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9+ Reasons Why Lancaster, PA is the Perfect Retirement Destination for Golfers

As an avid golfer, you may dream of retiring to sunny South Carolina, Florida, or Arizona—lands of meticulously maintained golf retirement communities and world-class courses around every other corner. However, did you know that Lancaster County, PA is also home to some amazing—and affordable—golf options that make retirement closer to home that much more enticing for those who enjoy hitting the links?

In these uncertain times, traveling to exotic golf resorts elsewhere is challenging at best. But, Pennsylvania’s golf courses are safely open for you to play a round while easily following proper social distancing and other COVID-19 prevention guidelines. It’s certainly time for you to check out what these courses have to offer!

Need a little more info about our fantastic local public courses before you set a tee time? Today’s post introduces a sampling of five of the Lancaster area’s favorite golf courses open to every golfer. We’re also sharing which five of our phenomenal independent retirement communities are located closest to each course—where you may just want to rest your clubs for the long game!

Crossgates Golf Club

Voted Lancaster County’s favorite golf course by LNP/LancasterOnline’s annual reader poll in 2019, Crossgates is known for its gorgeous setting along the Conestoga River on the edge of Millersville, a small college town just beyond downtown Lancaster. Discover 18 challenging holes on a lovingly cared-for course along with a driving range, and even a local favorite restaurant! Tee time scheduling is available online, and Crossgates has information on its website about new rules related to playing safely in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Address: 1 Crosslands Pass, Millersville, PA

Phone: 717-872-4500

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Five closest independent retirement communities by distance: Homestead Village (5.6 miles), Willow Valley Communities (6.2 miles), Woodcrest Villa (7.1 miles), Calvary Homes (7.2 miles), St. Anne’s Retirement Community (7.8 miles)

 

Four Seasons Golf Club

Owned and diligently maintained by the municipality of East Hempfield Township just outside of Lancaster, Four Seasons Golf Club offers affordable play on a fan-favorite par 70 course. The course has been in existence since 1962 and features mature landscaping on a relatively flat to lightly rolling course. Promising a memorable round of golf that will keep you coming back, Four Seasons also prides itself on excellent customer service. Tee time scheduling is available online, and Four Seasons has information on its website about new rules related to playing safely in light of COVID-19 concerns. 

Address: 949 Church St., Landisville, PA

Phone: 717-898-0104

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Five closest independent retirement communities by distance: Homestead Village (4.1 miles), St. Anne’s Retirement Community (4.3 miles), Woodcrest Villa (4.6 miles), St. John’s Herr Estate (5.5 miles), Brethren Village (8.0 miles)

 

Foxchase Golf Club

Land that used to be a dairy farm in Stevens (near Ephrata) is now the scenic and beautifully maintained Foxchase Golf Club. A public course with a challenging 18-hole layout, Foxchase offers a club atmosphere and has a unique dedication to sustainability. In 2010, Foxchase was proud to become known as the first golf course in Pennsylvania powered by solar farm-generated electricity. With seasonal restaurants and a footgolf corn maze also on-site, Foxchase is a complete entertainment destination for your entire family. Tee time scheduling is available online, or contact the club for new rules related to playing safely in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Address: 300 Stevens Road, Stevens, PA

Phone: 717-336-3673

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Five closest independent retirement communities by distance: Fairmount Homes (9.1 miles), Luther Acres (11.7 miles), United Zion Retirement Community (12.1 miles), Moravian Manor (12.8 miles), Pleasant View Communities (15.1 miles)

 

Highlands of Donegal Golf Club

Want a golf experience that hearkens back to the earliest days of the game in the iconic Scottish Highlands? Highlands of Donegal, located near Mount Joy, will transport you. With a unique design and layout, this 18-hole course is woven into the picturesque rolling terrain and flows with the natural beauty of the Pennsylvania countryside it inhabits. Tee time scheduling is available online, or contact the club for new rules related to playing safely in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Address: 650 Pinkerton Rd., Mount Joy, PA

Phone: 717-653-2048

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Five closest independent retirement communities by distance: St. John’s Herr Estate (5 miles), St. Anne’s Retirement Community (6.7 miles), Masonic Village (8.2 miles), Homestead Village (10.1 miles), Pleasant View Communities (10.9 miles)

 

Honeybrook Golf Club

Just over the Lancaster County line in adjacent Chester County, Honeybrook Golf Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary as “Pennsylvania’s Friendliest Golf Club” in 2020. Like some other local clubs, Honeybrook was lovingly carved from an old dairy farm and presents rolling terrain with a par 70 that makes play challenging, but still a fun experience that will have you coming back again and again. Tee time scheduling is available online, and Honeybrook has information on its website about new rules related to playing safely in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Address: 1422 Cambridge Rd., Honey Brook, PA

