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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Dooks 21/08/2018

5th Kerry - Best in Area 26th Ireland Ranking
A number of others have weighed in on the nature of the scenery you get to enjoy when playing Dooks. There's no question that a clear sunny day the joy in being out on th...

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Innisbrook (Copperhead) 12/03/2018

29th Florida - Best in Area
When you leave Route 19 and venture onto the grounds of Innisbrook you leave the cluttered and chaotic roadway and all the hustle and bustle behind.Innisbrook is beyond t...

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Gullane (No.1) 25/09/2017

3rd Lothians - Best in Area 20th Scotland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking
I don't have much to add but I will say this – the atmosphere when you come to Gullane is clearly a golfer's oasis. In many ways the complex of courses at Gullane reminds...

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Shadow Creek 16/03/2018

1st Nevada - Best in Area 54th USA Ranking 62nd North America Ranking
What many people fail to understand about Shadow Creek is that the primary storyline on the course is how it came into being and how when you visit you're serviced like a...

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Pound Ridge 20/01/2017

44th New York - Best in Area
The name Pete Dye is one of the true giants in golf course architecture. Dye made his mark by going in the opposite manner of the man he replaced as the giant in golf arc...

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Barona Creek 23/03/2017

22nd California - Best in Area
So much of what calls itself "golf" in the Southern California area is loaded with an endless assortment of vapid golf designs. Many were quickly created for housing deve...

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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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Boot Ranch 18/05/2018

11th Texas - Best in Area
While the State of Texas has produced the greatest depth of talent to play golf professionally in America, the lack of significant golf course design is equally striking...

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Hammock Beach (Ocean) 23/12/2018

35th Florida - Best in Area
Creating a fun and challenging resort course is never an easy assignment. The diverse nature of those likely to play can prove a tough hurdle to overcome for many archite...

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John's Island (West) 26/12/2018

8th Florida - Best in Area
I have been going to The Sunshine State for golf for over 40 years and have played well in excess of 100 courses and I've developed over that time frame a strong belief t...

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La Purisima 08/07/2018

58th California - Best in Area
The main anchor weighing down La Purisima is its isolated location. For those who venture from the largest nearby community in Santa Barbara -- you'll need to head nearly...

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Tobiano 11/05/2017

5th British Columbia - Best in Area 31st Canada Ranking
The most striking feature of Tobiano is its incredible beauty -- breathtaking is an understatement. The land is abrupt in certain spots but the views clearly catch your e...

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Oyster Harbors 28/08/2018

21st Massachusetts - Best in Area
The Cape Cod area provides for a wonderful mixture of topography and Oyster Harbors also had the good fortune in having architect Donald Ross at his best when the course...

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TPC Boston 28/08/2018

11th Massachusetts - Best in Area
The story of TPC Boston boils down to this -- prior to 2007 the layout, the handiwork of Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, was simply a course with a few moments of specia...

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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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Tamarack 16/04/2019

4th Connecticut - Best in Area
The work of Charles "steam shovel" Banks is often either undervalued or simply forgotten by many and that's a real shame. Fortunately, those living in the metro NYC area...

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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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Cimarron Hills 24/06/2019

66th Texas - Best in Area
Just north of Austin is one of the best courses you can play in central Texas. Designed by Jack Nicklaus the layout works perfectly even though the nature of the facility...

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