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America’s Top 100 Golf Communities | 2008

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New Mexico

Las Campanas, Santa Fe

The one Sun Belt state not batty about our royal and ancient game redeems itself with a club community that nails the golf amenity and fully covers the Santa Fe curriculum of wellness, arts, culture and aesthetics. Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $665,000 to $9 million. Contact: 800-992-4250, lascampanas.com.

North Carolina

Bald Head Island, Bald Head Island

The amenity that typifies this barrier-island village is the Shoals Club, a white-columned, airy, oceanfront clubhouse and pool/fitness complex added in 2004. Golf: 18 holes (George Cobb). Recent Home Listings: $500,000 to $4.2 million. Contact: 800-804-9826, baldheadisland.com.

Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva

A total of 354 homesites, plus an eighteen-hole Arnold Palmer golf course and other amenity buildings, dot the community's 1,400 buildable acres. The remaining 3,000 acres go into a voluntary conservation easement. Chaffin/Light, inventors of the organic golf community at Spring Island, attract the sort of home buyers who compose rhyming odes to nature for their community newsletter. Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $2.9 million. Contact: 866-452-3456, balsammountainpreserve.com.

Mountaintop, Cashiers

A member's-only lodge affords views of Lake Glenville. At the manorial main clubhouse is a resort-style swimming pool, spa, tennis center and fitness complex. Clubhouse overlooks a golf course doted on by its designer, local resident Tom Fazio. One extra: At a wood-fired oven at the practice facility, members order handmade pizzas to fuel themselves. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $2 million to $4.5 million. Contact: 866-743-7353, mountaintopgolfclub.com.

Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers

See Top 25. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $4 million. Contact: 828-743-3411, mckeeproperties.com.

Oregon

Pronghorn, Bend

See Top 25. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $2.5 million to $3.7 million. Contact: 800-541-9424, pronghornclub.com.

Sunriver Resort, Sunriver

Homeowners at Sunriver are usually longtime lovers of the resort who take the plunge. The Sage Springs Club & Spa, like all Sunriver amenities, retains a high-country ruggedness despite how comfortable it is. Golf: 63 holes (Bob Cupp, Robert Trent Jones Jr.). Recent Home Listings: $280,000 to $2 million. Contact: 800-547-3922, sunriver-resort.com.

South Carolina

Belfair, Bluffton

The two courses here are among the very few Tom Fazio chose to inject with mystery or a sense of the accidental. Looming, lugubrious live oaks must have made him do it. One hour inside Belfair's clubhouse could make you feel like an English lord. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $600,000 to $2 million. Contact: 843-757-0701, belfair1811.com.

Berkeley Hall, Bluffton

Every over-the-top practice facility in American golf owes a little something to the game-improvement theme park built here in 2002. Architecturally, a striking community throughout. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $800,000 to $3.3 million. Contact: 843-815-8423, berkeleyhallclub.com.

The Cliffs Communities, Travelers Rest

See Top 25. Golf: 72 holes (Tom Fazio, Tom Jackson, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Wright). Recent Home Listings: $700,000 to $3.5 million. Contact: 877-254-3371, cliffscommunities.com.

Colleton River Plantation, Bluffton

There are few better places to teach a youngster the game than Colleton River's nine-hole par-three, designed by David Borland and named in his memory after Borland died in a plane crash with Payne Stewart in 1999. A Stan Smith tennis center and deepwater docks enhance the sporting life for residents. Golf: 45 holes (Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, David Borland). Recent Home Listings: $800,000 to $3.9 million. Contact: 800-673-6456, colletonriverclub.com.

Daniel Island Park, Charleston

On Daniel Island's community calendar you'll find boat shows, blues festivals, oyster roasts and antiques fairs. People decide to move to the island in a snap then agonize over which neighborhood they like best—we suggest Daniel Island Park, the golf enclave. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio, Rees Jones). Recent Home Listings: $850,000 to $5.8 million. Contact: 800-958-5635, danielisland.com.

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