Golf News

Golf Operations Tournament Schedule

Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 Golf Operations Tournament Schedule


Saturday, October 24th – 25th Annual Octogenarian Golf
An 18-hole individual stroke play event. Must be 80 years of age and older. Men and Women flights. Hosted at Desert Trails GC. Limited to first 100 players.

Saturday, December 12th – 2 Person Team Best Ball-Scramble
18-hole 2 person team Best Ball/Scramble Tournament. Men and Women flights. Hosted at Trail Ridge GC. Limited to first 100 players.

Saturday, January 23rd – RCSCW Stroke Play Tournament
An 18-hole individual stroke play event. Men and Women flights.  Hosted at Pebblebrook GC. Limited to first 100 players.

Sunday, January 31st – Tampa Bowl Scramble
Two-person team event. Men, Women and Co-ed flights.  Hosted at Deer Valley GC. Limited to first 50 – two person teams.


ENTRY FORMS with TOURNAMENT DETAILS will be available six weeks prior to date
of tournaments at all RCSCW PRO SHOPS or GOLF OPERATIONS.




February through April tournament schedule to be announced


2020 September holes-in-one

2020 September holes-in-one

Congratulations to the following golfers:

Bill Lee9-2-20Grandview81289 Iron
Dan Makowsky9-9-20Echo Mesa161426 Iron
William Reed9-9-20Echo Mesa111019 Iron
Bart Hoolehan9-18-20Grandview151656 Iron

New web portal

Our new web portal for making tee times and paying member dues is live as of Tuesday morning. The new site can be found by clicking here or by visiting

The old site,, will forward to the new site, but that forwarding may take up to 48 hours before it’s operational. We recommend you bookmark the new site instead.

The first time you use the new site, be sure to click the “New Account Activation” button instead of LogIn. Use your Member ID (not your email) to activate. You will receive an email at the email address we have on file for you, to you complete the process. Once activated, you can log in as usual.  If you have any trouble, please send an email to

Email addresses are a critical part of our new portal. If you do not have an email address on file with membership, please send your name, rec card number and email address to so we can add it for you. You cannot activate your account without an email.

Links you might find helpful:




Fall overseeding to begin Sept. 24

Fall overseeding to begin Sept. 24

SCW Golfers, please be aware that fall overseeding for our seven golf courses is scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 24. Please take a look at the open and close dates listed below for each golf course. 

  • Grandview and Echo Mesa Golf Courses
    • Closes Thursday, Sept. 24
    • Reopens Tuesday, Oct. 20
  • Deer Valley, Stardust and Trail Ridge Golf Courses
    • Closes Thursday, Oct. 22
    • Reopens Tuesday, Nov. 17
  • Desert Trails and Pebblebrook Golf Courses (Currently in progress)
    • Closed on Tuesday, May 26
    • Reopens Tuesday, Oct. 20

Please note, weather permitting, there will be NO cart path restrictions other than the 90-degree rule which is always in effect.

SCW Golf Lab Golf Pros Contact Information

Sun City West Golf Lab

Sun City West Golf Lab

Need help with your golf game?  Here’s the contact information you need:
PATRICK O’HARA, PGA Professional and Manager of RCSCW Golf Operations – 623-544-6499
MARK ADCOCK, PGA Professional and Manager of Pebblebrook and Stardust Golf Courses – 623-544-6470
***DAVE AREND, Golf Instructor & Equipment Specialist, Grandview Golf Course – 623-826-4874
NIBBY MUSSO, PGA Professional and Manager of Deer Valley, Echo Mesa and Trail Ridge Golf Courses – 623-544-6509
JACK SOMMERS, PGA Professional and Manager of Desert Trails and Grandview Golf Courses – 623-544-6637
MICHAEL WILLIAMS, PGA Professional and Golf Operations Special Events Assistant – 623-544-6555

Combined instruction experience is over 160 years.  Meet your pros and see their accolades here.

Instruction Fees for Pat O’Hara, Mark Adcock, Nibby Musso, Jack Sommers and Mike Williams are as follows:
Golf Clinics – limited to 6 students, a 6-1 instructor ratio for $15.00 per person per lesson.  Each clinic is 1 hour of instruction.
Future Clinics to be announced.
Private Instruction is available for $40.00 for 45 minutes of instruction.  Public instruction is $50.00 for 45 minutes.