Phone: 610-595-4123

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Five closest independent retirement communities by distance: Tel Hai Retirement Community (3.3 miles), Garden Spot Village (11.3 miles), Fairmount Homes (15.8 miles), Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community (24.2 miles), Willow Valley Communities (27.5 miles)

 

Overlook Golf Course

Like Four Seasons, Overlook Golf Course is municipally owned (by suburban Lancaster’s Manheim Township). Affordable public rates are the result of this structure, though golfers can expect a manicured course and a memorable play experience in a gorgeous park-like setting. A driving range and upscale restaurant are also located on the Overlook campus. Tee time scheduling is available online, and Overlook has information on its website about new rules related to playing safely in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Address: 2040 Lititz Pk., Lancaster, PA

Phone: 717-569-9551

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Five closest independent retirement communities by distance: Brethren Village (3.3 miles), Calvary Homes (4.4 miles), Homestead Village (5.0 miles), Landis Homes (5.3 miles), Moravian Manor (6.4 miles)

 

Par Line Golf Course

With a name that’s an enchanting play on words—”par” is both a golf term and how local PA Dutch folks pronounce “power” (a nod to the power lines that run across hole 1)—Par Line Golf Course is a scenic 6,200 yard, par 72 course that sits on the Dauphin/Lancaster County border near Elizabethtown. Par Line prides itself on being a friendly course offering challenging play for the most experienced golfer while also providing an enjoyable round of golf for anyone who just wants to be out on the links. Tee time scheduling is available online, or contact the club for new rules related to playing safely in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Address: 4545 East Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown, PA

Phone: 717-367-7794

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Five closest independent retirement communities by distance: Masonic Village (4.5 miles), St. John’s Herr Estate (15.4 miles), St. Anne’s Retirement Community (18.2 miles), Pleasant View Communities (18.4 miles), Woodcrest Villa (24.0 miles) 

 

Tanglewood Manor Golf Club

In operation since 1967, Tanglewood Manor is a past winner of Pennsylvania Golf Course of the Year. Both pro players and new golfers alike rave about the 18 uniquely designed holes on a fantastic course that promises a fair test of your game. Also discover the Tanglewood Manor driving range! Tee time scheduling is available online, and Tanglewood Manor has information on its website about new rules related to playing safely in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Address: 653 Scotland Rd., Quarryville, PA

Phone: 717-786-2500

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Five closest independent retirement community by distance: Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, (3.5 miles), Willow Valley Communities (10.8 miles), Calvary Homes (17.4 miles), Homestead Village (18.0 miles), Woodcrest Villa (18.7 miles)

 

Willow Valley Golf Course

A compact course with just nine holes (par 32), Willow Valley Golf Course is a local favorite due to its convenient proximity to downtown Lancaster, consistently affordable rates, and its golf resort-like setting. Willow Valley is the perfect place to practice your swing and hone your skills! While online tee time reservations are not currently available, you can call ahead and pay over the phone for a contactless experience related to playing safely in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Address: 100 Willow Valley Lakes Dr., Willow Street, PA

Phone: 717-464-2741

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Five closest independent retirement community by distance: Willow Valley Communities (1.2 miles), Calvary Homes (6.0 miles), Homestead Village (6.4 miles), Brethren Village (8.8 miles), St. Anne’s Retirement Community (11.3 miles)

 

Explore Lancaster’s Private Golf Club Options, Too

While these courses are not open to the public, you may want to explore membership options at the following country clubs/private golf clubs: Lancaster Country Club, Bent Creek Country Club, Conestoga Country Club, and Meadia Heights Golf Club. More information can be found via Discover Lancaster’s “Golfing in Lancaster, PA” resource.

Or Enjoy Some “Virtual Golf” at Our Independent Retirement Communities!

When hitting the links isn’t possible, our independent retirement communities here in Lancaster County can help you get your golf fix.

Putting greens and golf simulators abound on many campuses, including:

Additionally, many of our communities host golf outings as annual fundraising events. These fun days on the links often feature prizes, delicious meals, and healthy competition—all for a great cause. Contact individual communities to sign up for their newsletters or request information. (While many events have had to be postponed for 2020, communities are beginning to plan for 2021 golf outings now.)

Ready to Swing Into a Golfing Retirement Lifestyle?

It may be a bit surprising, but it’s clear that Lancaster County should be at the top of your list for golf retirement communities! And, there are so many other reasons that Lancaster, PA is a top retirement destination in the USA. Our Explore Retirement Living blog is here to showcase all of these, as well as to give you timely tips on making the most of your retirement experience.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about any of the fantastic independent local retirement communities we partner with or explore what each has to offer during our upcoming Open House event in October!