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CALIFORNIA

BIGHORN Palm Desert A desert mecca with high-profile events. Perks to residents include private jet service and a doctor-in-residence. Originally developed by Westinghouse. Golf: 36 holes (Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.9 million to $7.9 million. Contact: 888-551-5577 or bighorngolf.com.

THE BRIDGES AT RANCHO SANTA FE Rancho Santa Fe Set on 540 acres, this community offers a top-notch concierge and spa services. There’s even a community property in Cabo San Lucas available for rent. Golf: 18 holes (Robert Trent Jones Jr.). Recent Home Listings: $2 million to $7 million. Contact: 858-756-8700 or thebridgesrsf.com.

THE CROSBY AT RANCHO SANTA FE Rancho Santa Fe Planned for 443 residences, all tucked behind a magnificent entrance featuring a 340-foot bridge over the San Dieguito River. Golf: 18 holes (Fred Couples/Schmidt-Curley). Recent Home Listings: $1.2 million to $5 million. Contact: 858-759-7220 or thecrosby.com.

THE HIDEAWAY La Quinta Two fine desert courses here serve a Discovery Land Company community of fewer than five hundred homes. A massive clubhouse with full-service spa, fitness center, dining and a roster of activities. Golf: 36 holes (Clive Clark, Pete Dye). Recent Home Listings: $1.7 million to $4.2 million. Contact: 760-777-7400 or hideawaygolfclub.com.

LAHONTAN Truckee Famed trout-fishing grounds and high-country golf in North Lake Tahoe. Developed by DBM/Highlands Group. Golf: 27 holes (Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $1.6 million to $4.7 million. Contact: 800-582-9919 or lahontanrealty.com.

MAYACAMA Santa Rosa Golf purism (a walking-only course) and upscale oenophilia (wine collections in a club-managed cellar) set this Sonoma County community apart. The developer and principal owner is industry veteran David Wilhelm. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings (lots only): $1 million to $1.5 million. Contact: 866-393-1818 or mayacama.com.

OLD GREENWOOD Truckee Possibilities for home design and size of investment are manifold, with fractional and full-ownership options available. Villa ownership offers low-maintenance luxury as well as membership in Tahoe Mountain Club. Developed by East-West Partners. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $1.2 million to $3.3 million. Contact: 800-754-3070 or oldgreenwood.com.

THE QUARRY La Quinta Villas and Estates alike sidle up to the ten-hole add-on course, crafted in the same visual style Fazio used for the first eighteen. Golf: 28 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $2.1 million to $4.7 million. Contact: 760-777-1100 or quarryinfo.com.

SANTA LUCIA PRESERVE Carmel As environmentally ambitious as a golf development could be, with vast conservation easements, one hundred miles of hiking and horse trails, an eighteen-acre lake and superior culinary experiences. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $3.7 million to $5.5 million. Contact: 877-626-8200 or santaluciapreserve.com.

SANTALUZ San Diego Secluded homesites with large homes, yet the golf course, clubhouse, spa and village green draw residents together. DMB Associates teamed with the U.K.’s Taylor Woodrow. Golf: 18 holes (Rees Jones). Recent Home Listings: $1.2 million to $9 million. Contact: 858-759-3109 or santaluz.com.

SHERWOOD Thousand Oaks Founded by billionaire David Murdock, the layout is impressive, with a championship course plus a new par-three course. Golf: 27 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $3.6 million to $15 million. Contact: 805-373-5992 or sherwoodcc.com.

TEHAMA Carmel Nature-loving abounds at Clint Eastwood’s development in the Carmel uplands with majestic views and just eighty-eight homesites. Golf: 18 holes (Jay Morrish). Recent Home Listings (lots only): $2.4 million to $5 million. Contact: 831-625-2075 or tehamagolfclub.com.

TRADITION La Quinta Eucalyptus trees and ridgelines cosset the place Arnold Palmer makes his Western home. No resort-style amenities or commotion, just golf and good fellowship. Golf: 27 holes (Arnold Palmer). Recent Home Listings: $1.9 million to $6.8 million. Contact: 760-564-3355 or traditiongolfclub.net.

THE VINTAGE CLUB Indian Wells A late-’70s stalwart meticulously managed by its residents, with no tee times and no unaccompanied guests allowed on its two golf courses. There’s also a stadium tennis court. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $895,000 to $26 million. Contact: 760-346-5566 or vintageclubsales.com.

 

COLORADO

CASTLE PINES Castle Rock Two private golf clubs anchor this luxurious hamlet at seven thousand feet, convenient to downtown Denver. Home of the only Stableford-scored tour event, the International. Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $500,000 to $5 million. Contact: 303-688-6000 or castlepinesvillage.com.

RED SKY RANCH Wolcott A former sheep ranch, this Vail-area community is private but does permit outside play from area hotel guests, plus pilgrimages to its David Leadbetter Academy. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio, Greg Norman). Recent Home Listings: $2.8 million to $6 million. Contact: 877-973-3759 or redskyranch.com.

ROARING FORK CLUB Basalt The residences are cabins and suites available as rentals, one-quarter or one-sixth shares. Like at all Chaffin/Light and Associates communities, the environmentally conscious will approve of the golf and trout fishing. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $2.2 million to $2.6 million. Contact: 970-927-9000 or roaringforkclub.com.

REDLANDS MESA Grand Junction Views of the Bookcliff Mountains add to Jim Engh’s bold course—and to the attractive mountain architecture. Developed by Ron Austin, Dave Slemon and C. L. Werner, who is now the sole owner. Golf: 18 holes (Jim Engh), public. Recent Home Listings: $600,000 to $3 million. Contact: 877-501-6372 or redlandsmesa.com.

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