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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Ballybunion (Cashen) 10/12/2018

4th Kerry - Best in Area 26th Ireland Ranking
If you want to really know the standing of the Cashen Course as seen by the management of Ballybunion just check out the greens fees during high seasons for both courses....

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Trump National - Colts Neck 10/12/2018

46th New Jersey - Best in Area
As with all Trump courses I've played -- roughly a dozen or so -- the turf quality is extremely good. For those who enjoy the highly manicured presentation -- TN Colts Ne...

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Cabo del Sol (Desert) 03/12/2018

15th Mexico Ranking
The tough aspect in being a 36-hole resort is when the "second course" sits in the shadow of the primary one. That's the case with the Tom Weiskopf design at Cabo del Sol...

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Cabo del Sol (Ocean) 03/12/2018

2nd Mexico Ranking 50th North America Ranking
One man is responsible for creating the growth for golf in the Cabo area and he just happens to be the game's greatest player -- Jack Nicklaus. In years past the Cabo are...

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Ballyneal 30/11/2018

1st Colorado - Best in Area 26th USA Ranking 27th North America Ranking 55th World Ranking
It's truly amazing when you drive through the town of Holyoke, which is simply ordinary and quite flat, you begin to wonder what the fuss is all about regarding Ballyneal...

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Haymaker 30/11/2018

25th Colorado - Best in Area
When top tier public facilities are mentioned in The Centennial State it boggles my mind when I don't see Haymaker listed near the very top. The Keith Foster design is sm...

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Wyncote 28/11/2018

48th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
There's no question that anyone heading to play Wyncote will get the best of service from an attentive staff and an equal element on the course conditioning side which is...

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Links at Hiawatha Landing 27/11/2018

68th New York - Best in Area
There's nothing worse than a course pretending to be something which in all reality it cannot be. Such is the case with another facility embracing the term "links" when n...

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Saratoga National 27/11/2018

64th New York - Best in Area
The name Roger Rulewich may not resonate with many people but for many years when Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was alive it was Rulewich who was his number one guy on the scen...

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Forest Dunes (Weiskopf) 25/11/2018

8th Michigan - Best in Area
So many times when people prepare reviews the focus often highlights the "experience" side of the equation. How well was one received by staff? How good were the turf con...

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Longue Vue 25/11/2018

29th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
The immediate Pittsburgh area is blessed with a fine array of outstanding courses with clearly the likes of Oakmont leading the way. However, there's much more to the loc...

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Lookaway 25/11/2018

27th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
Rees Jones has created a number of outstanding courses but as is common with many architects there can be times when a final product is nothing more than an effort that i...

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Martis Camp 23/11/2018

17th California - Best in Area
Anyone who ventures to the greater Lake Tahoe area of America and can access both Martis Camp in CA and nearby Clear Creek in NV should do so. Both are private and both a...

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Bighorn (Mountains) 23/11/2018

51st California - Best in Area
As home to the now defunct Skins Game between 1992-95 -- the 18-hole layout received plenty of attention during that event held at the Thanksgiving time frame. Designed b...

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Bayside Golf Club 21/11/2018

11th Nebraska - Best in Area
For those who venture to the far western corner of Nebraska I would strongly recommend stopping by Bayside. The course is located on the shores of Lake McConaughy. Dave A...

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Desert Highlands 21/11/2018

3rd Arizona - Best in Area
When Desert Highlands opened in 1983 it was a truly a game changer in how modern golf design would go forward when located in arid climates such as this. Jack Nicklaus br...

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Conestoga 18/11/2018

15th Nevada - Best in Area
The thing that always amazes me when people discredit courses that have housing components as part of the presentation is it almost always comes from people who likely ha...

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Bear Dance 18/11/2018

31st Colorado - Best in Area
One of a number of high-end daily fee facilities that came onto the scene during the late 1990's and entering the new century.Bear Dance is routed well -- best of all the...

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Reflection Bay 18/11/2018

12th Nevada - Best in Area
It's amazing how Reflection Bay started on the most grandiose of plans. The concept was to create a second city with Reflection City at the epicenter. Then the housing bu...

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