LAKE LAS VEGAS Henderson Residents live in neighborhoods removed from the multiple-hotel resort areas and still have access to the fine dining, marinas and boutiques. A planned fourth course, by Fazio, now won’t open until the middle of ’08. Golf: 54 holes (Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $900,000 to $30 million. Contact: 800-564-1603 or lakelasvegas.com.
MONTREUX Reno Host site of the PGA Tour’s Reno-Tahoe Open, this ten-year-old community has a soaring 34,000-square-foot private clubhouse with dining rooms, a wine cellar and locker rooms with comfortable lounges. Developed by the Jaksick group, a regional developer. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $900,000 to $4 million. Contact: 775-849-9444 or montreuxgolf.com.
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS Las Vegas Home to Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s last design with an alluring spa, a network of trails and on-site schools, both public and private. Golf: 18 holes (Robert Trent Jones Sr./Robert Trent Jones Jr.). Recent Home Listings: $350,000 to $5 million. Contact: 877-261-1010 or southernhighlands.com.
LAS CAMPANAS Santa Fe A diverse citizenry of "horse-lovers, artists and collectors" as well as golfers. A Lyle Anderson development with two Nicklaus Signature golf courses, an equestrian center, a spa and tennis complex and a hacienda-style clubhouse. Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $665,000 to $9 million. Contact: 800-992-4250 or lascampanas.com.
BALD HEAD ISLAND Bald Head Island Only accessible by boat and divided into seven "environments" (beach, marsh, golf, etc.) along North Carolina’s southernmost barrier island. Developed by the Mitchell family as an upscale but down-to-earth getaway. Golf: 18 holes (George Cobb). Recent Home Listings: $500,000 to $4.2 million. Contact: 800-888-3707 or baldheadisland.com.
JEFFERSON LANDING ON THE NEW RIVER Jefferson A truly slow-paced resort community that still hasn’t converted to member ownership. It’s loaded with galleries and small artist colonies. Hiking, canoeing and fly-fishing rival the golf for popularity. Golf: 18 holes (Larry Nelson). Recent Home Listings: $200,000 to $2.5 million. Contact: 800-292-6274 or jeffersonlandingclub.com.
WADE HAMPTON GC Cashiers Noted Carolina developer W. L. McKee and his sister, Anne McKee Austin took pains to make it first-rate. The resort is a high-camaraderie club in a rustic, understated community. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $4 million. Contact: 828-743-3411 or mckeeproperties.com.
PRONGHORN Bend A new Tom Fazio layout, perhaps his most original ever, joins a demanding Nicklaus course, creating a golf mecca in Bend. Owned by Pronghorn Investors Inc., it includes some fractional property mixed in with the full-ownership homes. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings (lots only): $400,000 to $1.8 million. Contact: 800-541-9424 or pronghornclub.com.
SUNRIVER RESORT Sunriver The community that put Bend on the map has a lived-in ease to it, along with stunning views and skiing at nearby Mount Bachelor. Sunny more than 260 days a year. Golf: 54 holes (Bob Cupp, Fred Federspiel, Robert Trent Jones Jr.). Recent Home Listings: $280,000 to $2 million. Contact: 800-737-1054 or sunriver-resort.com.