Golf Fitting Appointments, Grandview Golf Course – 623-544-6606

***Please contact Dave Arend directly for Instruction fees as they are different from the above mentioned instructors.





Sun City West Golfers,
We are glad to have everyone back playing the Sun City West golf courses!  We understand that everyone is enjoying great course conditions and the improved pace of play due to the one golfer per cart rule.  However, with the additional cart traffic comes more wear and tear on the course that can result in long term damage and unfavorable playing conditions if we are not careful.  There has been a lot of abuse of cart rules since we reopened on May 4th.
In order to keep great course conditions, we need ALL golfers to do their part.  Please help us in keeping our golf courses in great shape by following these cart rules:
1)  Stay on and return to cart path as often as possible
2)  Use the 90 degree cart path rule whenever it makes sense
3)  Stay on cart paths around tees and greens
4)  Carts should never drive between a green side bunker and the green
5)  If a cart is on the opposite side of the green from cart path, the cart should be 15′ for medical flag players and at least 30′ from green for all other golfers.  If you are on the cart path side of the green, you should return to the cart path and park the cart on the path.  Carts around the green is where we see most of the damage to the golf course.
6)   Stay out of desert as much as possible, enter at your own risk.  Fleet carts are not allowed in the desert.
7)  If someone in your group is not following the above rules, remind them!  Old habits die hard!
What happens to the turf from cart damage:
All vehicles cause turf damage. This includes motorized golf carts, pull carts, and maintenance vehicles. Some of the damage may not be visible for days or even weeks as a result of the effects of soil compaction. Wet turf is more susceptible to cart damage so early morning traffic should take extra precautions versus when the courses start to dry out later in the day.
Vehicle traffic has the greatest impact on wear and soil compaction due to the amount of area covered and the increased damage caused by repeated traffic over a concentrated area. Damage is further increased with a greater number of turns, a higher speed of travel, and the number of traffic that passes over a given area. Based on research, the main focus for minimizing the damage caused by golf carts should be on spreading traffic over a wider area or restricting golf carts to paths.  See what the USGA recommends about how golfers can help care for the golf courses during these special times by clicking here.  You may visit to find out more.
Walking the golf course and carrying your clubs impacts the golf course far less than pull or motorized carts based on the total amount of area impacted.  Pull carts impact the golf course less than motorized carts, but all carts impact the golf course more than walking. This is due to the smaller area contacted by foot traffic and the wheels of the pull cart.
Most of the damage caused by golf carts can be minimized when drivers use common sense and observe proper course etiquette. Each person driving a cart must be aware of the damage that vehicles cause and take steps to reduce that damage in order to preserve the condition of the course for all golfers.
In SCW, the quality of turf your ball is resting on is closely tied to the amount of exposed cart traffic in that area.  Follow the above cart rules and expect good lies.  Ignore the rules and your lie will surely be something other than good!
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated and all our fellow golfers thank you!

90 Degree Rule - Charles Schulz's favorite comic strips in full ...

Golf Ops is offering Geometry classes to refresh everyone’s memory of using a protractor  to measure 90 degrees…..just kidding.

90-Degree Rule In Effect The “90-degree rule” means that the golf course is allowing carts onto the grass — but only at 90-degree angles from the cart path. In other words, don’t drive the golf cart up the middle of the fairway from the tee box to your golf ball. Stay on the cart path until you are level with your golf ball, then make a 90-degree turn off the cart path and drive straight across to the ball.
The “90-degree rule” minimizes the time a golf cart spends rolling over the grass, while still allowing convenience for golfers.


Course Closures or delays for maintenance and weather

Text “scwgolf” to 555888 to subscribe to text messages alerting you when there is a course closure for maintenance or weather delays. 

So when in doubt, please call the following number for the latest update:


  • The message is updated as conditions change (so you’ll find out if a two hour delay became a one hour delay for later tee times).
  • You can hear information on more than one golf course during the same phone call by simply pressing different numbers:
    • Pebblebrook = 1
    • Trail Ridge = 2
    • Deer Valley = 3
    • Grandview = 4
    • Echo Mesa = 5
    • Stardust = 6
    • Desert Trails = 7

Please note, due to the influx of calls during delays, you may experience a busy signal.  Please be patient and keep trying to call any course. During October thru April, Monday thru Friday, you may reach the call center who will have the latest updates for all courses.

Our RAIN CHECK policy may be found here.

FROST occurs when temperatures are at approximately 38 degrees and below.  Typically, at 38 degrees, it will cause a 1/2 hour delay and a 1/2 hour cart path only restriction; at 35 degrees, a 1 to 1-1/2 hour delay; at 34 degrees a 2 hour delay.




Patty Settje8-12-20Deer Valley21126 hybrid
Philip S. Miller, Jr.8-19-20Stardust71696 iron
Bill Simmons8-29-20Echo Mesa151105 iron
Arlyn Engel8-30-20Deer Valley21359 iron