What goes into making the perfect 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 resort-style amenities, low-maintenance homes, and an ideal location.
Golf course communities make it easy to stay physically and socially active. Playing golf gets players outdoors, and despite being a more serene game, it has good physical and health benefits. These communities also have built-in social networks, with plenty of golf fans that are always looking for partners. Connections can be made at the clubhouse, as players congregate before and after games or take advantage of the available amenities.
Pennsylvania has seven active adult golf course communities, ranging from an intimate 96 homes up to more than 1,000. The state’s diverse landscape allows waterfalls, mountains, autumn foliage, and winding rivers to all become breathtaking scenery during games.
Homebuyers who seek this kind of rewarding lifestyle should consider Pennsylvania real estate and see what these desirable communities have to offer.
Mid $400s - Low $500s
McGrath Homes constructed The Villas at Five Ponds between 2008 and 2012. There are 280 attached ranch-style villas, with 36 of them next to the Five Ponds Golf Course. 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.
The Villas at Five Ponds excels at country club living, with an upscale clubhouse featuring 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. The park-like setting of this community also features well-maintained landscaping and a pond.
Members of the community can also participate in clubs and events, including casino trips, art classes, holiday parties, and the annual fine arts and crafts show.
2. Foxfield - Garnet Valley
High $100s - Mid $400s
Foxfield is a 55+ golf course community that stands out because it offers so many models to pick from. Built by McKee Builders from 2004 to 2013, the community consists of 520 condo, attached, and single-family homes.
There are more than a dozen floor plans ranging from 1,114 to 1,836 square feet with one to four bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and attached garages. The attached and single-family homes are designed around main-level living, although some also feature lofts.
Foxfield's six-hole golf course is perfect for short games and practicing. A putting green, tennis and bocce ball courts, and walking trails are also available on the property. The vibrant community clubhouse features an indoor and outdoor pool, a whirlpool spa, an exercise room, and game rooms. Homeowners also enjoy a wide variety of activities, including coffee klatches, Friday night socials, computer classes, water aerobics, and guest speakers.
High $300s - Low $500s
The Club is one of the most respected private clubs around and has hosted many golf tournaments and qualifiers. Residents of Indian Valley Greenes can purchase a membership and enjoy access to the 18-hole course and the clubhouse, which features 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 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, two-and-a-half to four bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Certain homes also include gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces, basements, and decks.
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 homes. Models range from 1,763 to 2,376 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached one- to two-car garages. Upgrades, such as dens, oversized walk-in closets, and covered porches, are also available in some homes.
Construction began in 1968, with new homes as recent as 2008. Although not age-restricted, the community caters to an active adult lifestyle with endless amenities, including two 18-hole golf courses, Iron Forge and The Founders.
Aside from 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 walking trails for homeowners to enjoy. More than 30 clubs and activities are regularly offered, along with special events like holiday parties, folk festivals, and farmers' markets.