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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CommonGround 04/04/2020

12th Colorado - Best in Area
CommonGround was created for the "common" man and woman golfer. It's the home course for the Colorado Golf Association and is total redesign of the former Lowry Air Force...

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Maroon Creek 04/04/2020

9th Colorado - Best in Area
The main downside for Maroon Creek comes with its initial opening holes and the final two which end the round. The course is split by a roadway and the first two holes an...

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Castle Pines Golf Club 04/04/2020

4th Colorado - Best in Area
Castle Pines clearly benefited from the television exposure it received when hosting The International event on the PGA Tour from 1986 until 2006. The Stableford format a...

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Del Paso 02/04/2020

84th California - Best in Area
Much attention quite rightly has been bestowed on the magnificent effort carried forward by Kyle Phillips with his efforts at California GC. But, amazingly, the greater S...

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TPC Summerlin 02/04/2020

23rd Nevada - Best in Area
The architecture isn't compelling but it's hardly pedestrian given the close proximity of housing on a number of the holes. The site was also not bulldozed to death so th...

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Edgewood Tahoe 02/04/2020

5th Nevada - Best in Area
Edgewood Tahoe receives plenty of attention but frankly it's the scenery -- both internal and external -- that has been the driving force behind the fanfare for the layou...

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Breakfast Hill 31/03/2020

13th New Hampshire - Best in Area
Give kudos to architect Brian Silva in being able to capture classic architectural elements in a New England landscape with various hole movements and rock outcroppings t...

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Sugarloaf 31/03/2020

8th Maine - Best in Area
The key issue when facilities seek to include both golf and skiing as main elements of attraction is how difficult that combination can prove to be. Ski sites need to be...

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Paa-Ko Ridge (1st & 2nd) 31/03/2020

1st New Mexico - Best in Area
The main reason why Paa-Ko Ridge has attained a number one position for all courses in New Mexico rests squarely on how high a value far too many people place on off-cour...

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Sandia 29/03/2020

12th New Mexico - Best in Area
The most noticeable aspect when coming to Sandia is the scale of the property. It is truly expansive and the golf is fashioned to take advantage of that aspect. Architect...

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Taos 29/03/2020

11th New Mexico - Best in Area
Taos has long enjoyed a deserved reputation as the getaway spot for writers, musicians, and artists of all types. The golf side came much later and when Taos CC opened in...

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Lahontan 26/03/2020

28th California - Best in Area
The most important lesson Tom Weiskopf learned early on when transitioning between being a top tier Tour player and designer was in providing for playability. Unlike Jack...

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Granite Bay 26/03/2020

52nd California - Best in Area
Great architecture often stems from first rate land. That is the initial story for the quality layout of Granite Bay. The other is the brilliance in creating an array of...

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La Paloma (Ridge & Canyon) 19/03/2020

41st Arizona - Best in Area
The best piece of advice I can give those who venture to La Paloma is be sure to be playing well because the Ridge and Canyon Nines do not suffer fools gladly. Plenty of...

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Hideout - Utah 17/03/2020

11th Utah - Best in Area
Getting to Monticello is no easy task. The locale isn't really near anything of consequence unless one considers the Four Corners Monument -- the only location in the USA...

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Promontory Club (Canyon) 17/03/2020

5th Utah - Best in Area
A quality layout from Pete Dye. However, there's nothing here that climbs to the high altitude -- no pun intended -- of courses that Dye is famous for in creating.The fro...

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Coyote Springs 11/03/2020

9th Nevada - Best in Area
It's been said timing is everything in life and nothing could be closer to that truth than the story of Coyote Springs. The course was what was supposed to be the first o...

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Coral Canyon 10/03/2020

15th Utah - Best in Area
My first time at Coral Canyon was not long after it opened in 2001 and I really enjoyed the end product that architect Keith Foster provided. Fast-forward to current time...

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Thanksgiving Point 10/03/2020

10th Utah - Best in Area
When I first played the course just a year or two following its opening -- one could not play on Sundays because of the Mormon connection with the ownership. That has sin...

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