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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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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Glens Falls 10/03/2019

26th New York - Best in Area
One of the benefits architects had in the early part of the 20th century was being able to select land on behalf of deep pocket benefactors and not have to concern themse...

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Turning Stone (Atunyote) 10/03/2019

50th New York - Best in Area
So many times when people are rating courses, they are really rating other elements that have very little to do with the core ingredient that needs their primary attentio...

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East Hampton 10/03/2019

33rd New York - Best in Area
One of the most demanding aspects in being a golf course architect is fitting all 18 holes into a very small amount of acreage. Often times, there will be clear instances...

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La Costa (Champions) 06/03/2019

44th California - Best in Area
Over the years the name La Costa became synonymous with professional golf. on the PGA Tour. The Tournament of Champions was a long time staple event here in Carlsbad -- 3...

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Rams Hill 06/03/2019

35th California - Best in Area
Sometimes the best decisions come when realizing an existing course is no longer feasible and then moving ahead with a massive overhaul. That was the risk taken with Rams...

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Bighorn (Canyons) 05/03/2019

32nd California - Best in Area
Big Horn provides for 36-holes of golf and in my initial review of the 1991 layout called Mountains by Arthur Hills I assessed the course at four golf balls. The follow-u...

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Maderas 05/03/2019

63rd California - Best in Area
There are no sure fire signs of when great architecture is likely to be present but one aspect often bears fruit in this regard. How good is the land for the golf? In my...

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PGA West (Palmer Private) 05/03/2019

68th California - Best in Area
Arnold Palmer's place in golf history is clearly secured -- as a player. However, in the role of architect his firm sadly cranked out countless examples of formulaic golf...

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