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America's Top 100 Golf Communities

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America's Top 100 Golf Communities

ALABAMA

Greystone Birmingham A former Champions Tour site, Greystone has spacious estates, a top practice facility and the 2004 PGA National Instructor of the Year. Golf: 36 holes (Bob Cupp, Rees Jones). Recent Home Listings: $400,000 to $2 million. Contact: 205-986-5120 or greystonecc.com.

Shoal Creek Shoal Creek One of the first true golf communities, it has hosted two PGA Championships and one U.S. Amateur. Extensive equestrian facilities. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $770,000 to $5.3 million. Contact: 205-991-4653 or shoal-creek.com.

ARIZONA

Blackstone at Vistancia Peoria Poolside cabanas and private-resort feel make playing in Peoria a luxurious experience. Golf: 18 holes (Jim Engh). Recent Home Listings: $800,000 to more than $3 million. Contact: 800-617-5301 or blackstonecountryclub.com.

DC Ranch Scottsdale Great golf plus a $20 million clubhouse and loads of family activities. Golf: 18 holes (Scott Miller, redesigned in 2002 by Tom Lehman/John Fought). Recent Home Listings: $370,000 to $4.5 million. Contact: 480-502-2725 or dcranch.com.

Desert Highlands Scottsdale Home to the original Skins Game, it established northern Scottsdale as a luxury golf mecca. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $900,000 to $4 million. Contact: 480-419-3745 or deserthighlandsscottsdale.com.

Desert Mountain Scottsdale This enormous community borders the Tonto National Forest and includes six golf courses, nine miles of hiking and biking trails, a spa and concierge services. Golf: 108 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $7 million. Contact: 800-255-5519 or desertmountain.com.

(7) Estancia Scottsdale In addition to the great Fazio course, Estancia has a wine cellar, a fitness center with massage rooms and a European-style clubhouse. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $2.5 million to $9 million. Contact: 480-473-4400 or estanciaclub.com.

Forest Highlands Flagstaff Two superior 18-hole courses and an 18-hole putting course, plus a fully stocked fishing pond and extensive hiking paths—all at 7,000 feet above sea level. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish, Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $699,000 to $3.1 million. Contact: 928-556-8606 or foresthighlandsrealty.com.

The Gallery Marana One of the area's newest communities, the Gallery features a large sports club with basketball and volleyball courts, Olympic-size pool and fitness center. Golf: 36 holes (John Fought/Tom Lehman, Fought). Recent Home Listings (lots only): $400,000 to $1 million. Contact: 888-437-4800 or gallerygolf.com.

(25) Mirabel Scottsdale With a full-service luxury spa and fitness center and an outdoor-activities concierge. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $8 million. Contact: 866-647-2235 or mirabel.com.

Quintero Golf & Country Club Peoria The highly ranked Founder's course by Rees Jones will soon be joined by Greg Norman's Charter course. Golf: 18 holes (Rees Jones). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $2 million. Contact: 888-417-8468 or quinterogolf.com.

Rim Golf Club Payson At 5,000 feet above sea level, this 555-acre aerie has only 326 homesites. World-class golf, surrounded by national forest, ninety minutes from Scottsdale. Golf: 18 holes (Jay Morrish/Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $1.3 million to $3.5 million. Contact: 800-311-5370 or therimgolfclub.com.

Seven Canyons Sedona A new 200-acre development in the middle of 100,000 acres of protected forest and red-rock crags. The course could not be more gorgeous. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $2.9 to $3.5 million. Contact: 866-367-8844 or sevencanyons.com.

(19) Silverleaf Scottsdale Panoramic vistas, desert sunsets and a super spa. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings (lots only): $1.5 million to $5 million. Contact: 480-502-6902 or silverleaf.com.

Stone Canyon Oro Valley The course, north of Tucson, winds through a cactus forest. On-staff exercise physiologists, massage therapists and chiropractors. Golf: 18 holes (Jay Morrish). Recent Home Listings: $1.4 million to $4 million. Contact: 877-219-9100 or stonecanyon.com.

Superstition Phoenix The 3,500-square-foot sports club has lap pools, spa treatments and kids' activities. Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus, Gary Nicklaus/Jack Nicklaus Jr.). Recent Home Listings: $550,000 to $1 million. Contact: 888-846-4801 or superstitionmountain.com.

CALIFORNIA

(21) Bighorn Palm Desert With a full slate of family social events and the annual LPGA Samsung World Challenge, there's never a dull moment. Golf: 36 holes (Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $2 million to $13 million. Contact: 888-551-5577 or bighorngolf.com.

(18) The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe Rancho Santa Fe On 540 acres, this community includes a day spa and an extensive sports and fitness center. Golf: 18 holes (Robert Trent Jones Jr.). Recent Home Listings: $2.8 million to $4 million. Contact: 858-756-8700 or thebridgesrsf.com.

The Crosby Rancho Santa Fe North of San Diego, with an impressive aquatic center. Golf: 18 holes (Fred Couples). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $5 million. Contact: 858-759-7220 or thecrosby.com.

The Hideaway La Quinta Elite community with Spanish-style villas and homes and impeccable golf. Golf: 36 holes (Clive Clark, Pete Dye). Recent Home Listings: $2.8 million to $6 million. Contact: 760-777-7400 or hideawaygolfclub.com.

Lahontan Truckee Tall timber, high-country golf in the North Lake Tahoe area, clay-court tennis, fishing and great food. Golf: 27 holes (Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $1.8 million to $4.5 million. Contact: 800-582-9919 or lahontanrealty.com.

(5) Mayacama Santa Rosa Amenities include an underground wine grotto with private wine lockers for members and a racquet and swim club. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings (lots only): $1 million to $1.5 million. Contact: 866-393-1818 or mayacama.com.

The Quarry La Quinta Great Fazio course moves through three different elevations, plus a 10-hole short course in the new villa development. Golf: 28 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.6 million to $5 million. Contact: 760-777-1100 or quarryinfo.com.

(1) Santa Lucia Preserve Carmel With 100 miles of hiking trails, an eighteen-acre lake, frequent planned activities and over-the-top food. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings (lots only): $1 million to $4 million. Contact: 831-626-8200 or santaluciapreserve.com.

Santaluz San Diego Along with a stellar golf course noted for its views, residents enjoy a spa, a village green and miles of hiking and biking trails. Golf: 18 holes (Rees Jones). Recent Home Listings: $1.2 million to $3.1 million. Contact: 858-759-3109 or santaluz.com.

Sherwood Thousand Oaks This family-oriented community is a familiar host to off-season tournaments. A new Nicklaus par-three course will open this spring. Golf: 18 holes (Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $3.6 million to $15 million. Contact: 805-373-5992 or sherwoodcc.com.

Tehama Carmel Go ahead, make my community. Clint Eastwood's 88-homesite oasis spans 2,000 acres—85 percent of which will be preserved. Golf: 18 holes (Jay Morrish). Recent Home Listings (lots only): $2 million to $6 million. Contact: 831-625-2075 or tehamagolfclub.com.

Tradition Golf Club La Quinta Arnold Palmer's desert home course is the centerpiece of this tight-knit, much-beloved community. Golf: 27 holes (Arnold Palmer). Recent Home Listings: $2.5 million to $7 million. Contact: 760-564-3355 or traditiongolfclub.net.

(12) The Vintage Club Indian Wells A retreat for the rich and powerful. A stadium tennis court that seats more than 1,000 people is used for Pro-Am tournaments. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $895,000 to $8.5 million. Contact: 760-340-0500.

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