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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Ak-Chin Southern Dunes 25/07/2019

32nd Arizona - Best in Area
Many people take the predictable trek when landing at Sky Harbor and then head north to the Scottsdale area for golf. I recommend upon landing you head south for just ove...

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Kapalua (Plantation) 09/01/2019

2nd Hawaii - Best in Area
Right off the bat the essence of the Plantation Course rests squarely on its location. The views, both on and most certainly off property, are spectacular. To their immen...

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Harvester 12/10/2017

Gem USA - Best in Area
Location can matter a good deal when courses are assessed. Few people may see Iowa as a golf destination of note but there are a few courses worthy of one's time and atte...

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Gamble Sands 20/02/2017

1st Washington - Best in Area 91st USA Ranking
In the go-go days of course development in the 1990's in the United States there was a strong push to bring to fruition various golf courses where overall difficulty was...

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Silverleaf 11/04/2017

13th Arizona - Best in Area
The Valley of the Sun includes the entire metro Phoenix area and there's a plethora of courses throughout the area. One architect who has been a major contributor to cour...

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Erin Hills 26/06/2017

5th Wisconsin - Best in Area
In having been on-hand and covering the 117th US Open Championship at Erin Hills I had the opportunity to observe the play of the world's best golfers. I had previously p...

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Forest Highlands (Canyon) 11/04/2017

1st Arizona - Best in Area
Since its opening over 30 years ago the Canyon Course at Forest Highlands has received much praise. Clearly, the course has its advantages. One of the main ones is being...

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The Trophy Club 09/01/2018

12th Indiana - Best in Area
What many people may not realize is that the State of Indiana is blessed with an array of top quality public facilities. Many might make an erroneous conclusion that give...

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Quaker Ridge 29/05/2018

9th New York - Best in Area 47th USA Ranking 52nd North America Ranking
In hosting this year's Curtis Cup Matches, Quaker Ridge will move out of the shadows -- self imposed at that -- and shine some light on an underexposed A.W. Tillinghast g...

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Tetherow 12/04/2017

13th Oregon - Best in Area
The tough part of success -- isn't attaining it -- but following-up upon it. This is especially true when you're a golf course architect -- golfers who like your work exp...

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Canterbury Golf Club 16/04/2018

9th Ohio - Best in Area
In my mind, New York and Pennsylvania are the two leading States with the deepest array of private clubs found in America. Making a good case for a top five inclusion is...

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Oak Hill (East) 29/05/2018

11th New York - Best in Area 64th USA Ranking 73rd North America Ranking
So much of the conversation the Empire State involves discussion of courses hailing from either Long Island or Westchester. That's understandable. The two areas are litte...

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East Hampton 10/03/2019

33rd New York - Best in Area
One of the most demanding aspects in being a golf course architect is fitting all 18 holes into a very small amount of acreage. Often times, there will be clear instances...

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Caledonia 11/11/2018

10th South Carolina - Best in Area
Tragically, architect Mike Strantz died way too soon at age 50 in 2005. His immense talents left the golfing world only a smattering of courses and by and large -- a numb...

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Glens Falls 10/03/2019

26th New York - Best in Area
One of the benefits architects had in the early part of the 20th century was being able to select land on behalf of deep pocket benefactors and not have to concern themse...

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