The Rim Golf Club, Payson
Along with the small-town atmosphere, residents find a big-city service culture. Everything from personal grocery shopping to secretarial services can be ordered with a phone call at this Crescent Resources development seventy-five minutes from Scottsdale. Golf: 18 holes (Jay Morrish/Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $2.7 million. Contact: 800-311-5370, therimgolfclub.com.
Seven Canyons, Sedona
Ball-beating rises to a state of aesthetic bliss at this community's Practice Park, set amid red-rock mountainsides and soon to be enhanced by a studio providing on-site club fitting. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $2.5 million to $3.5 million. Contact: 866-694-8844, sevencanyons.com.
Stone Canyon, Oro Valley
Poised at three thousand feet alongside cleft-rock walls and boulder-strewn bumps, the golf course is a visual knockout. A 44,000-square-foot clubhouse is in the works. Golf: 18 holes (Jay Morrish). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $4 million. Contact: 877-219-9100, stonecanyon.com.
Superstition Mountain, Gold Canyon
Plans are set for continued hosting of the LPGA Tour's Safeway event and construction of an expanded sports club (to open in 2009), with space for personal training, spa treatments and a pool. Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $599,000 to $2.5 million. Contact: 877-983-3300.
The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Santa Fe
This is the sort of place where Marvin Hamlisch provides evening entertainment and a cadre of boutique vintners shows up to offer private tastings. Members and culinary staff recently teamed up to build an organic herb garden. Golf: 18 holes (Robert Trent Jones Jr.). Recent Home Listings: $2 million to $7 million. Contact: 858-756-8700, thebridgesrsf.com.
The Crosby At Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Santa Fe
A hushed enclave of tile roofs, white stucco and well-tended palms. A forty-three-residence neighborhood is due to open next year across from the sports club. Golf: 18 holes (Fred Couples/Schmidt-Curley). Recent Home Listings: $1.2 million to $5 million. Contact: 858-759-7220, thecrosby.com.