and built along the wild and beautiful North Shore of Oahu would be a grand spot for a golf course. The location certainly...

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