Southern Highlands, Las Vegas
You can dislike the Vegas Strip when it’s up close yet revel in nighttime views of it from this sheltered retreat. Further lowering the blood pressure are gel peels and stone massages in the community’s thirteen-thousand-square-foot spa. Membership in the golf club is by invitation only and limited to three hundred and sixty.
Golf: 18 holes (Robert Trent Jones Sr./Robert Trent Jones Jr.).
Homes: From $650,000.
Las Campanas, Santa Fe
There are hundreds of fine golf communities in which to build a custom home, but this is surely the finest place to decorate it. Artisans, artists, galleries, studios and even the swap shops promise a wealth of objects and ideas. New at Las Campanas is a branded enclave called Las Terrazas, designed to be artful and walkable, with home designs built around private central courtyards.
Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus).
Homes: From $650,000.
Homesites: From $185,000.
Bald Head Island, Bald Head Island
Occupying a complex ecosystem and pursuing a simple, good-old-summertime lifestyle—that’s the BHI story in a nutshell. When gas hit four dollars a gallon, this no-private-autos island ran a getaway promotion that basically paid your ferry crossing.
Golf: 18 holes (George Cobb).
Homes: From $300,00.
Homesites: From $200,000.
Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva
A build-out total of three hundred and fifty-four homes on over four thousand acres—what else would you expect from Chaffin/Light Associates. It’s a good thing mountain air is invigorating, otherwise the equestrian trails, golf course, lap pool, tennis center and fitness complex at Balsam Mountain might not get the use they deserve.
Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer).
Homes: From $1.2 million.
Homesites: From $375,00.
Fairways are tightly striped and the clubhouse walls are richly paneled at this Discovery Land Company project. Being a DLC property, it offers concierge treatment (fridge stocking, party planning) and its trademark Outdoor Pursuits. There’s a separate clubhouse and seven-acre encampment on nearby Lake Glenville.
Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio).
Homes: From $2.1 million.
Homesites: From $500,000.
Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver
Fred Funk outwitted the low-slung hazards of Bob Cupp’s Crosswater course to win the 2008 Jeld-Wen Tradition on the Champions Tour. If you lack Funk’s shotmaking skill, consider a four-day immersion at the resort’s Golf Academy, which includes a fitness-for-golf component that may get to the root of many a problem.
Golf: 63 holes (Bob Cupp, John Fought, Robert Trent Jones Jr.).
Homes: From $270,000.
Homesites: From $300,000.
An avenue of moss-clouded storybook oaks serves as proscenium for this eleven-hundred-acre community. Yes, it’s seductive, but nobody buys property in Belfair and wonders why later. Every amenity is top-rank and the natural environment is dense with Lowcountry flora and fauna.
Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio).
Homes: From $500,000.
Homesites: From $100,000.