America's 10 Best Golf Communities
THE CLIFFS COMMUNITIES
Travelers Rest, S.C.
Selling points: Membership in one Cliffs community means playing privileges in all eight mountain and lake properties under the Cliffs umbrella in a region that stretches from Asheville, N.C. to Greenville, S.C. Look for Tiger Woods' American course design debut at the new Cliffs at High Carolina in fall of 2011.
Price points: Homes from $700,000; lots from $300,000. 866-435-5123, cliffscommunities.com
Selling points: Six superb Jack Nicklaus courses, five separate clubhouses, personal trainers, planned nature hikes and even an in-house wine store are among the offerings sprinkled among the saguaro cacti of this desert oasis.
Price points: Homes from $900,000; lots from $400,000. 800-255-5519, desertmountain.com
GREENBRIER SPORTING CLUB
White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
Selling points: New owner Jim Justice has hired back all the key people that made this Allegheny Mountain an early smash success, but what hasn't changed is the amazing amenity package that includes the private Tom Fazio-designed Snead course, plus access to its sibling resort's myriad activities.
Price points: Homes from $1.4 million; lots from $500,000. 888-741-8989, greenbriersportingclub.com
Selling points: Blend a Tom Weiskopf private course, access to a neighboring Jack Nicklaus resort course that hosts the season-opening Champions Tour event, Four Seasons amenities, beach and ocean panoramas and flawless weather and you have a success recipe unrivaled in the islands.
Price points: Homes from $3.25 million; lots from $2 million. 808-325-8500, hualalairealty.com
Kiawah Island, S.C.
Selling points: It scarcely seems possible that more than 4,000 residents call Kiawah home, tucked in as they are among 10 miles of beach, 10,000 acres of maritime forest and seven courses, including two that are completely private, Tom Fazio's River and Tom Watson's Cassique.
Price points: Homes from $350,000; lots from $240,000. 843-768-3400, kiawahisland.com
MOUNTAINTOP GOLF & LAKE CLUB
Selling points: "Mayberry, with money," is how some describe this cool Blue Ridge Mountain summer retreat situated at 4,100 feet. All the renowned Discovery Land Company bells and whistles are present, from the gorgeous, stream-slashed Tom Fazio golf course to the distinctive Outdoor Pursuits program.
Price points: Homes from $2 million; lots from $450,000. 828-743-7353, mountaintopgolfclub.com
Selling points: Now five years old, this 21,000-acre tract that edges Hilton Head epitomizes the pinnacle of tasteful, low-density development. Dominated by untouched Lowcountry scenery, the quiet buzz revolves around the Jack Nicklaus-designed May River Club, the low-key Inn at Palmetto Bluff and a waterfront village.
Price points: Homes from $1.05 million; lots from $300,000. 800-501-7405, palmetto-bluff.com
Selling points: Since its 2003 debut, Pronghorn has attracted active lifestyle residents with a solid menu of four-season fun, from skiing at nearby Mt. Bachelor to golf at its Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio courses. Also appealing: Bend's incomparable dry, high-desert summer weather and the town's deep offering of recreation.
Price points: Homes from $950,000 million; lots from $250,000. 800-541-9424, pronghornclub.com
Selling points: Hardly content to stand still, this 10,000-acre property halfway between Atlanta and Augusta features six outstanding courses, including the private Creek Club, a Jim Engh design, with another private course on the way, courtesy of Pete Dye. Already home to tracks by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Bob Cupp, plus a Ritz-Carlton Lodge and 400 miles of shoreline, Reynolds is a prime example of the best getting better.
Price points: Homes from $250,000; lots from $100,000. 800-800-5250, reynoldsplantation.com
SANTA LUCIA PRESERVE
Selling points: They named this place perfectly: only 300 home sites, at a five-acre minimum, were made available on a 20,000-acre parcel high atop a mountain three miles east of Pebble Beach. The balance is mostly nature, though there's also a rolling Tom Fazio layout, an equestrian center and a rambling hacienda-style clubhouse that dates to 1924.
Price points: Homes from $3.5 million; lots from $430,000. 831-620-6762, santaluciapreserve.com