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Receipts required for Pro Shop returns

Effective July 1, 2019, receipts will be required for merchandise return or exchanges in all RCSCW Pro Shops. Sale merchandise may be honored with original receipt within 10 days of original purchase only. No returns, refunds or exchanges for “clearance” items. If in doubt, ask a Pro Shop staff member. As a reminder, we encourage golfers to always have their receipt for golf fees when playing. At any given time, a player may be asked to show their receipt, even if you are an unlimited annual golf card holder. This is important so that we know who is on the tee sheet and on the golf course. If a player plans on being on the course after the pro shop has closed at 5:30 p.m., you must check in some time prior to close and obtain a receipt that authorizes you to be on the course. Otherwise, you would be considered trespassing on the golf course. Thank you for your cooperation.



On July 13, 2019 at Desert Trails Golf Course, hole number 9, this couple had a fun encounter.
David and Brenda Pickles:
“We had a special encounter as we were preparing to hit our approach shots to the 9th green this
morning.” Check out the video below to see what happened!

Hawk having a little fun

Great Story!  On July 3, 2019, 6:30 AM, hole number one at Stardust Golf Course, Mr. Hawk decided he wanted to have a little fun with Wally Laux’s golf ball.

Mr. Laux:  “This big rascal took my ball and flew off with it to a nearby tree.  We had to wait until he dropped the ball before we could continue playing.  I loved it!”

Now, the question is, do you know the ruling?

Under ball moved, Rule 9.6, which is ball lifted or moved by outside influence.  If it is known or virtually certain that an outside influence lifted or moved the player’s ball, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced in it’s original spot (which if it is not known must be estimated).  If the ball was taken from a bunker or penalty area, the player must play from the bunker or penalty area.

In this case, if the ball was never dropped, the player replaces the ball as close as possible to where the hawk took the ball.

Another example, if the hawk had taken the ball from a bunker and dropped it in the fairway, the player must place the ball back in the bunker.


Lightning Awareness On The Golf Course

Please be aware and be safe during monsoon season and any other time inclement weather is in the area.

While lightning might be beautiful to see in the sky, thunderstorms are no joke, especially out on the golf course. Golf is one sport that is not necessarily hindered by inclement weather, and some golfers pride themselves on being “all weather” players; but before you continue playing when a storm starts, please consider these facts about golf and lightning, and learn what you should do if you find yourself caught in a thunderstorm out on the golf course.

Lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related causes of fatality in the U.S, causing 51 deaths on average per year.  Lightning seeks the path of least resistance on its way to the ground, and the human body is an extremely good conductor due to the body’s large percentage of water.  While metal is a better conductor (lightning travels easily—and over long distances—through metal objects such as fences and railroad tracks), if you live in an area with frequent thunderstorms (and enjoy playing golf even in weather), then you are at risk.

Here are some precautions you can take if you are caught on the golf course in a lightning storm:

  • Avoid open high ground and isolated large trees
  • Avoid water (swimming pools, lakes, ponds, rivers), beaches, and boats
  • Seek shelter inside a building or within a nearby automobile, but NOT a convertible or golf cart
  • Stay away from doors, windows, and metal objects (such as pipes, faucets, or metal fencing)
  • Avoid contact with electrical devices or metal (including some golf clubs, umbrellas, golf carts, etc.)
  • Do not lean against concrete walls

If you are in an open area, best advice: go to a low place such as a ravine or valley. Be alert for flash floods, and try to reach the indoors whenever possible.

If you are in a forest or heavily tree-covered area, best advice: seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees

If you begin to feel a tingling sensation on your hair or skin, squat in a baseball catcher’s position with your arms around your legs.

Some facts you might not know about lightning:

  • Air in a lightning strike can be heated up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The rapid heating of the air is what produces the shockwave that results in thunder
  • Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain, and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall
  • Most lightning incidents occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening (between 2:00-6:00 p.m.)
  • A ground strike can produce somewhere between 100 million to one billion volts of electricity
  • The length of a cloud-to-ground lightning strike can range from two miles to 10.
  • Lightning strike victims carry no post-strike electrical charge, and should be assisted immediately.

All in all, your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600,000, but could be reduced even further by following these simple safety precautions. Remember to head indoors as soon as it is safely possible. For more information on lightning and thunderstorms, you may visit

2019 Sun City West June Holes-In-One


Name Date Course Hole Yards Club
Bing Ho 6-3-19 Desert Trails 8 153 3
Dave Bennett 6-3-19 Desert Trails 11 135 7 wood
Raquel Thompson 6-6-19 Desert Trails 8 84 9 iron
Douglas Miller 6-12-19 Deer Valley 14 133 8 iron
James Morris III 6-15-19 Deer Valley 2 135 7 iron
Jack Hewitt 6-16-19 Stardust 3 183 5
Barb LaCrosse 6-18-19 Desert Trails 17 90 pw
Ron Burback 6-20-19 Deer Valley 2 142 8 iron



2019 Sun City West June Holes-In-One


Name Date Course Hole Yards Club
Bing Ho 6-3-19 Desert Trails 8 153 3
Dave Bennett 6-3-19 Desert Trails 11 135 7 wood
Raquel Thompson 6-6-19 Desert Trails 8 84 9 iron

Father’s Day Golf Sale

At Sun City West, we want to show our appreciation to all the amazing Dads, Grandfathers, Uncles and male role models.  Join us for a Father’s Day sale at our Pro Shops, from June 11th to the 17th.  Thanks for all you do!

For a sampling of what is on sale at the various golf courses, click here.


2019 Sun City West May Holes-In-Ones

Name Date Course Hole Yards Club
George Eberle 5-2-19 Echo Mesa 11 119 9 iron
Steve Lucas 5-9-19 Trail Ridge 7 163 5 iron
Phil Clark 5-10-19 Deer Valley 2 145 7 iron
Jack Scholz 5-13-19 Desert Trails 8 84 11 wood
Brian Lewis 5-20-19 Deer Valley 2 145 7 iron
Jim Livermore 5-20-19 Echo Mesa 12 150 4 hybrid
Ronald Dalton 5-25-19 Deer Valley 5 164 6 iron
Karen S. Hunter 5-28-19 Stardust 5 100 6 iron
Arlyn Engel 5-29-19 Trail Ridge 12 158 7 iron
Steven M. Davis 5-29-19 Trail Ridge 12 150 8 iron

2019 Sun City West April Holes-In-Ones

Name Date Course Hole Yards Club
Bob Peterson 4-3-19 Desert Trails 11 115 wedge
Sue Ritter 4-4-19 Pebblebrook 8 92 8 iron
Gary Quinlan 4-4-19 Deer Valley 17 130 9 iron
Paul St. Laurent 4-7-19 Deer Valley 17 158 5 iron
David Petersen 4-8-19 Stardust 14 157 7 iron
Mariann Hunt 4-4-19 Echo Mesa 4 121 driver
Jerry Dye 4-9-19 Echo Mesa 2 90 pw
Karen Larson 4-9-19 Desert Trails 4 78 8 iron
George Jagodnik 4-9-19 Desert Trails 11 125 9 iron
Charlie Swanson 4-13-19 Trail Ridge 12 150 8 iron
Rhonda Cook 4-14-19 Grandview 8 114 9 iron
Evelyn Dunlap 4-19-19 Echo Mesa 12 150 3 wood
Richard D. Myers 4-21-19 Grandview 8 113 9 iron
David Pfliiger 4-28-19 Echo Mesa 6 120 gw
Karl Anderson 4-29-19 Grandview 8 135 pw