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America’s Top 100 Golf Communities

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Oldfield, Okatie

Despite its unplugged, folky feel, Oldfield can match amenities with anybody. The club’s “river pro” recently helped some guests reel in a 145-pound giant tarpon. Oldfield staff are working with marine biologists on a genetic study of the species.
Golf: 18 holes (Greg Norman).
Homes: From $625,000.
Homesites: From $135,000.
Contact: oldfield1732.com.

Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton

See Top 25.
Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus).
Homes: From $1.2 million.
Homesites: From $300,000.
Contact: palmetto-bluff.com.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Sunset

Folk concerts, blues-guitar jams, oil-painting workshops and sculpture exhibits at the on-site art gallery enliven daily life here. Plans for a new Arnold Palmer–designed course, previously announced, are on hold.
Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus).
Homes: From $970,000.
Homesites: From $200,000.
Contact: reserveatlakekeowee.com.

Spring Island, Okatie

See Top 25.
Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer).
Homes: From $650,000.
Homesites: From $250,000.
Contact: springisland.com.

Texas

Barton Creek, Austin

A spellbinding spa and a newly revamped salon and boutique ease the strain of modern life. The golf program—which includes Chuck Cook’s custom instruction offerings—makes Barton Creek a Texas mecca for players of every stripe.
Golf: 72 holes (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer).
Homes: From $600,000.
Homesites: From $300,000.
Contact: bartoncreekliving.com.

Spanish Oaks, Bee Cave

Unless you are wild for ice fishing, there may be no amusement you lack at Spanish Oaks. Nearby Austin covers the stimulations of dining, shopping, exploring and music-clubbing. Back at the Oaks, it’s a regimen of golf, spa treatments, fitness workouts and fishing derbies with the small fry.
Golf: 18 holes (Bobby Weed).
Homes: From $1.5 million.
Homesites: From $300,000.
Contact: spanishoaks.com.

Vaquero, Westlake

The physical setting is a bit Metroplex-y, but service and “programming” are excellent. The golf course is difficult but pleasantly walkable, and caddies are there for the asking. Equity memberships make the investment that much more blue-chip.
Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio).
Homes: From $1.3 million.
Homesites: From $180,000.
Contact: vaqueroclub.com.

Utah

Glenwild, Park City

Glenwild’s golf club, spa and dining would be considered superior at a community several times its size. “Core” golf spilling across the landscape, a thirty-nine-thousand-square-foot clubhouse with refined touches and the stimulation of Sundance-town just down the road.
Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio).
Homes: From $2 million.
Homesites: From $425,000.
Contact: glenwild.com.

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