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