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America's Top 100 Golf Communities

COLORADO

Castle Pines Castle Rock The home of the International is 7,000 feet above sea level, with views stretching for 150 miles. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $400,000 to $7 million. Contact: 303-688-6022 or castlepinesgolfclub.com.

Red Sky Ranch Wolcott Twenty-five minutes west of Vail, it has a David Leadbetter golf academy and a wraparound deck at the clubhouse for sunset viewing. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio, Greg Norman). Recent Home Listings: $1.8 million to $7 million. Contact: 877-973-3759 or redskyranch.com.

Roaring Fork Club Basalt Located near Aspen, the summertime focus is on golf, fishing and camp for the kids. Cross-country skiing in winter. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $1.9 million to $2.8 million. Contact: 970-927-9000 or roaringforkclub.com.

Redlands Mesa Grand Junction Exemplar of the "new" West. Area jazz festivals and wines add to the ambience. Golf: 18 holes (Jim Engh). Recent Home Listings: $550,000 to $3 million. Contact: 877-501-6372 or redlandsmesa.com.

FLORIDA

Amelia Island Plantation Amelia Island An island of golf with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and marshland on the other. Golf: 72 holes (Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Tom Jackson, Bobby Weed). Recent Home Listings: $625,000 to $4.5 million. Contact: 888-261-6161 or aipfl.com.

Bay Hill Orlando Arnold's home course in Florida, host of the Bay Hill Invitational. Marina, spa, salon, fitness and tennis. Golf: 27 holes (Dick Wilson, redesigned in 1980 by Arnold Palmer). Recent Home Listings: $400,000 to $2.5 million. Contact: 888-422-9445 or bayhill.com.

The Bear's Club Jupiter Palm Beach's ritzy Worth Avenue shops are just minutes away. With a vast Tuscan-style clubhouse. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $6 million to $18 million. Contact: 561-626-2327 or thebearsclub.com.

Bonita Bay Bonita Springs Huge development with five private courses, a private beach club and 12 miles of bike trails. Golf: 90 holes (Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills). Recent Home Listings: $3 million to $5.6 million. Contact: 888-875-8782 or bonitabay.com.

The Estates at Bay Colony Pelican Marsh In a top area of Naples, with only 76 homesites on 280 acres. Nearby private beach club. Golf: 18 holes (Robert Von Hagge). Recent Home Listings: $3 million to $12 million. Contact: 239-592-9515 or theestatesatbaycolonygolfclub.com.

Frenchman's Reserve Palm Beach Gardens Mediterranean-style mansions harken back to the Palm Beach of the 1920s. Plus a top Palmer layout. Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $5 million. Contact: 561-799-5660 or frenchmansreserve.com.

Grey Oaks Naples Elegant, established enclave in the heart of Naples, with an 18-hole putting course and two clubhouses. Golf: 54 holes (Bob Cupp, Lloyd Clifton/Ken Ezell/George Clifton). Recent Home Listings: $4.5 million to $7.3 million. Contact: 800-294-2426 or greyoaks.com.

Isleworth Orlando Luxuries include an 89,000-square-foot clubhouse with wellness center, in-home massage and seven lakes to contemplate. Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay, redesigned in 2003 by Steve Smyers). Recent Home Listings: $2 million to $12 million. Contact: 407-876-0111 or isleworth.com.

John's Island Club Vero Beach The two Dye courses play along the Intracoastal Waterway; Fazio's super West course is inland. Golf: 54 holes (Pete Dye, Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.8 million to $7 million. Contact: 772-231-1700 or johnsislandclub.org.

Lake Nona Orlando Built around 1,000 acres of lakes, Lake Nona has a small guest lodge and hosts many junior golf and tennis events. Golf: 18 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $7 million. Contact: 407-851-9091 or lakenona.com.

The Loxahatchee Club Jupiter A top choice for those seeking natural beauty. Excellent caddie program. Concierge will arrange for limo shuttle to and from the airport and massages in your home. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $7 million. Contact: 561-747-5990 or loxahatcheeclubrealty.com.

The Medalist Golf Club Hobe Sound Greg Norman's "home course" features an Aussie pub, a spa and a 12-hole par-three course. Golf: 30 holes (Pete Dye/Greg Norman, Greg Norman). Recent Home Listings: $1.2 million to $2 million. Contact: 772-546-2337 or medalistestates.com.

Mediterra Naples The 25,000-square-foot clubhouse is surrounded by fountains and pastoral gardens. Residents also enjoy a private beach club. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $1.6 million to $7 million. Contact: 888-888-1404 or mediterra-naples.com.

Mirasol Palm Beach Gardens Hosts the Honda Classic. Community comprises 26 villages. Golf: 36 holes (Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills). Recent Home Listings: $800,000 to more than $4 million. Contact: 800-578-4544 or mirasolclub.com.

