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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Clear Creek 01/06/2017

2nd Nevada - Best in Area
When driving to Clear Creek from the central area of Carson City you ascend highway 50 and you quickly wonder how a quality golf course could be built on such abrupt terr...

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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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Ballyneal 30/11/2018

1st Colorado - Best in Area 26th USA Ranking 27th North America Ranking 55th World Ranking
It's truly amazing when you drive through the town of Holyoke, which is simply ordinary and quite flat, you begin to wonder what the fuss is all about regarding Ballyneal...

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Red Ledges 14/03/2017

3rd Utah - Best in Area
I have been a keen follower of various Jack Nicklaus designed courses. My total count is just under 80 globally. I have seen the earliest works which included a certain f...

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Cabo del Sol (Ocean) 03/12/2018

2nd Mexico Ranking 50th North America Ranking
One man is responsible for creating the growth for golf in the Cabo area and he just happens to be the game's greatest player -- Jack Nicklaus. In years past the Cabo are...

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Streamsong (Black) 22/11/2017

6th Florida - Best in Area 95th USA Ranking
When Streamsong opened 36-holes featuring Tom Doak's Blue layout and Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore's Red course there was little question quality design -- far beyond the p...

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Kingsley Club 04/05/2017

3rd Michigan - Best in Area 83rd USA Ranking 96th North America Ranking
"In the spirit of the game." That is the mantra for The Kingsley Club. Pure magic. Pure fun. When you arrive at The Kingsley Club you encounter simplicity -- no bells and...

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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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Stone Eagle 20/03/2017

15th California - Best in Area
The first among equals for me in rating a course is the land a course occupies. In my mind, the quality of the land is no less than 60% of my total evaluation. There's no...

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Eastward Ho! 25/09/2017

5th Massachusetts - Best in Area 61st USA Ranking 70th North America Ranking
Massachusetts has a number of superb top tier layouts – many congregated in and around the Boston metro area. But I can say without any hesitation or reservation that tho...

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Riviera 28/07/2017

5th California - Best in Area 21st USA Ranking 21st North America Ranking 37th World Ranking
It would simply be redundant on my part to repeat what others have said about this magnificent course in the greater LA area. Set in a canyon the layout is marvelously ro...

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Bayonne 23/01/2017

10th New Jersey - Best in Area
One of the real advantages architects had when golf grew rapidly during the classic period of golf course development in America in the 1920's was the availability of cho...

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Rustic Canyon 25/12/2017

16th California - Best in Area
Given my genesis in golf as a public course player I've had the good fortune in playing many of the finest available courses in America. I would dare say no American co...

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Pine Valley 08/02/2017

1st New Jersey - Best in Area 3rd USA Ranking 3rd North America Ranking 3rd World Ranking
In the golf pecking order of ultimate greatness -- the name Pine Valley resonates as the first among equals. It is the "Citizen Kane" of golf courses. When rankings of th...

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Bulls Bay 03/04/2017

14th South Carolina - Best in Area
Tragically, the life of architect Mike Strantz came to an end far too soon at the age of 50. The talented designer was just getting started in bringing to life a series o...

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