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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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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Desert Mountain (Renegade) 21/02/2018

18th Arizona - Best in Area
Credit developer Lyle Anderson for an audacious vision in bringing to life the series of courses that comprise the Desert Mountain complex. Anderson was brilliant in gett...

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Tenby 20/02/2018

2nd West Wales - Best in Area 8th Wales Ranking
Few courses in all of Wales have such a superlative opening of holes as Tenby. Any visit to the club is augmented by the superb location -- plenty of things to do and see...

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Pyle and Kenfig 20/02/2018

5th South Wales - Best in Area 10th Wales Ranking
Anyone going to Pyle & Kenfig should opt to play the inner half of holes -- twice. The front nine is totally pedestrian in nature and devoid of anything that speaks to ar...

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Saucon Valley (Grace) 20/02/2018

18th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
Beyond a golf course being absolutely pointless the next worst thing is the insertion of a very simple but direct word -- dull.Saucon Valley is an immense complex contain...

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PGA National (Champion) 18/02/2018

34th Florida - Best in Area
There's a tendency to link difficulty and architectural greatness. However, the former is merely about the wherewithal to create a series of challenges that can often tim...

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Aberdovey 16/02/2018

1st North Wales - Best in Area 2nd Wales Ranking 64th Britain & Ireland Ranking
For me the tale of Aberdovey rests on two distinct parts -- the outward nine and the inward side. The former is fairly pedestrian with just a moment or two of compelling...

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Nefyn & District (Old) 16/02/2018

4th North Wales - Best in Area 12th Wales Ranking
If one were putting together a listing of courses that should be on a clear makeover listing then the primary candidate from Wales and most likely the UK is Nefyn & Distr...

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Muirfield 16/02/2018

1st Lothians - Best in Area 3rd Scotland Ranking 4th Britain & Ireland Ranking 10th World Ranking
In simple terms -- those who opine Muirfield is less than stellar - frankly need to examine the roster of champions the course has crowned over the years. There's no acci...

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