BEST OF THE BEST
Sea Island Properties St. Simons Island, Ga.
Just as the Sea Island Resort is one of the premier golf destinations in the world, its sister real estate property offers an unparalleled experience for residents and members. Anchored by the communities of Frederica, which has a course by Tom Fazio and Sir Michael Bonallack, and Ocean Forest, which has a Rees Jones layout, Sea Island Properties has numerous real estate options to fit any need or preference.
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Complementing one of Arnold Palmer’s best courses is a nature preserve of a community that is perfect for all types of outdoor activities, from boating to fishing to hunting to riding to tennis. For those looking for a slower-paced activity, the community’s team of naturalists can help residents explore the island’s more than 1,000 varieties of flora and fauna. springisland.com
The Stock Farm Club
Teton Village, Wyo.
In America’s wealth-friendliest state, Shooting Star occupies a special place. Felicitously located near two national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, the community offers hiking, biking, golfing, and paragliding in summer, and dog sledding, heli-skiing, and snow tubing in winter. The Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole core golf course measures over 7,500 yards from the tips and plays undisturbed by homes from tee to green.
Co-founded by Charles Schwab as a private getaway, Stock Farm offers plenty of open space for residents, who can buy parcels as large as 35 acres at this 2,600-acre property in the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana. After playing golf on the Tom Fazio-designed course or exploring the expansive landscape that looks much as it did in the frontier days more than a century ago, members can gather in the comfortable clubhouse to reflect on the day.
3 Creek Ranch
Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Within Silverleaf, located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, residents can get away from it all with a round on Tom Weiskopf ’s 7,322-yard course, one of several types of treatments at the spa, or a meal in the 50,000-square-foot clubhouse. Just outside the gates, the larger community of DC Ranch, with its array of shops and restaurants, awaits.
There are few offerings at any golf community that can compare to the six 35-acre ranch properties at 3 Creek. These private enclaves ensure that your neighbors are not other homeowners but the elk and moose that roam the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. But if you’re looking for some human interaction, joining a foursome for a round at the Rees Jones course is a good way to do it.
The Vintage Club Indian Wells, Calif.
Located at the base of Eisenhower Mountain just southeast of Palm Springs, The Vintage Club lives up to its name, offering a timeless combination of luxury homes and 36 holes of Tom Fazio golf. Founded in 1979, The Vintage Club was an early entrant in the private golf community market, but the property has remained relevant to a new generation of golfers. vintageclubsales.com
Wade Hampton Golf Club Cashiers, N.C.
For course aficionados, Wade Hampton was a breakthrough layout for Tom Fazio when it opened in 1988. More than 25 years later, Wade Hampton remains one of the best mountain courses in the country. The 700-acre community, limited to just 300 homes, is one of the most prestigious addresses in western North Carolina, with spectacular views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. wadehamptongc.com
Windsor Vero Beach, Fla.
The community’s unique architectural style, which evokes the Caribbean’s airy, geometric features, attracts as many residents as the numerous amenities like the Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course, beach club, equestrian facilities including a polo field, gun club, and a gallery that is at the heart of the property’s strong arts program. windsorflorida.com