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America’s Top 100 Golf Communities | 2008

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Alabama

Greystone, Birmingham

Junior golfers under the tutelage of resident pro Hank Johnson outplay their parents at a young age. A true golf spirit pervades this leafy and genteel property. Golf: 36 holes (Bob Cupp, Rees Jones). Recent Home Listings: $350,000 to $2 million. Contact: 205-986-5120, greystonecc.com.

Shoal Creek, Shoal Creek

Celebrating thirty years of camaraderie and competition, Shoal Creek is set to host the USGA Junior Amateur in July. Equestrian sports and fishing in stocked ponds are recreational highlights. Golf: 27 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $800,000 to $4.5 million. Contact: 205-991-4653, shoal-creek.com.

Arizona

Blackstone Country Club, Peoria

The highlight of 2007 here was the opening of Blackstone's 30,000-square-foot Hacienda clubhouse. A new hot spot on cool desert nights is an outdoor cantina with flat-screen televisions and fire pits. Youth is well served—lots of kid-friendly programming. The course is one of the finest in the West Valley. Golf: 18 holes (Jim Engh). Recent Home Listings: $450,000 to $2 million. Contact: 800-617-5301, blackstonecountryclub.com.

Desert Highlands, Scottsdale

It's been twenty-five years since developer Lyle Anderson first threw open the gates at this pioneer desert community. About 500 of the original 560 homesites are either built on or are under construction. The culinary program here is serious business, overseen by maestro chef Michael Hoobler. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $995,000 to $8 million. Contact: 480-585-7444, deserthighlandsscottsdale.com.

Desert Mountain, Scottsdale

Ennui is impossible in a community with six separate golf clubs, each with its own theme, from Tuscan to Southwestern. Grass tennis courts complement the golf juggernaut. Golf: 108 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $600,000 to $7.6 million. Contact: 800-322-0044, desertmountain.com.

Estancia, Scottsdale

See Top 25. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.8 million to $8 million. Contact: 480-473-4400, estanciaclub.com.

Forest Highlands, Flagstaff

Other than houseguests asking you to show them the Grand Canyon and old Route 66, life in this gated, piney retreat is hard to beat. Member tournaments and social events fill the season. Golf: 36 holes (Jay Morrish/Tom Weiskopf; Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $595,000 to $3.2 million. Contact: 928-556-8606, dmbrealty.com.

Mirabel, Scottsdale

Golf here is a catered affair. The eighth tee has a chef's station where light snacks, like Reuben quesadillas, are skillfully prepared. On the fourth and thirteenth holes, filet mignon jerky awaits. At eighteen you'll be handed a scented towel, either warm or cool, depending on the season. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $6 million. Contact: 866-647-2235, mirabel.com.

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