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America's Top 100 Golf Communities

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SOUTH CAROLINA

BELFAIR Bluffton True Lowcountry atmosphere among towering, moss-draped oaks. An annual amateur invitational attracts a top national field to the community. World-class golf practice center. The developers are John Reed and Gary Rowe. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $600,000 to $2 million. Contact: 843-757-0701 or belfair1811.com.

BERKELEY HALL Bluffton A striking layout in its collegiate-looking Red Brick architectural theme, it has two highly playable Fazio courses. The developers are the same local team as Belfair, John Reed and Gary Rowe. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $800,000 to $3.3 million. Contact: 843-815-8423 or berkeleyhallclub.com.

THE CLIFFS COMMUNITIES Travelers Rest A golf community of seven developments in a thirty-mile loop near Greenville, with a devotion to quality, aesthetics and personal service. Wellness and lifelong learning are subthemes to the luxury and the excellent golf. Golf: 72 holes (Tom Fazio, Tom Jackson, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Wright), with another Nicklaus course on the way. Recent Home Listings: $650,000 to more than $3.5 million. Contact: 866-435-5123 or cliffscommunities.com.

COLLETON RIVER PLANTATION Bluffton A stimulating salt-and-pepper combination of course styles. Now member-owned, there is a mix of dignity and merriment, with two clubhouses, a stadium tennis center and Augusta-style cottages. The original developers are John Reed and Gary Rowe. Golf: 45 holes (Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $800,000 to $3.9 million. Contact: 800-673-6456 or colletonriver.com.

DANIEL ISLAND PARK Charleston A recent Rees Jones layout added to the golf complement of this town-size development that’s part real estate venture, part social experiment—all highly successful. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio, Rees Jones). Recent Home Listings: $850,000 to $5.8 million. Contact: 800-958-5635 or danielisland.com.

KIAWAH ISLAND Kiawah Island Twenty-one miles from Charleston but brimming with natural wildlife, not to mention golf history, Kiawah is a clear golfer’s delight. Golf: 126 holes (Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Clyde Johnston, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson). Recent Home Listings: $225,000 to $9.8 million. Contact: 888-559-9024 or kiawahisland.com.

LONG COVE CLUB Hilton Head One of the early Hilton Head communities and still one of the most desirable. Along with Pete Dye golf, there are eight tennis courts, a marina with sixty-nine slips and access to the Intracoastal. Golf: 18 holes (Pete Dye). Recent Home Listings: $1.3 million to $5 million. Contact: 843-686-1070 or longcoveclub.org.

PALMETTO BLUFF Bluffton Offsetting its oak-shaded vastness, this Crescent Resources property has two "pedestrian-scale" neighborhoods, including a village center anchored by a swank Auberge inn and spa. A boathouse, equestrian farm and sports campus are under construction. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $965,000 to $2.5 million. Contact: 866-316-5262 or palmetto-bluff.com.

THE RESERVE AT LAKE KEOWEE Sunset A 4,000-acre settlement planned for 1,500 homes to be inhabited by devotees of golf, hiking, boating, fishing, waterskiing and swimming. Greenwood Development, longtime Hilton Head developer, owns and manages. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus), plus 27 holes by Arnold Palmer in the works. Recent Home Listings: $1.3 million to $3 million. Contact: 888-217-8884 or reserveatlakekeowee.com.

SPRING ISLAND Spring Island Historic and still vibrant maritime community where Chaffin/Light and Associates honed its low-impact, high-toned approach. The Old Tabby course here is one of Palmer’s few true greats. Horseback riding, fishing, nature center, boating and a nearby hunting club. Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $4 million. Contact: 843-987-2200 or springisland.com.

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