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America's Top 100 Golf Communities

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ALABAMA

GREYSTONE Birmingham This former Champions Tour site features grand estates and a genteel atmosphere, plus a top practice facility. Developed by the Daniel Corporation and home to some of its principals. Due for equity conversion in 2010. Golf: 36 holes (Bob Cupp, Rees Jones). Recent Home Listings: $300,000 to $1.2 million. Contact: 205-986-5120 or greystonecc.com.

SHOAL CREEK Shoal Creek Nearing its thirtieth year, there are still some unbuilt lots here, but having hosted PGA Championships, Shoal Creek’s golf legacy is secure. Extensive equestrian facilities. Golf: 27 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $595,000 to $5.3 million. Contact: 205-991-4653 or shoal-creek.com.

ARIZONA

BLACKSTONE CC AT VISTANCIA Peoria Home to the golf course many consider the jewel of the West Valley. Poolside cabanas and private-resort feel add luxury. A joint venture of Sunbelt Holdings and Shea Homes, the largest privately held home builder in the United States. Golf: 18 holes (Jim Engh). Recent Home Listings: $700,000 to $2 million. Contact: 800-617-5301 or blackstonecountryclub.com.

DC RANCH Scottsdale Panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains combine with first-class management by DMB Associates. Active community is centered on $20 million clubhouse. Home­owners association (HOA) will be established in 2007-08. Golf: 18 holes (Scott Miller, redesigned in 2002 by Tom Lehman/John Fought). Recent Home Listings: $750,000 to $4.9 million. Contact: 480-502-2725 or dcranch.com.

DESERT HIGHLANDS Scottsdale Famed 850-acre community that merged the Jack Nicklaus and Lyle Anderson brand names. Fitness center, manicured gardens and desert-style architecture. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $995,000 to $11 million. Contact: 480-585-7444 or deserthighlandsscottsdale.com.

DESERT MOUNTAIN Scottsdale This vast Lyle Anderson community borders a national forest and includes six golf courses, nine miles of hiking trails, a spa and concierge services. Golf: 108 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $600,000 to $7.9 million. Contact: 800-255-5519 or desertmountain.com.

ESTANCIA Scottsdale Plenty of elbow room between homes, plus luxury amenities including a wine cellar, a fitness center with massage rooms and an ornate clubhouse. Developed by Discovery Land Company, the community is now member-owned. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.8 million to $7.6 million. Contact: 480-473-4405 or estanciaclub.com.

FOREST HIGHLANDS Flagstaff Bentgrass greens helped attract the 2006 USGA Mid-Amateur. Two superior courses in addition to an eighteen-hole putting course, plus fishing and hiking. Member-owned. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish; Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $695,000 to $2.9 million. Contact: 928-556-8606 or dmbrealty.com.

THE GALLERY Marana The MacMillan family owns and dotes on this Tucson hideaway that will host the WGC Match Play Championship in 2007. Golf: 36 holes (John Fought/Tom Lehman, Fought). Recent Home Listings (lots only): $400,000 to $1 million. Contact: 888-437-4800 or gallerygolf.com.

MIRABEL Scottsdale Stacked-stone interiors and cantilevered overhangs lend a Frank Lloyd Wright sophistication here. An award-winning spa and fitness center. A Discovery Land Company property, awaiting turnover to members. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $4.3 million. Contact: 866-647-2235 or mirabel.com.

THE RIM GOLF CLUB Payson Wind-sculpted pines line the fairways of the Rim’s lauded golf course. This 555-acre village has 326 homesites and a small-town atmosphere. A Crescent Resources development, ninety minutes from Scotts­- dale. Golf: 18 holes (Jay Morrish/Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $2.7 million. Contact: 800-311-5370 or therimgolfclub.com.

SEVEN CANYONS Sedona A visually astounding landscape surrounds developer David Cavan’s foray into the golf-community niche. His daughter oversaw interior design of the villas, with stunning results. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $2.5 million to $3.5 million. Contact: 866-367-8844 or sevencanyons.com.

SILVERLEAF Scottsdale An exclusive enclave within fellow Top 100 community DC Ranch. Panoramic vistas, desert sunsets and a superb spa. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $10 million. Contact: 480-502-6902 or silverleaf.com.

STONE CANYON Oro Valley Swarming with saguaro, wellness is the central theme here, with a staff of fitness trainers and therapists. Developed by a team led by the Wolfswinkel family. Golf: 18 holes (Jay Morrish). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $4 million. Contact: 877-219-9100 or stonecanyon.com.

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN Phoenix A Lyle Anderson community and host to LPGA Tour and Champions Tour events. Its sports club offers spa treatments and a resort-size pool. Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $599,000 to $2.5 million. Contact: 877-983-3300 or superstitionmountain.com.

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