Close up of flag in a golf hole, fairway and trees in the background.

Living in a golf course community means a day on the links anytime you want.

What goes into making a great golf course? Challenging shots, lengthy fairways, and well-maintained putting greens, to start. Finding the perfect active adult community that has its own golf course is a bit trickier, though. This requires a clubhouse with resort-style amenities, plus low-maintenance, comfortable homes, and an ideal location.

Golf course communities make it easy to stay physically and socially active. Playing golf gets you outdoors, and despite being a more serene game, it has surprisingly good physical and health benefits.

These neighborhoods also have built-in social networks, with plenty of golf fans that are always looking for partners. Connections are made at the clubhouse, as players congregate before and after games, making use of the exercise rooms, pools, restaurants, and other activity rooms together.

Pennsylvania has seven active adult golf course communities, ranging from an intimate 96 homes up to the largest, with 1,720 homes. The state’s diverse landscape offers waterfalls, mountains, valleys, autumn foliage, and winding rivers, all of which can provide breathtaking backdrops for your games.

Retirees who seek this kind of rewarding lifestyle should look at Pennsylvania real estate to see what these desirable communities have to offer.

The Villas at Five Ponds - Warminster

Mid $400s - Low $500s

A newer active adult community, The Villas at Five Ponds was built between 2008 and 2012 by McGrath Homes. There are 280 attached ranch villa style resale homes on this property, with 36 of them next to the Five Ponds Golf Course. The other stately homes are situated around the community clubhouse. Its park-like setting includes well-maintained landscaping, a pond, and walking paths.

The Villas at Five Ponds excels at country club-style living, with an upscale clubhouse that features a grand ballroom, a business center, and a catering kitchen. Residents can also be found working out in the exercise room, swimming at the indoor and outdoor pools, playing tennis or basketball, or jogging along the walking trails.

Some of the most popular clubs and events include casino trips, the Helping Hands Club, art classes, holiday parties, and the annual fine arts and crafts show.

These exclusive homes come in four plans sized from 1,800 to 2,300 square feet, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, oversized two-car garages, and decks or patios. These lovely homes also include family rooms and breakfast nooks.

Foxfield - Garnet Valley

High $100s - Mid $400s

Foxfield is an active adult golf course community that stands out because it offers so many home styles to pick from. There are 520 resale condo, attached, and single home models in this development built from 2004 to 2013 by McKee Builders.

Its golf course is smaller at six holes, which is perfect for short games and practicing. There is also a putting green, tennis and bocce ball courts, and trails on the property. The vibrant community clubhouse features an indoor pool and whirlpool, plus an outdoor pool, an exercise room, and game rooms.

Homeowners participate in the coffee klatch, Friday night socials, bridge, outdoor water aerobics, mahjong, and guest speaker programs.

There are more than a dozen floor plans ranging from 1,114 to 1,836 square feet, with one to four bedrooms and one-and-a-half to three bathrooms and attached garages. The attached and single-families feature main-level living; some also include lofts.

Indian Valley Greenes - Telford

High $300s - Low $500s

Located within Indian Valley Country Club, Indian Valley Greenes offers homeowners the opportunity to bask in golf course community living.

The club is one of the most respected private clubs around, and has hosted many tournaments and qualifiers. Residents can purchase memberships, and enjoy access to the course and clubhouse, which also includes two restaurants, two outdoor pools, a poolside cabana, and tennis courts. The Club also hosts special events, like holiday parties and dinner dances.

There are 96 new and resale attached homes on this gated property built from 2005 to 2007. These spacious homes range from 3,025 to 4,825 square feet, with three to four bedrooms and two-and-a-half to four bathrooms. Upgrades may include gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces, basements, decks, and bonus rooms.

Penn National - Fayetteville

Mid $100s - Low $400s

As the largest active adult community on this list, Penn National is a master-planned community with 1,100 attached and single-family, new and resale homes.

Construction began in 1968, and this property just keeps getting bigger and better! It is not an age-restricted community but it does cater to active adult lifestyles, with endless amenities highlighted by two 18-hole golf courses, Iron Forge and The Founders.

Aside from the golf, the clubhouse features activity rooms, a business center, exercise facilities, restaurants, a pool and patio, tennis, bocce, basketball, and pickleball. There is also a community garden, lakes, and trails for everyone to enjoy. There are more than 30 clubs and activities to partake in, along with special events like holiday parties, folk festivals, and farmers markets.

There are several models from 1,763 to 2,376 square feet, two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two or two-and-a-half-car garages. Upgrades may include dens, oversized walk-in closets, and covered porches.