Sun City West closed the seven courses on April 14 to lower resident and employee exposures to the coronavirus as Arizona headed into the possible COVID-19 peak. “Letting up now would be a mistake … we expect members to abide by the safety precautions and restrictions in place,” said General Manager Bill Schwind in announcing the May 4th opening.
The Recreation Centers of Sun City West—an active adult retirement community in Arizona—plans to reopen five of its seven golf courses on May 4, KTVK reported. They are Stardust, Grandview, Echo Mesa, Trail Ridge and Deer Valley. Pebblebrook and Desert Trails will remained closed.
Golfers have to be members or public cardholders, so that means no guests, KTVK reported. The driving range will be open but there will be no cash available for making change for the machines. On April 29, members and public cardholders can make lottery requests for tee times starting on May 4.
The Rec Centers closed the seven courses on April 14, KTVK reported. The shutdown was intended to lower resident and employee exposures to the coronavirus as Arizona headed into the possible COVID-19 peak. The head of the Rec Centers said Sun City West has fared well according to the Arizona Department of Health Services zip code map.
“We firmly believe the low number of cases is a result of our early closures and cautious approach early on,” said General Manager Bill Schwind in a statement. “Letting up now would be a mistake, and we do not want to see a fresh spike in cases due to lifting too many restrictions too early. Golf will reopen, but we expect members to abide by the safety precautions and restrictions in place.”
Golfers have to socially distance and each golfer should have their own cart, KTVK reported. No concessions will be sold.
Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order said golf courses are an essential business so it was up to owners whether they wanted to close or not, KTVK reported.