AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION Amelia Island The resort-community experience with resort-size amenities—twenty-three pools. Homeowners can obtain membership to the Amelia Island Club for a more country-club atmosphere. Golf: 72 holes (Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Tom Jackson, Bobby Weed). Recent Home Listings: $650,000 to $3 million. Contact: 888-261-6161 or aipfl.com.
BAY HILL Orlando Arnold Palmer’s Florida course and host of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Resort amenities include a seventy-room lodge, marina, spa, salon, fitness and tennis. Golf: 27 holes (Dick Wilson, redesigned in 1989 by Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay). Recent Home Listings: $500,000 to $3.5 million. Contact: 888-422-9445 or bayhill.com.
THE BEAR’S CLUB Jupiter Secluded on four hundred lush acres, there are sixty-eight estate-size residences plus a few dozen handsome golf villas and cottages. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $2.5 million to $7.5 million. Contact: 561-626-2327 or thebearsclub.com.
BONITA BAY Bonita Springs Luxury megaplex with five championship courses, three waterfront parks, a private beach park, tennis center, fitness center and marina with Gulf of Mexico access. Golf: 90 holes (Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills). Recent Home Listings: $800,000 to $3.1 million. Contact: 800-277-4119 or bonitabay.com.
THE CONCESSION GC & RESIDENCES Bradenton Tony Jacklin’s daily presence lends gravitas to the course he co-designed with Jack Nicklaus. Traditional caddie program is in place, and renowned restaurateur Sean Murphy has signed on. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $2.5 million to $4 million. Contact: 866-951-6484 or theconcession.com.
THE ESTATES AT BAY COLONY GC Naples Located in North Naples, homeowners receive membership in the attractive Bay Colony beach and tennis club with a private two-mile beach. Developer is NYSE-listed WCI Communities. Golf: 18 holes (Robert von Hagge). Recent Home Listings: $3.3 million to $7 million. Contact: 239-592-9515 or theestatesatbaycolonygolfclub.com.
THE FOUNDERS CLUB Sarasota Just 262 homes are planned for this 700-acre site. Amenities include tennis courts, a fitness facility, outdoor recreation center, massage-therapy rooms and formal and informal dining in the 24,000-square-foot Golf Hall clubhouse. Developer is U.S. Assets Group and the Starling Companies. Golf: 18 holes (Robert Trent Jones Jr.). Recent Home Listings: $1.2 million to $5.8 million. Contact: 941-378-0900 or thefoundersclub.com.
FRENCHMAN’S RESERVE Palm Beach Gardens Along with the golf course and clubhouse, amenities at this Toll Brothers community include a spa and fitness center, multiple dining options, swimming and tennis centers. On-property guest suites are available for visitors. Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $5 million. Contact: 561-799-5660 or frenchmansreserve.com.
GREY OAKS Naples Nurtured along by original owner Juliet Collier Sproul, custom homes surround three pleasant courses. The plantings alone are worth a visit. Golf: 54 holes (Bob Cupp, Lloyd Clifton/Ken Ezell/George Clifton). Recent Home Listings: $895,000 to $5 million. Contact: 800-294-2426 or greyoaks.com.
ISLEWORTH Orlando Luxuries abound, including an 82,000-square-foot clubhouse and wellness center, in-home massage services and exhibitions by Sotheby’s. Owned by Tavistock Group. Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay, redesigned in 2003 by Steve Smyers). Recent Home Listings: $2 million to $12 million. Contact: 407-876-0111 or isleworth.com.
JOHN’S ISLAND Vero Beach Old-school yet undeniably still exquisite. Two waterside Dye courses plus Fazio’s super West course inland. Managed by the property owners. Golf: 54 holes (Pete Dye, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $259,000 to $13 million. Contact: 772-231-0900 or johnsislandrealestate.com.
LAKE NONA Orlando Built around more than a thousand acres of lakes, boating and fishing are dominant; however, a full fitness facility and a championship course also command respect. Owned by the Tavistock Group and home to some Tour players. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $900,000 to $8 million. Contact: 407-851-9091 or lakenona.com.
