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America's Top 100 Golf Communities

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NEVADA

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.

NEW MEXICO

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.

NORTH CAROLINA

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.

OREGON

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.

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