I have been going to the Penn National golf course resort since 2002 with several groups of golfers. During the past 11 years, I have gone there 7 times and have enjoyed it every time I went. There are two golf courses; the Founders course is a traditional golf course with trees, sand, water and an absolutely stunning series of holes you have to manage to score well and to keep your golf balls. Regardless of your golf handicap, you will love this course; Iron Forge is the second course and this one is a links course featuring rolling hills, spectacular views and wide open fairways, but as in most links course, when the wind is up, your game is open to the elements.
The resort itself is located close to Gettysburg which is worth a visit for history lovers. The rooms you stay at are in several buildings that are well maintained but not very modern. The rooms are normally a two person occupancy and have two double beds, kitchen sink, small fridge, microwave, a shaving sink and a small bathroom with toilet, sink and bath/shower.
The rooms are clean and serviced every day. Each building eight rooms on two floors. Each building has a cooler with ice outside to help you fill your coolers or mix drinks. The coolers are always full of ice. Each building has plenty of patio chairs and some inside group seating areas although some of the buildings have smaller areas.
The golf courses and the Inn are separate but you can book your golf package through the Inn staff and they will organize an envelope with all your golf passes and your dining vouchers.
The dining room is in the golf club house. The service is very good, gratuities are included in the package pricing although you may leave a few dollars a person for better than average service which you will often get. The food is in general very good, and there are always a special dish or two that are included with your package. The menu has non-priced items that come with your package as well as some specialty items you have to pay for. The salad bar is very good and there are several deserts to pick from.
This year we noticed a bit of a drop in the variety of fruit in the morning and also a few of the dinner options were not what we considered to par with past years. Although the last dinner we had was excellent.
Great value for money.
Penn National is located in a non-drinking county, which means you cannot buy alcohol there, but you can bring your own both on the course and in the kitchen. You are provided with ice and coolers on the course for your drinks and the dining room will open your wine and give you glasses.