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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Fenway 09/03/2017

21st New York - Best in Area
So much of course ratings and overall rankings is greatly impacted on what key events a club has hosted. The awareness level is helped considerably by television exposure...

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Monroe 02/05/2018

20th New York - Best in Area
When golfers head to this part of New York State the likely "must play" on the minds of many will be neighboring Oak Hill and its much-heralded East Course. For the more...

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Saratoga National 27/11/2018

64th New York - Best in Area
The name Roger Rulewich may not resonate with many people but for many years when Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was alive it was Rulewich who was his number one guy on the scen...

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Palouse Ridge 14/02/2018

8th Washington - Best in Area
The issue for Palouse Ridge is its lack of visibility being located in the southeastern area of Washington State. The design is the handiwork from the late John Harbottle...

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Haymaker 30/11/2018

25th Colorado - Best in Area
When top tier public facilities are mentioned in The Centennial State it boggles my mind when I don't see Haymaker listed near the very top. The Keith Foster design is sm...

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Cabo del Sol (Desert) 03/12/2018

15th Mexico Ranking
The tough aspect in being a 36-hole resort is when the "second course" sits in the shadow of the primary one. That's the case with the Tom Weiskopf design at Cabo del Sol...

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Victory Ranch 15/03/2017

4th Utah - Best in Area
The area in and around Park City saw fit to include a golf connection in tandem with its thriving world renown ski side. A number of developments clearly made strides and...

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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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Arcadia Bluffs (South) 09/10/2018

Gem USA - Best in Area
When golf facilities of all types are entertaining the thought in having more than once course in their portfolio the key is bringing on board different architects to hel...

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Whispering Pines 18/09/2019

2nd Texas - Best in Area 90th USA Ranking
Whispering Pines is a get away private club based on the Augusta National model and was developed by coal magnate Corby Robertson. The club is roughly 90 miles north of n...

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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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Kukui'ula 18/03/2017

9th Hawaii - Best in Area
Kukui'ula encompasses 1,010 acres of land -- located on the southern perimeter of Kaua'i. The facility was created as a family getaway -- a haven from the 24/7 pulse that...

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Poipu Bay 18/03/2017

11th Hawaii - Best in Area
The literal translation for Poipu means "crashing waves" and Poipu Bay -- designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. -- certainly has provided major awareness of golf in Kaua'i...

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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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