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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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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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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