11. Estancia Scottsdale, Arizona
There are shots on Estancia's perfectly groomed Tom Fazio course that encourage big swings, and others where the landing zones are carefully veiled by a dramatic desert landscape. The community is spacious but intimate, with no weak links among the golf, fitness, clubhouse and tennis amenities.
12. The Bear's Club Jupiter, Florida
The unmatched professionalism that marked Jack Nicklaus's playing career is replicated in this community's daily operation. There are outsize touches—a stuffed polar bear in the clubhouse—but the decorum and detail work is subtle.
13. The Greenbrier Sporting Club White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
A community with a built-in dignity and athletic gusto, courtesy of the grande dame resort that spawned it, the Sporting Club is anchored by a member's lodge, sports complex and spa, all adjoining the Tom Fazio–designed Snead course. Custom-built homes opt for either a classic or vernacular design, the former hip-roofed with columns and clapboard, the latter marked by fieldstone and broad porches.
14. Talisker Park City, Utah
An emerging enclave for the wealthy, worldly and athletic, Talisker stretches across ten thousand acres of Wasatch wilderness, near the understated glamour of Park City. Golf is by Mark O'Meara, and some homesites have lift access to Deer Valley Resort skiing.
15. Isleworth Windermere, Florida
The lake-region community that has everything just added a unique touch to its golf practice facility: bunkers with varieties of sand types to let the resident tour pros (there are many) hone their escape shots. The art installations by Sotheby's continue, including treasured sculptures on street corners.
16. Windsor Vero Beach, Florida
Windsor melds studied elegance with a neo-traditional neighborhood design that was ahead of its time when it was founded by the well-connected Canadian couple Hilary and Galen Weston. There is a polo/equestrian center, croquet lawn, gun club and an exclusive art gallery, along with golf by Robert Trent Jones II. Visitors can lodge in an elegant guesthouse.
17. Kuki'o Kona, Hawaii
For people of means who are never quite content anywhere but in Hawaii, this community's half-mile-long Big Island beach is pristine. Within the fifteen-hundred-acre property, only 375 homesites are designated. A well-staffed beach club for members earns sighs, as does the spa and the Tom Fazio golf.