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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Lighthouse Sound 14/11/2018

10th Maryland - Best in Area
Right off the bat when a facility opts to incorporate the word "links" into their official name I wince. This seems to be a penchant for a number of American courses beli...

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Caledonia 11/11/2018

10th South Carolina - Best in Area
Tragically, architect Mike Strantz died way too soon at age 50 in 2005. His immense talents left the golfing world only a smattering of courses and by and large -- a numb...

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Tidewater 11/11/2018

29th South Carolina - Best in Area
What's interesting about Tidewater is how the course originated. Tax attorney Ken Tomlinson had wanted to have a golf course in the greater Myrtle Beach area but after te...

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Chechessee Creek 11/11/2018

7th South Carolina - Best in Area
For those who are Ben Crenshaw / Bill Coore devotees an opportunity to play Chechessee will be a rewarding one. But, frankly, the architecture is not as compelling as a n...

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Red Hawk 07/11/2018

9th New Mexico - Best in Area
Ken Dye has made a name for himself in the designing of a number of courses in the desert southwest of America. In the Land of Enchantment much of his acclaim centers aro...

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Predator Ridge (Ridge) 06/11/2018

6th British Columbia - Best in Area 33rd Canada Ranking
The issue for many of the courses that are in the greater Kelowna area of BC is their lack of visibility on the global stage. I had the opportunity to visit the interior...

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The Harvest 06/11/2018

46th British Columbia - Best in Area
For those wishing to have a layout nearest to the center of Kelowna a round at The Harvest will do quite nicely. The layout is done well but many of the key details are k...

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Twin Warriors 06/11/2018

6th New Mexico - Best in Area
Gary Panks is one of the more underrated architects who has done work globally but mostly his influence can be seen in the desert southwest area of America. His effort at...

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Yellowstone Club 06/11/2018

5th Montana - Best in Area
The original plans for The Yellowstone Club were quite ambitious. Created by original owner Tim Bixseth and his then wife Edra - the idea was to have multiple clubs throu...

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Cabo Real 06/11/2018

22nd Mexico Ranking
The distinguishing feature of the club is how it provides two distinct different 9-hole layouts. The front works its way to the ocean and while architect Robert Trent Jon...

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The Rise 04/11/2018

53rd British Columbia - Best in Area
The Rise is aptly named because the terrain -- 1,000 feet above the beautiful Lake Okanagan -- is anything but flat. The main issue when confronting such significant move...

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Chaparral Pines 01/11/2018

24th Arizona - Best in Area
For many residents of the Phoenix area finding a location that can jettison you away from the searing heat during summer months is clearly a topic of hot interest -- no p...

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Forest Highlands (Meadow) 01/11/2018

9th Arizona - Best in Area
After the rousing success of the big brother Canyon Course the hope was that a second 18-hole layout would be a strong rival. Unfortunately, the Meadow is not blessed w...

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Talking Rock 01/11/2018

29th Arizona - Best in Area
It's hard to imagine that when you have a talent architect, which Jay Morrish certainly was, and when combined with the scenic grandeur that is Prescott, you would think...

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Meadow Club 29/10/2018

18th California - Best in Area
The first aspect that makes The Meadow Club an experience is the long and winding road that makes up the final two miles to the club. I actually believe that if they need...

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Mayacama 29/10/2018

14th California - Best in Area
When arriving at Mayacama it's nearly impossible not to be "wowed" by the overall property. I've always believed having an exceptional piece of property can provide the k...

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Indian Wells (Players) 21/10/2018

53rd California - Best in Area
It's hard for to reconcile how the Players Course gets so little attention. Architect John Fought is quite talented and his work at other locations has produced some seri...

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The Reserve Club 21/10/2018

67th California - Best in Area
When the tandem of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish were functioning as an architectural team the quality of golf courses produced was quite good. Both men knew that golf des...

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