The 12 Best Private Golf Clubs Across the U.S.

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At Palm Beach Gardens, a creation of Michael Pascucci and Stephen Ross. This club focuses on sporting excellence without residential distractions, featuring three 18-hole courses, including the recently opened West Course designed by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner.

1. Apogee Club, Florida

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A few miles from downtown Omaha, Designed by Scott Hoffman, it’s a pure golf experience spread over 7,200 yards, characterized by its natural setting, devoid of homes or roads, and a clubhouse reminiscent of a 1920s home.

2. Lost Rail, Nebraska

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3. Crossroads at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

The Crossroads golf course transforms a flat landscape into a world of slopes and contours. Created by Tad King and Rob Collins, this reversible 9-hole course, set to open early next year, offers members stunning views and challenging greens.

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North of Napa Valley, California, the Brambles Golf Club marks the first Californian design by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. This 18-hole walking course features a unique clubhouse, 'The Milking Parlor,' and is known for its links-style layout and breathtaking mountain vistas. 

4. Brambles Golf Club, California

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Miami's Shell Bay, with its $1 million initiation fee, is a symbol of luxury. This waterfront enclave boasts a Greg Norman-designed course, known for its challenging play. The club includes luxurious residences, a private yacht club, and a wellness center, epitomizing opulence in every aspect.

5. Shell Bay, Florida

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6. Wicker Pointe, Alabama

Set against the backdrop of Alabama’s Lake Martin, Wicker Pointe is part of the Heritage, a luxury residential development. The Coore and Crenshaw-designed course offers diverse landscapes and a unique putting course, 'The Foothills,' for an immersive golfing experience.

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Is more than a golf club, it's a catalyst for change. Nicholas Schreiber’s vision combines top-notch golfing with inclusive programs, aiming to diversify the game's traditional demographic. The course itself, set on rolling sand, offers thrilling gameplay.

7. Old Barnwell, South Carolina

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Offers a challenging 6,800-yard course. Beyond its strategic design, the club is notable for its philanthropic efforts, supporting local educational initiatives. It’s a golfing destination with a heart.

8. Quixote Club, South Carolina

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9. Panther National, Florida

Panther National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is a blend of luxury living and championship golf. Co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Justin Thomas, the course is the centerpiece of a community featuring modern estate homes and a conservation area.

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Austin's Loraloma, part of the Thomas Ranch development, combines luxury living with a spectacular 18-hole course by David McLay-Kidd. The course, known for its cliffside holes and panoramic views, offers a unique golfing experience in Texas' Hill Country.

10. Loraloma, Texas

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Red Feather in Lubbock, Texas, is a creative masterpiece by King-Collins. Known for its unconventional design, including the longest par 5 and shortest par 3 in Texas, this course offers a unique golfing adventure with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

11. Red Feather, Texas

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12. High Pointe Golf Club, Michigan

Tom Doak's High Pointe Golf Club near Traverse City, Michigan, is a revival of his first course. Known for its minimalist design, the course is set to reopen with new features, blending Doak's signature style with the area's natural rolling topography.

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