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Things you might Want To Know about the Penn National Community- who we are, what we're up to, what we are about as a company.

Why the Penn National Community?

Penn National is an active retirement community that offers a unique approach to retirement and retirement living. Surrounded by the great outdoors and the beautiful Michaux Mountains, residents can enjoy the gorgeous surrounding countryside and breathtaking views and still enjoy all the necessities and luxuries they desire.

Apart from the easily accessible great outdoors, Penn National gives their residents the flexibility to choose how they want to enjoy their community amenities. An abundance of amenities including hiking, tennis, golf, stamp club, book clubs, garden club, pickle ball, history club and more, are all available a la carte with no master association fees.

Unlike traditional retirement communities where home design and floor plans are homogenous and heavily restricted, residents at Penn National have the freedom to custom build their own home with a lot and design of their choice.

Home to two 18-hole championship golf courses rated 4+ stars by Golf Digest’s Places to Play, Penn National is just 90 miles from Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland and a few hours from the New York City area. Residents at Penn National revel in remaining close to family and friends as a 1-hour drive has them home for hearty visits and holiday gatherings.

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Quick Facts

  • Rated one of America’s Top 50 Master-Planned Communities by Where to Retire
  • Custom retirement homesite plans available
  • All amenities are a la carte and there is no master association fee
  • The Founders Course and Iron Forge, 18-hole championship golf courses, are consistently rated 4+ star courses by Golf Digest’s Places to Play.


“Top 50” Best Master Planned Communities in the US
4+ star rated golf courses by Golf Digest’s Places to Play


Penn National was founded in 1968 by T.K. Nitterhouse and a group of local investors. It was the first 18-hole golf course in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Today, Penn National boasts two 18-hole nationally recognized championship golf courses and a thriving active adult community of over 1,000 families, encompassing over 1,500 acres.

In 1995, T.K. retired, leaving the business in the capable hands of his son-in-law, Dennis Zimmerman, and daughter, Patti, who continue to work on building the late Mr. Nitterhouse’s dream.

Penn National is a preferred retirement community for its trusted developers, the affordability, the ideal location and its warm welcome feeling.


  • Wellness program
  • Swimming Pool-Outdoor
  • Restaurant
  • Playground for Children
  • Pet Friendly
  • Locker Rooms
  • Guest Rooms
  • Golf – Miniature
  • Firepit
  • Clubhouse
  • Bocce
  • Artistic Programs
  • Trails for Walking or Biking
  • Swimming Pool – Heated Outdoor
  • Putting Green
  • Picnic Area
  • Nature Preserve
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Green/Sustainable Certification
  • Garden for Community
  • Continuing Education/Classes
  • Card Games or Bridge
  • Basketball – Outdoor
  • Aerobics Studio
  • Tennis
  • Social Events Planned
  • Pro Shop
  • Pickleball
  • Meeting Rooms
  • High-speed Internet/WIFI
  • Golf-18 holes or more
  • Fitness Room
  • Clubs
  • Business Center
  • Banking on site

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