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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Innisbrook (Island) 09/12/2019

79th Florida - Best in Area
I have been playing golf for well over 40 years in the Sunshine State -- not because of a love of the locale but because weather necessitates such a desire to keep playin...

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Pine Tree 09/12/2019

14th Florida - Best in Area
Others have weighed in so I will keep my comments brief. I am not a fan of Florida golf but there are certain places that avid devotees of architecture need to see firsth...

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Red Sky Ranch (Norman) 03/05/2017

10th Colorado - Best in Area
Greg Norman had a stellar playing career although clearly his inability to close out key major championships in several instances will forever follow him. Despite his sho...

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Tralee 17/08/2018

3rd Kerry - Best in Area 15th Ireland Ranking 65th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Tralee is a tale of two nines totally different in character and strategic calculations. Before delving into the details it's necessary to highlight the scenic dimensions...

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Branson Hills 12/11/2019

13th Missouri - Best in Area
Much of the recent fanfare tied to golf in the immediate Branson area has centered around the ongoing activities tied to the Big Cedar Lodge and the recent opening of Oza...

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Pennard 27/11/2017

2nd South Wales - Best in Area 2nd Wales Ranking 71st Britain & Ireland Ranking
If there's anything in golf more important to achieve it's "fun golf" and you see that dimension front and center when playing at Pennard. The location of the course high...

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Forsgate (Banks) 06/01/2017

14th New Jersey - Best in Area
In today's "connected" world it's hard to imagine any "sleeper" courses escaping view. Especially when such courses are in an immediate core area where other courses of d...

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Four Mile Ranch 13/05/2018

23rd Colorado - Best in Area
Architect Jim Engh is wont to add plenty of man-made features to his designs. Sometimes the heavy hand can take away from the primary objective in providing for holes tha...

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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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Diamante (Dunes) 11/12/2019

1st Mexico Ranking 32nd North America Ranking 63rd World Ranking
Plenty of people have weighed in about Diamante and the holes encountered but there's been no real discussion about a major element clearly missing.Diamante is located in...

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Westchester (West) 16/01/2017

18th New York - Best in Area
New York State is blessed with arguably the deepest roster of private clubs in the United States. The concentration of that depth rests primarily in two locations. Long I...

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Rye (Old) 08/03/2018

2nd Sussex - Best in Area 24th England Ranking 55th 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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Plainfield 16/01/2017

3rd New Jersey - Best in Area 57th USA Ranking 66th North America Ranking
New Jersey is 47th among all States in America in terms of overall size -- but when the golf side is measured it easily ranks among the top ten in terms of overall qualit...

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Baltusrol (Upper) 16/01/2017

6th New Jersey - Best in Area
Baltusrol Golf Club is one of the most noteworthy 36-hole facilities in America. The club is the only facility in which both courses have served as host to the US Open. B...

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Granite Bay 26/03/2020

52nd California - Best in Area
Great architecture often stems from first rate land. That is the initial story for the quality layout of Granite Bay. The other is the brilliance in creating an array of...

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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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