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America’s Top 100 Golf Communities

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The Medalist Golf Club, Hobe Sound

A masculine sensibility pervades the club and its decor, but there is universal appeal to the Medalist Village Club and Spa, a massage mecca with a par-three course, a tennis center and the Aussie Pub.
Golf: 30 holes (Pete Dye/Greg Norman, Greg Norman).
Homes: From $1.9 million.
Homesites: From $500,000.
Contact: medalistgolfclub.org.

Mediterra, Naples

Not content to rest on its laurels, Mediterra remodeled its Sports Club, doubling the square footage with added fitness space plus a new salon and spa treatment rooms. Along with fashionable dining spaces, it offers a medieval-themed stargazing pavilion and golf courses that earn the highest Audubon Sanctuary status.
Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio).
Homes: From $700,000.
Homesites: From $300,000.
Contact: mediterranaples.com.

Mirasol, Palm Beach Gardens

There’s plenty of space inside the Mirasol gates for lavish amenities, twenty-five villages and curving landscaped roads that connect it all together. Not the sort of community to have a raptor center and nerdy naturalists wandering about—but you’ll have no trouble getting your tux pressed.
Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills).
Homes: From $800,000.
Contact: mirasolclub.com.

Old Marsh, Palm Beach Gardens

At its founding in 1984, Old Marsh sent for a St. Andrews eminence, Laurie Auchterlonie (son and nephew of major championship winners), to serve as its honorary professional. They hired Pete Dye to design the course and encouraged him to include some Auld Sod oddities.
Golf: 18 holes (Pete Dye).
Homes: From $1.7 million.
Homesites: From $500,000.
Contact: oldmarshgolf.com.

Old Palm Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens

Colonnades, mosaic tile, archways and decorative fountains seduce the eye at this five-year-old enclave. Raymond Floyd is the course designer and a club ambassador. Despite Floyd’s influence, the instructors at the thirty-three-acre Golf Studio do not teach a laid-off club position at the top. WCI Communities, developer of Old Palm, is in bankruptcy.
Golf: 22 holes (Raymond Floyd).
Homes: From $1.7 million.
Homesites: From $1.3 million.
Contact: oldpalmgolf.com.

TwinEagles, Naples

The clubhouse at TwinEagles is vast by necessity, but the atmosphere is still warm and “golfy.” A departed Champions Tour event proved the golf here to be tournament-worthy—while the actual hassle of hosting it is no longer a factor.
Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player).
Homes: From $200,000.
Contact: twineagles.com.

Windsor, Vero Beach

See Top 25.
Golf: 18 holes (Robert Trent Jones Jr.).
Homes: From $1.4 million.
Homesites: From $300,000.
Contact: windsorflorida.com.

Georgia

The Ford Plantation, Richmond Hill

Amid the excellence of our hundred communities, there are very few you could call “timeless.” The ancient-looking fields and creeks of Ford Plantation fit that description. A deepwater marina and a paddock-view neighborhood appeal to boaters and riders.
Golf: 18 holes (Pete Dye).
Homes: From $1 million.
Homesites: From $850,000.
Contact: fordplantation.com.

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