Glacier Club, Durango (New)
Whatever you do for activities here—high-altitude golf, tennis on cushioned-surface courts, cardio sessions in the fitness complex—there’s a captivating Southern Rockies view to go with it. The concierge service comes in two varieties: One stocks and chills the pinot gris in your townhome, the other pulls on waders to help with your fly-casting.
Golf: 27 holes (Todd Schroeder, Arthur Hills).
Homes: From $750,000.
Homesites: From $200,000.
Redlands Mesa, Grand Junction
Working in a Western landscape that recalls Tony Soprano’s peyote-induced epiphany, course designer Jim Engh built silky contours that make the surroundings seem all the more jagged. With so many higher-end communities entering their mature stages, this one still holds out some pioneer atmosphere for the golfer buying in.
Golf: 18 holes (Jim Engh).
Homes: From $995,000. Homesites: from $150,000.
Red Sky, Ranch Wolcott
Unlike remote Colorado communities, this one sits fifteen minutes from the slopes of Beaver Creek. A Red Sky home purchase includes membership in the exclusive Bachelor Gulch Club, which brings valet ski services, a members’ lounge and other forms of Ritz-Carlton pampering.
Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio, Greg Norman).
Homes: From $2.7 million.
Homesites: From $535,000.
Roaring Fork Club, Basalt
This golf-and-wilderness community blends upscale luxury with socially progressive ideals more intensively than any other. Its current expansion plan includes a new fitness center, a kid’s camp and, yes, “eight affordable housing units.” Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus).
Homes: From $3.2 million.
Admiral’s Cove, Jupiter (New)
When members moor their yachts and stow their clubs, a garrulous cocktail party starts right up. Lots of gated communities have charitable foundations, but this one pulls together half-million-dollar sums with ease. Winter guests can be billeted in one of the thirty-one guest suites in the club’s sumptuous clubhouse. A fitness center, tennis complex and spa round out the amenities.
Golf: 45 holes (Robert von Hagge).
Homes: From $450,000.
Amelia Island Plantation, Fernandina Beach
Eco-friendly design and sustainable practices were the basis for AIP’s particular karma, although an untamed maritime forest setting and lots of fine golf played their part. For any Amelia Island golfer prone to slamming clubs and uttering curses, one of the resort’s mental-health retreats is a good idea.
Golf: 72 holes (Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Tom Jackson, Bobby Weed).
Homes: From $595,000.
Homesites: From $270,000.
The Bear’s Club, Jupiter
Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs
The good life in Florida can raise fears of insufficient stimulation for some. Here, the residential towers look down on five golf courses playing 140,000 annual rounds, and the activities calendar includes philosophy seminars. The professional staff stars chef Xavier Duclos, who trained in Bordeaux and did stints at La Côte Basque and the Rainbow Room.
Golf: 90 holes (Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills).
Homes: From $816,000.