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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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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Arcola 15/10/2018

32nd New Jersey - Best in Area
The history of Arcola is certainly an interesting one. But, the recent improvements to the course are not only noticeable but also significant from a design standpoint. W...

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Canoe Brook (North) 15/10/2018

47th New Jersey - Best in Area
New Jersey is blessed with a deep array of golf choices -- primarily on the private side and while I have always respected the qualities of the North Course at Canoe Broo...

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Scotland Run 15/10/2018

48th New Jersey - Best in Area
Until the arrival of Scotland Run in 1999 the overall quality of public golf in the southwest corner of New Jersey was really lacking. Many were nothing more than pedestr...

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Century Country Club 12/10/2018

35th New York - Best in Area
Westchester County is blessed with an array of top tier courses -- although Century Country Club does not occupy the top level with such giants as Winged Foot, Quaker Rid...

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North Jersey 12/10/2018

38th New Jersey - Best in Area
The original pedigree of North Jersey CC was clearly a work of art from the extremely talented golfer and architect Walter Travis. The portfolio of top tier courses under...

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Boyne Highlands (Heather) 12/10/2018

35th Michigan - Best in Area
The complex at Boyne Highlands is a golfer's paradise with several different courses to enjoy. Arguably, the best of the bunch is the Heather -- the handiwork of the reno...

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Belvedere 10/10/2018

20th Michigan - Best in Area
For a number of years Belevdere was the host course for the annual Michigan State Amateur event. And there was good reason to do so. Opened in 1925, the semi-private layo...

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