Articles by M. James Ward

Bandon Bound: America's Golf Mecca

Bandon Bound: America's Golf Mecca

There are a select number of outposts in the golf world serving as light houses -- drawing golfers desirous of a memorable and enduring bond. These specific locations feature course designs where exquisite shotmaking is de rigueur -- a magical intersection combining aerial and ground game dimensions in total harmony with the existing natural environment.

Heavenly Golf on Earth in Northern Ireland

Heavenly Golf on Earth in Northern Ireland

Over the last several years the awareness level of golfers globally concerning Northern Ireland has been expanded courtesy of three world class players -- each calling that special piece of land home.

Quality Golf Options Abound in South Wales

Quality Golf Options Abound in South Wales

As a life long resident of the State of New Jersey I have a special fondness for Wales in the United Kingdom. Like my home state which is bracketed with New York City and Philadelphia hogging the spotlight -- Wales is squeezed by bigger and better known neighbors -- England on all sides and to the north Scotland.

Golf in England's West Country: Atlantic Links Await

Golf in England's West Country: Atlantic Links Await

Golf in the United Kingdom often follows predictable emphasis points -- many make the obligatory pilgrimage to St. Andrews and the famed Old Course in Scotland -- golf's ancestral home.

Delightful Doings in Dublin, Ireland ... Golf and more

Delightful Doings in Dublin, Ireland ... Golf and more

In my golf travels I have found having quality course options close to a major metropolitan area is the ultimate combination because of the myriad of fascinating things you can do.

Kaua'i Golf 'Garden' Awaits

Kaua'i Golf 'Garden' Awaits

Visiting Kaua'i provides a dramatic counterpoint to the setting and tempo found on the other Hawaiian islands. Kaua'i provides movement but more towards slow motion -- never chaotic -- never overloaded. Want incessant buzz and pulsating beat? Simple. Head over to Oahu and the Waikiki Beach environs.

Hoosier Heaven - French Lick Resort in Indiana

Hoosier Heaven - French Lick Resort in Indiana

After covering this year's PGA Championship held in Louisville at Vahalla Golf Club I decided to extend my time in the immediate area with a visit to a golf resort I had long heard much about but because of its relative isolation had never visited.

Parkland Golfing in Ireland

Parkland Golfing in Ireland

In my past golf visits to Ireland I've always made it a point to play โ€“ and only play โ€“ links courses.

Scottish Golf: Heaven in the Highlands

Scottish Golf: Heaven in the Highlands

For golf enthusiasts visiting Scotland for the first time the golfing compass invariably sets for St. Andrews -- with the pilgrimage to The Old Course -- the ancestral home of golf.

Pinehurst Prevails In The Sandhills of North Carolina

Pinehurst Prevails In The Sandhills of North Carolina

For two weeks -- June 12 thru 22 -- the center of the golf world focuses on Pinehurst, NC and the fascinating Sandhills region of the 'Tar Heel' state.

Trump and Tradition: Golfing in Scotland's North East

Trump and Tradition: Golfing in Scotland's North East

For those visiting Scotland with golf as the central focus -- whether first time or return -- the usual emphasis points to places such as St. Andrews, the greater Edinburgh / East Lothian area, the Scottish Highlands and the southwestern coastal area from Glasgow. No question each possesses attributes worth exploring.

Golfing in Dublin: The Emerald Isle's Capital

Golfing in Dublin: The Emerald Isle's Capital

Ireland possesses some of the finest courses in the world. One specific area often gets little attention -- Dublin -- the nation's capital.

Northern Wales: Undiscovered Golf Options Await...

Northern Wales: Undiscovered Golf Options Await...

Upon my return from a recent visit to the United Kingdom a long-time friend of mine, who I always believed was worldly in his overall understanding of geography, asked me how my visit had gone.

Golfing in the Lone Star State's Capital City

Golfing in the Lone Star State's Capital City

Returning to Austin had been on my mind for quite some time. My initial visit โ€“ some 25 years ago when visiting my brother's family -- came a few years prior to the steady drumbeat of stories highlighting all the positive dimensions of living in The Lone Star State's capital city.

New Mexico: A Land of Enchantment for Golfers

New Mexico: A Land of Enchantment for Golfers

Visitors to New Mexico generally visit the "Land of Enchantment" for a whole host of reasons -- the amazing topography, the appetizing food offerings, the hospitable people.