Spanish Oaks, Bee Cave
Low-handicap players testify to the strength of the golf course, which poses a stern test of your long game and all sorts of pop quizzes around the greens. When golf is over, the fun moves to Lake Travis, where the community operates its own ski boat and a catch-and-release fishing camp for grown-ups and kids. Golf: 18 holes (Bobby Weed). Recent Home Listings: $850,000 to $2.5 million. Contact: 877-554-4628, spanishoaks.com.
As complete a club community as you'll find, with quality and originality in every amenity. Vaquero is privately owned by its members and requires an invitation to join. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $10 million. Contact: 817-430-6600, vaqueroclub.com.
Glenwild, Park City
Luxury and privacy conspire mightily in Glenwild's 39,000-square-foot clubhouse, with massive windows exposing the alpine surroundings. The fitness/treatment facility and extensive hiking trails are lifestyle highlights. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.8 million to $4.5 million. Contact: 877-924-9453, glenwild.com.
Promontory, Park City
Talisker, Park City
The Virginian, Bristol
The cohesion between course design, building architecture, landscaping and environment is as graceful as you can find. The bold features of the Tom Fazio course seem to bask in their 538-acre parcel. In the clubhouse, a fireplace towers some forty feet to an arched cathedral ceiling. The tennis, swim and fitness amenities at this private community are all generously designed. Golf: 21 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $475,000 to $3.7 million. Contact: 276-645-7050, thevirginian.com.
Tumble Creek, Cle Elum
Drawn by a 2,600-acre subcontinent of streams and woodland—plus a Tom Doak–designed course—some 150 families have already moved into this three-year-old community within the larger Suncadia project. The golf house and a swim-fitness center were the first two building amenities constructed. The main clubhouse is next on tap. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Doak). Recent Home Listings: $400,000 to $1.2 million. Contact: 800-667-1828, tumblecreek.com.
The Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs
See Top 25. Golf: 72 holes (Tom Fazio; Charles Blair Macdonald/Seth Raynor; Raynor/Jack Nicklaus; Dick Wilson/Bob Cupp). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $6 million. Contact: 888-741-8989, thegreenbriersportingclub.com.
Snake River Sporting Club, Jackson Hole
Buying a home in this 554-acre mountain community enters you in a luxury sports decathlon—events would include golf, skiing, fly-fishing, horseback riding, tennis, whitewater rafting and hiking. Recovery from outdoor exertions will be found in the yoga studio (opening next year in Snake River's fitness center) or in the natural hot springs early fur trappers extolled. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings (lots only): $1.3 million to $1.6 million. Contact: 888-434-7772, snakeriversportingclub.com.