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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Shadow Creek 16/03/2018

1st Nevada - Best in Area 59th USA Ranking 67th North America Ranking
What many people fail to understand about Shadow Creek is that the primary storyline on the course is how it came into being and how when you visit you're serviced like a...

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Innisbrook (Copperhead) 12/03/2018

29th Florida - Best in Area
When you leave Route 19 and venture onto the grounds of Innisbrook you leave the cluttered and chaotic roadway and all the hustle and bustle behind.Innisbrook is beyond t...

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Grand Cypress (New) 12/03/2018

45th Florida - Best in Area
Why anyone would venture to play a themed course patterned to the iconic Old Course at St. Andrews is beyond me.So much of Orlando is about creating illusions with Disney...

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Ravenna 12/03/2018

8th Colorado - Best in Area
So much of the work of the late Jay Morrish is tied to his connection to PGA TOUR player Tom Weiskopf. The duo did create a number of top tier designs. When the partnersh...

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The Rim 08/03/2018

10th Arizona - Best in Area
The collaboration of Tom Weiskopf and the late Jay Morrish produced a good mixture of fine courses. The Rim is certainly one of their very best.The course gets its name f...

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Rye (Old) 08/03/2018

2nd Sussex - Best in Area 24th England Ranking 53rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
When one rates a facility through a one-time visit you are limited to the situation you faced that time. What the weather was like that day. Was the wind blowing from the...

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Pine Canyon 05/03/2018

11th Arizona - Best in Area
One of the most unheralded of architects was the late Jay Morrish. Many might think his contributions came solely from his partnership with PGA TOUR star Tom Weiskopf. Th...

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Whisper Rock (Lower) 05/03/2018

6th Arizona - Best in Area
The thing about Whisper Rock, from the minute you get onto the property, is that this is a player's club. Whisper Rock is front and center on catering to people who both...

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Four Streams 05/03/2018

5th Maryland - Best in Area
It's hard to imagine why there is a shortage of top tier golf experiences in Maryland. The State has a rich diversity in it overall topography from land that is quite rol...

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Conwy 26/02/2018

3rd North Wales - Best in Area 7th Wales Ranking
I did not really know much about Conwy prior to my singular visit but I have to say I found the course an enjoyable experience. It helps that during my visit the temps we...

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Desert Mountain (Outlaw) 26/02/2018

25th Arizona - Best in Area
The most enthralling dimension of the Outlaw layout at Desert Mountain is how it clearly differentiates itself from the other five courses at the complex. Opened in 2003,...

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Montclair (Second & Fourth) 26/02/2018

20th New Jersey - Best in Area
This year marks the 125th anniversary of Montclair Golf Club and the storied history extends back to when golf developed a lasting toehold in Northern New Jersey and thro...

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Bull Bay 26/02/2018

6th North Wales - Best in Area 15th Wales Ranking
I was given a tip by a bartender when playing at Nefyn about Bull Bay. I had an extra day to spend and with a weather forecast promising ideal conditions I opted to inclu...

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French Lick (Donald Ross) 26/02/2018

3rd Indiana - Best in Area
The biggest issue that impacts the sensational Donald Ross Course at French Lick boils down to one word -- visibility. Or, the lack thereof. For many who come to this top...

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Hidden Creek 26/02/2018

12th New Jersey - Best in Area
The best word I can use to accurately describe Hidden Creek is "subdued." And that is a compliment to the extremely talented architectural duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crens...

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Laytown & Bettystown 21/02/2018

3rd Meath - Best in Area 69th Ireland Ranking
I had the good fortune in being told to visit this course after my time at nearby Baltray / County Louth. I wasn't expecting a good deal since I had not heard a word abou...

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