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America’s Top 100 Golf Communities


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Santaluz, San Diego

The sum of the parts at this Spanish colonial–style community is formidable: not just a thirty-five-thousand-square-foot clubhouse (with a resort-quality spa) but a fitness-aquatics complex they call the Hacienda and an eleven-acre town green alongside it. From the people who brought you Silverleaf and Glenwild, among other standouts.
Golf: 18 holes (Rees Jones).
Homes: From $900,000.
Homesites: From $700,000.
Contact: santaluz.com.

Sherwood, Thousand Oaks

An unsung virtue of life in this 1,965-acre community is the opportunity to go sailing, fishing and kayaking on 165-acre Lake Sherwood, which lies fully within the boundaries of the property.
Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus).
Homes: From $2 million.
Homesites: From $950,000.
Contact: sherwoodcc.com.

Stone Eagle, Palm Desert

An ideal course to play when your opponent is loaded with talent but a dumb decision maker (for example, your seventeen-year-old son). All day long, he’ll launch shots that look great in the air but run afoul of Tom Doak’s sly hazards and overpromising landing areas. You can opt for partial ownership here—one of many ways in which Stone Eagle achieves its new-wave take on Palm Springs.
Golf: 19 holes (Tom Doak).
Homes: From $2 million.
Homesites: From $400,000.
Contact: stoneeagleclub.com.

Tehama, Carmel

See Top 25.
Golf: 18 holes (Jay Morrish).
Homesites: From $2.6 million.
Contact: tehamagolfclub.com.

Tradition, La Quinta

See Top 25.
Golf: 27 holes (Arnold Palmer).
Homes: From $2 million.
Homesites: From $600,000.
Contact: traditiongolfclub.net.

The Vintage Club, Indian Wells

A dusky horizon filled with creases, furrows and Santa Rosa peaks soothes the Vintage Clubber’s soul. Because no other architect riffs on the surrounding topography like Tom Fazio, those shapes and shadows echo visually in the greens and fairways of the community’s two excellent golf courses.
Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio).
Homes: From $3.9 million.
Contact: vintageclubsales.com.


Adam’s Rib Ranch, Eagle (New)

New to market with a 7,300-yard course that opened in 2007 and a stone-and-timber clubhouse that followed in ’08. Within months the spa and fitness center is expected to open, followed by an equestrian amenity. Limousine service is provided to the area’s world-class ski areas, and guides can be arranged for white-water rafting and mountain hikes. Homesites range from three-plus acres to forty acres.
Golf: 18 holes (Tom Weiskopf).
Homes: From $3.7 million.
Homesites: From $900,000.
Contact: adamsribranch.com.

Cornerstone, Montrose (New)

See Top 25

Golf: 18 holes (Greg Norman).
Homesites: From $300,000.
Contact: cornerstonecolorado.com.


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