Legend has it that riches await the person who manages to discover the Lost Dutchman's Mine in Arizona's Superstition Mountains. If that's you, you might want to spend some of the loot on a spread in one of the west's best golf course communities which just happens to be located right at the foot of those mountains.
\nLocated about a half-hour's drive east of Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport, Superstition Mountain was the creation of Lyle Anderson, the developer famous for an ingenious marketing strategy for his properties (he inaugurated the Skins Game at his new Desert Highlands development in Scottsdale in 1983, then brought a Champions Tour major, The Tradition, to nearby Desert Mountain). He used the same approach here in recent years, Superstition Mountain has hosted the LPGA Tour's Safeway stop.
\nWhat distinguishes Superstition Mountain is the flexibility available in its real estate options, thanks to the property's 17 distinct villages, most of which feature European-style courtyards that encourage neighborhood interaction. The most compelling structure on the property is the 50,000-square-foot, Tuscan-themed clubhouse, its stone-and-stucco exterior graced with archways, patios and fountains, all topped with a Mexican tile roof.
\nThere are two golf courses to challenge you here: the Prospector course, which hosts the LPGA event, and its slightly sterner sibling, Lost Gold. Jack Nicklaus designed both. Prospector has a particularly stirring finishing stretch, especially No. 18, a reachable par 5 that is a classic risk/reward knee-knocker.
\nSuperstition Mountain has proven to be one of the most successful golf course communities in a state known for them. And while you might still be tempted to head into the mountains and look for that 'X' on the map, you may also choose to stay on the property and enjoy the golf treasure already there.
\nHome sites start at $320,000 and homes go from $599,000.
For more information call 877-983-3300, superstitionmountain.com