We are open for all players! I hope this e-mail finds everyone healthy. With everything going on, things are constantly changing so stay patient and stay informed.
It has been announced we are opening to all players. Due to COVID-19, when we reopened on May 4, we only opened to our members. We are happy to announce this coming Monday, June 8, we will reopen to guests of members and public players. The Press Release about the latest reopening timelines of the RCSCW facilities may be found here. The two golf courses that will remain closed until October are Pebblebrook and Desert Trails. We have also started our summer course maintenance. Please click here to see the maintenance schedule for other course closures.
The Golf Operations staff is excited to have all golfers on the courses, but the reality is that we are not back to normal. We will still have precautions and safety measures put in place so we can help everyone enjoy our favorite pastime.
Items and timelines to be aware of as we move forward in getting back to quasi-normal:
The Starters at each pro shop will be available to help you place money on your member account, answer questions, and book tee times. This will complement the new credit card or member credit only procedures for green fee and cart fee payment. NO CASH will be taken or be available to make change for the range ball machine. Purchasing a range ball key might be a good way to go. They are $90 for $120 worth of balls for members and $99 for non RCSCW members.
Please note, tee times will be available for Members by calling the pro shop, online six days in advance or via lottery 7 days in advance. All lottery requests need to be submitted online or by paper by 1:00 p.m. one week in advance of date of play. All paper lottery slips must be brought to Golf Operations, located at Pebblebrook Golf Course, no later than 1:00 p.m. 7 days in advance. Public Player tee time reservations may be made 4 days in advance by calling any of our open pro shops. Each pro shop has access to all open tee sheets.
Ladies’ and Men’s League started the first week of May. No shotguns or double tee starts will be used as this helps with social distancing.
To conform to the 6’ physical separation guidelines that the CDC has recommended, the number of people in the pro shop will be limited to any staff and a maximum of 4 customers. Please follow the directions of the Starter. Golfers may call the pro shop the day of play to check in using a credit card or member credit. When the player arrives at the golf course just let the starter know you are there for your tee time. Ten-minute tee times have been implemented until further notice to help assist with the distancing compliance throughout the day. We are asking everyone to please refrain from congregating outside the pro shop, driving range and throughout the golf course. The responsibility to comply will fall on the individual golfer/group play/league play participants. Failure to comply could result in loss of golf/RCSCW privileges as well as removal of groups from the schedule.
Prepackaged food, beverages and merchandise are available for sale in the pro shops. Canned beer, bottled soda, water, candy bars, chips, etc. However, please note that all sales are final! No refunds at this time. Please remember, no outside alcohol is allowed to be brought on golf course property. Violation of this policy may result in the loss of the RCSCW’s liquor licenses.
One rider per cart will be the rule. Golf carts will be available for rent. $14 for 18 holes and $7 for twilight. Rental carts will be sanitized after each use. Walking is allowed but the golfer will either be carrying the bag or using a pull cart. Pull carts are available for rent for $3.00. Players will not be allowed to put their bag on a cart of a rider while walking. The only people allowed to ride together will be couples/individuals living together. No exceptions! Please stay on cart paths as often as possible. No medical flags will be issued. Be aware of the 30’ rule for those without medical flag needs and 15’ for those who would have medical flag usage. No driving between green side bunkers and the greens. This is something we all need to police each other on as it will determine the quality of our golf courses especially near tees and greens.
Driving ranges, practice putting greens and chipping areas will be open. Please refrain from congregating in these areas as well.
Rules on the golf courses will be the same as those we had in place at the time of closure:
Flagstick stays in hole – no need to touch flagstick
Spacer in hole to help with retrieving ball out of hole
No rakes, sand scoops, ball washers or club cleaners
On course bathrooms will be open
One cart per player now mandatory versus prior to closing
No medical flags to be issued
No tables or chairs will be available for golfers in the clubhouse or on the patio
Safety to our residents and employees is the key on all of this. Let us use our heads and keep everyone safe and healthy.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on the golf course!
Pat O’Hara, PGA
Golf Operations Manager
Hello Pat, will the rental carts be disinfected after each use or should I bring my own cleaner?
Has there been a decision regarding the extension of the expiration date of discount cards such as the Twilight card?
We purchased one month tenant passes on March 25th. We were able to use them a little over 2 weeks before courses were closed. Will we be credited the remaining time on our passes when courses reopen on May 4th?
How do you keep the restrooms open and keep the players all from touching the same water faucet handles?
Wash your hands after use!!!!
Use paper towel to shut faucet off.
When will the golf Pro Shops reopen for onsite food and beverage service? Those privileges are available locally, so why not at our golf courses?
The governor now closed all public gathering places. Does this include the golf courses?
Hi Patricia. Our golf courses are remaining open with social distancing and other safety precautions in place. For details as to which facilities will be closing due to Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent order, please read our latest press release: https://suncitywest.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/PR_New-Closures_6_29_20.pdf
The publish date on this article is April 28. Some comments are dated April 25. How does that work?
Who made the decision to close the SCW courses, the General Manager, or the Governing Board? If the Board, which Directors voted to close and which voted against closure?
I never received a response from my request about guests being able to golf.
Thank you for all you are doing for SCW golf. It’s all new to all of us and we are writing the book now. You are doing a great job. Thank you.
Why aren’t all questions being answered? Are we as property owners wasting our time asking valid questions?
A couple months ago golfers were warned that if social distancing was not observed playing privileges would be revoked and courses closed if this practice continued. Eventually the courses did close and player actions was supposedly the reason. Forward to May 26th when the Sun City West Independent was tossed in my driveway. What is on the front page, 5 pickleball players standing shoulder to shoulder with smiling faces , happy to be back at the game they love. Is no one policing them as they are golfers?
So once the courses open for guests, I can’t have my son ride with me in my own golf cart?