THE LOXAHATCHEE CLUB Jupiter Made a stirring debut in the 1980s. Setting is 340 acres with seventy-plus acres of freshwater lakes. Currently member-owned and -managed. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $535,000 to $3 million. Contact: 561-747-5990 or loxahatcheeclubrealty.com.
THE MEDALIST GOLF CLUB Hobe Sound The course is an award-winning 1995 collaboration of Greg Norman and Pete Dye. Norman, a part-time Medalist resident, later crafted a par-three course. Residences are large-lot custom estates—just 109 of them. Golf: 30 holes (Pete Dye/Greg Norman, Greg Norman). Recent Home Listings: $1.9 million to $4.2 million. Contact: 772-545-9700 or medalistgolfclub.org.
MEDITERRA Naples Along with the golf, amenities consist of a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse, private beach clubs, formal and casual dining, plus a sports club and a lakeside performance pavilion. Developer is Bonita Bay Group. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $600,000 to $7.8 million. Contact: 877-949-8989 or mediterra-naples.com.
MIRASOL Palm Beach Gardens Large-scale development with the golf and fitness facilities to match. Former host of the PGA Tour’s annual Honda Classic. Taylor Woodrow, a U.K. home-building giant, is the developer. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills). Recent Home Listings: $800,000 to more than $4 million. Contact: 800-578-4544 or mirasolclub.com.
OLD MARSH Palm Beach Gardens A true golf-centric enclave where Pete Dye’s routing is still celebrated and the greens roll slick and true. One of the first to emphasize environmental stewardship. Not yet converted to homeowners association. Golf: 18 holes (Pete Dye). Recent Home Listings: $995,000 to $3.7 million. Contact: 561-627-4605 or oldmarshgolf.com.
OLD PALM GOLF CLUB Palm Beach Gardens Home base for Raymond Floyd, course designer and community ambassador. Anchored by an ornate, 43,000-square-foot clubhouse and a thirty-three-acre golf studio with state-of-the-art technology. Golf: 22 holes (Raymond Floyd). Recent Home Listings: $1.7 million to $8 million. Contact: 866-499-6742 or oldpalmgolf.com.
ORCHID ISLAND GOLF & BEACH CLUB Vero Beach The homes and club buildings have a West Indies look, and there is a private beach to go with it. Canadian developer Torwest plans to turn the entire property over to the HOA next year. Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer). Recent Home Listings: $1.1 million to $13 million. Contact: 772-388-2350 or orchidislandgolfandbeachclub.com.
TESORO Port St. Lucie This Ginn Company community is expanding at a good clip, with a Tom Watson-designed course nearly completed and a swim/racquet club set to open. Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $5 million. Contact: 888-297-3339 or tesoroclub.com.
TUSCANY RESERVE Naples Italian cypress trees line the streets at this new community. The 34,000-square-foot clubhouse is set to open in 2008, while residents now enjoy pampering at home with a full-service concierge. Tee-times are not needed at this WCI Communities project. Golf: 18 holes (Pete Dye/Greg Norman). Recent Home Listings: $690,000 to $4 million. Contact: 800-924-4005 or tuscanyreserve.com.
TWINEAGLES Naples This 1,115-acre community is developed by Bonita Bay Group and offers the spectrum from attached coach homes to grand estates. Two golf courses, fitness center and tennis. Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player). Recent Home Listings: $380,000 to $6.6 million. Contact: 888-403-0085 or twineagles.com.
WINDSOR Vero Beach Perhaps the most intensely New Urbanist golf community ever built and very upscale thanks to founder Galen Weston. Choice of pursuits for residents includes equestrian sports, a beach club, a gun club, even a community art gallery run by Weston’s daughter. Golf: 18 holes (Robert Trent Jones Jr.). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $16.5 million. Contact: 800-233-7656 or windsorflorida.com.