Old Marsh Palm Beach Gardens If any golf community qualifies as "classic," this 1988 chestnut is it. One of the first to emphasize environmental stewardship. Golf: 18 holes (Pete Dye). Recent Home Listings: $450,000 to $3.5 million. Contact: 561-627-4605 or oldmarshgolf.com.

Old Palm Golf Club Palm Beach Gardens Has a new, 43,000-square-foot clubhouse and a 33-acre golf studio with state-of-the-art technology. Golf: 22 holes (Raymond Floyd). Recent Home Listings: $1.6 million to $8 million. Contact: 800-924-4005 or wcicommunities.com.

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club Vero Beach A barrier island gem with a premier practice facility, private beach and a large pool with private cabanas. Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer). Recent Home Listings: $1.5 million to $12 million. Contact: 772-388-2350.

Tesoro Port St. Lucie A new course by Tom Watson is under construction. With full service spa, croquet course and a private beach club. Golf: 18 holes (Arnold Palmer). Recent Home Listings: $1 million to $5 million. Contact: 888-297-3339 or tesoroclub.com.

Tuscany Reserve Naples New but destined for greatness. The clubhouse will have private wine storage for members and a fresh produce market. With concierge services and superb golf. Golf: 18 holes (Pete Dye/Greg Norman). Recent Home Listings: $1.6 million to more than $4 million. Contact: 800-924-4005 or wcicommunities.com.

GEORGIA

Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee Eatonton Sensational course by Crenshaw and Coore, about 80 miles from Atlanta. With a Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired golf house, walking paths and canoeing. Golf: 18 holes (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw) Recent Home Listings: $379,000 to more than $2.5 million. Contact: 800-458-5351 or cuscowilla.com.

Ford Plantation Richmond Hill Twenty miles south of Savannah, has only 400 homesites on 1,800 acres. Has a top-quality equestrian center, deepwater marina, spa and abundant wildlife. Golf: 18 Holes (Pete Dye). Recent Home Listings: $795,000 to more than $2 million. Contact: 877-735-8367 or fordplantation.com.

Hawks Ridge Ball Ground One of Bob Cupp's most brilliant designs, in a secluded setting 40 miles north of Atlanta. The Braves' John Smoltz was one of the early promoters. Old-style architectural feel. Golf: 18 holes (Bob Cupp). Recent Home Listings: $1.7 million to $3.5 million. Contact: 770-205-6889 or hawksridge.com.

Reynolds Plantation Greensboro Four world-class courses (and soon a fifth for members only) strung along Lake Oconee. The on-site Ritz-Carlton takes things up a notch. Golf: 81 holes (Bob Cupp, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $400,000 to more than $2 million. Contact: 800-800-5250 or reynoldsplantation.com.

Sea Island Resident Davis Love III and new director of instruction Todd Anderson boost the golf prestige. Golf: 54 holes (Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Davis Love III). Recent Home Listings: $1.8 million to $11 million. Contact: 800-732-4752 or seaisland.com.

HAWAII

Hualalai Kona With a Four Seasons resort on the premises, residents get the full luxury treatment. The Weiskopf course, beach house and canoe club are for members only. Golf: 36 holes (Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf). Recent Home Listings: $4.5 million to $20 million. Contact: 808-325-8500 or hualalairesort.com.

Kuki'o Golf & Ocean Club Kona With a 10-hole short course, a full-service spa, extensive concierge services and an open-air clubhouse. Golf: 28 holes (Tom Fazio). Recent Home Listings: $3 million to $10 million. Contact: 808-325-4040 or kukio.com.

LOUISIANA

English Turn New Orleans With a well-known course and lots of kids programs. The golf was only minimally damaged by Hurricane Katrina last year, and most of the community is back in business. Golf: 18 holes (Jack Nicklaus). Recent Home Listings: $300,000 to $1.2 million. Contact: 504-392-9100 or englishturn.com.

MARYLAND

TPC at Avenel Potomac Host of PGA Tour events and just a short drive from Washington, D.C., Avenel offers an equestrian center and a stadium golf facility. Golf: 18 holes (Ault, Clark & Associates). Recent Home Listings: $600,000 to $6 million. Contact: 301-469-3700 or tpcatavenel.com.

MASSACHUSETTS

Turner Hill Ipswich Rolling hills and a Tudor-style clubhouse give this community north of Boston an old New England feel. Fitness center offers massage. Golf: 18 holes (Hurdzan/Fry). Recent Home Listings: $1.2 million to $1.6 million. Contact: 978-356-7070 or turnerhill.com.

Willowbend Mashpee Hands-on owner Paul Fireman, the Reebok CEO, keeps this Cape Cod community fresh and luxurious. Golf: 27 holes (Michael Hurdzan, Bruce Besse Jr.). Recent Home Listings: $800,000 to $3.9 million. Contact: 508-539-5200 or willowbendcountryclub.com.

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