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America's Top 100 Golf Communities

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If you could live anywhere, Where would that be?To help you decide, we present the second annual T+L Golf report on America’s best golf communities.

 

The question of where to invest is daunting. Top-tier communities have proliferated to meet the demand of the many well-heeled baby boom retirees. Caddie programs, multi-season recreation options for all ages and upgraded dining and spa amenities are practically essential. "Pronghorn just hired Fabrice Beaudoin, who trained under Alain Ducasse and Michel Rostang," says David Lott, publisher of GolfCourseHome.net. "Ten years ago no one knew who a golf community’s chef was." Also, a softer housing market makes it hard to buy land in a golf community with the idea of "flipping" the lot, so a property buyer in 2007 should feel a stronger commitment to the development. (Getting in early, when the development is still being defined, can offer the homeowner a more integral role in the community.) So this year we’ve added more information about developers and their visions and track records.

Overall, the list looks similar to last year’s, with a few new additions to the top twenty-five, including Spring Island in South Carolina, Stock Farm in Montana and Three Creek Ranch in Wyoming—the latter two being part of a major trend, that of the golf-home boom taking place in Big Sky Country. Bottom line: All one hundred of these offer the best golf-community living in the country and are fine-looking investments, but the ones claiming the top spots are winning the modern-amenities war.

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