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America's Top 100 Golf Communities

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GEORGIA

THE FORD PLANTATION Richmond Hill Historic significance is paramount at this burned-by-Sherman, rebuilt-by-Henry Ford retreat. An equestrian center, on-property naturalists, a marina, a hunting preserve, fishing grounds, plus a spa and sports complex. Golf: 18 Holes (Pete Dye). Recent Home Listings: $1.2 million to $5.9 million. Contact: 877-735-8367 or fordplantation.com.

HAWKS RIDGE Ball Ground Bob Cupp’s most tournament-worthy course is now host to a Champions Tour event. Privately developed, non-equity club in remote, rural country north of Atlanta. Homesites range up to fourteen acres in size. Golf: 18 holes (Bob Cupp). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $8 million. Contact: 770-205-6889 or hawksridge.com.

REYNOLDS PLANTATION Greensboro The new members-only Creek Club and its Jim Engh course will give this vacation-y property added distinction. Four other fine layouts, a handsome Ritz-Carlton lodge and miles of Oconee shoreline also appeal. Golf: 99 holes (Jim Engh, Bob Cupp, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $455,000 to $5 million. Contact: 800-800-5250 or reynoldsplantation.com.

SEA ISLAND Sea Island Real estate is big business at this almost eighty-year-old resort complex, but it’s parceled into discrete communities, each with its own environments and motifs, and, as noted, Frederica is at the top of the list. Resident Davis Love III and a nationally acclaimed Learning Center boost the golf prestige. Golf: 54 holes (Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Davis Love III). Recent Home Listings: $1.8 million to $10.6 million. Contact: 800-732-4752 or seaislandproperties.com.

HAWAII

HUALALAI Kona A highly ranked resort and a first-class residential-service program. The Weiskopf course, clubhouse and canoe club are for members only, while the Four Seasons hotel’s sports club and spa are also accessible. Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $3.9 million to $24.9 million. Contact: 808-325-8500 or hualalairesort.com.

KUKI’O Kona A great Hawaiian golf resort without resort guests. Property purchase brings access to a full-service clubhouse, luxurious spa and fitness facilities, dining pavilion, beach bar, a ten-hole Fazio-designed short course and the noted Outdoor Pursuits program offered at all Discovery Land Company communities. Golf: 28 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $3 million to $20 million. Contact: 808-325-4040 or kukio.com.

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