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America’s Top 100 Golf Communities

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The Concession, Bradenton

Construction is under way on the community’s main golf clubhouse, with decor and finishes by the noted designers Adrienne Vittadini and Pamela Hughes. A Sports Clubhouse loaded with equipment and facilities for tennis, swimming and fitness is also in the pipeline.
Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus).
Homes: From $2 million.
Homesites: From $495,000.
Contact: theconcession.com.

Fiddler’s Creek, Naples

A lush, lovely community with a track record of announcing ambitious projects then completing them on or close to schedule. The latest addition is a dry-boat storage building at the community’s Tarpon Club Marina, located on Isles of Capri. Furnished model homes in the single-family neighborhood of Millbrook are newly opened for touring.
Golf: 18 holes (Arthur Hills).
Homes: From $500,000
Contact: fiddlerscreek.com.

The Founders Club, Sarasota

A tradition-minded community named for a golf-loving Scotsman who nearly perished cutting trails through the Florida jungle a century ago. In a modern-day trailblazing move, Founders Club has created a showcase program that permits unchaperoned open-house touring by qualified prospects. The concept is credited with sharply boosting property sales.
Golf: 18 holes (Robert Trent Jones Jr.).
Homes: From $900,000.
Homesites: From $300,000.
Contact: thefoundersclub.com.

Grey Oaks, Naples

Wealth and refined sensibilities don’t always go together. At Grey Oaks, with its original bronze sculptures and its Maybach sedans parked on display, the combination reigns. Amid what sometimes seemed like an ongoing Naples Land Rush, this has remained an unhurried masterpiece of a project.
Golf: 54 holes (Bob Cupp, Lloyd Clifton/Ken Ezell/George Clifton).
Homes: From $2.5 million.
Homesites: From $900,000.
Contact: greyoaks.com.

Isleworth, Windermere

See Top 25.
Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay, redesigned in 2003 by Steve Smyers).
Homes: From $1.5 million.
Contact: isleworth.com.

John’s Island, Vero Beach

A grand opening was held in November for the new John’s Island, Beach Club, a shorefront über-amenity dedicated to swimming, dining and socializing. The entire building can be shuttered up and air-conditioned or left wide open to the Atlantic breezes.
Golf: 54 holes (Pete Dye, Tom Fazio).
Homes: From $1.9 million.
Contact: johnsislandrealestate.com.

Lake Nona, Orlando

Tom Fazio was given a lot of freedom to rout his golf course through a select land parcel in this sylvan central Florida enclave, and the finished product shows it. The owner, Joe Lewis, is now developing several thousand acres in the Lake Nona region, which will make it downright citified.
Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio).
Homes: From $1 million.
Homesites: From $725,000.
Contact: lakenona.com.

The Loxahatchee Club, Jupiter

Caddies in white coveralls, the website ending in “dot org,” a Club Leaders Forum award—it all paints an ivy-cloaked picture of gentility in civilized Jupiter. There is still a handful of homesites you can purchase and build on.
Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus).
Homes: From $415,000.
Homesites: From $335,000.
Contact: theloxahatcheeclub.org.

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