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Rec Centers to develop CC&R department

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West will develop a CC&R department to begin operations July 1.

The move comes following a meeting between PORA officials and RCSCW officials in which PORA expressed an interest to take over all CC&R enforcement, or do none of it. Because PORA is not a mandatory-membership organization, it does not have standing to fine on CC&R violations. The Rec Centers has that authority.

The Rec Centers delivered a notice to PORA officials on April 29 notifying them of the plan to end the current contract on June 30, which coincides with the fiscal year. Waiting longer to end the contract would have resulted in the agreement being renewed for another budget cycle.

As part of that agreement, the Rec Centers has been paying PORA about $60,000 a year and providing membership data updates to PORA to handle complaints about items such as weed growth, fence heights, etc. The Rec Centers handled age-restriction violations and legal issues arising from repeated lack of compliance.

The Rec Centers has requested PORA provide data about historical and current violations to ease the transition and provide continuity on existing cases. Per the contract, PORA will continue to receive and enforce complaints through June 30.

Additionally, the Rec Centers is broadening its relationship with the Organization of HOAs in Sun City West, as that group handles CC&R enforcement on HOA-member properties. OHOA represents about one-third of the rooftops in Sun City West.

Rec Centers’ General Manager Bill Schwind is developing a proposal for a CC&R department within the Rec Centers. That plan will be unveiled at the Board’s next workshop, which begins 9 a.m. Friday, May 10, in the Lecture Hall. As always, the community is invited to attend the workshop.


Sun City West Talent Spotlight for May

Join us Wednesdays in the Kuentz Courtyard starting at 11 a.m. for an hour of fun. These are the last two shows of the season!

Our lineup for May is:

05/01  Spicy Uckers

05/08  Grand Finale show, we will have entertainers from this season return for a two-hour show, giving you a nice variety of music.

We supply punch, cookies, watermelon and popcorn. You may bring a sandwich if you wish!

Questions? Contact Phil Dauterive at 623-544-6193.

Tour Rec Centers in May

Join Phil Dauterive for a tour of the Recreation Centers in May. Visit club room locations, plus see pools, exercise rooms and even where golf courses are located. All tours start at 9 a.m. – be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Here is a list of May tours:

Monday, May 13, Beardsley – Meet in front of Arts and Crafts Building off of 128th Avenue. Tour lasts 1 3/4 hours as we visit the Metal Club after.

Tuesdays, May 14, Palm Ridge – Meet in front of pool building. Tour lasts one hour.

Wednesdays, May 15, Kuentz – Meet in front of Stardust Theatre. Tour lasts one hour.

Thursdays, May 16, R.H. Johnson – Meet in front of Social Hall. Tour lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. (We visit ARC also)

Friday, May 17, seven golf courses – Tour starts at Grandview Golf Course on Meeker in front of the Pro Shop and lasts 2 hours.

For questions contact Phil Dauterive at 623-544-6193.  

2019 Summer Reading Club

Summertime is the perfect time to pick up a good book. Now a summer tradition much like the community puzzle, the 2019 Summer Reading Club runs from Wednesday, May 29 thru Saturday, September 7. You read for fun and prizes and you select what you wish to read. All R. H. Johnson Library print books, eBooks, CD audiobooks, and digital audiobooks qualify. In addition to drawings for a variety of fun prizes, those who participate a minimum of eight weeks will receive a coupon for one free $1 book at the Friends of the Library Book Sale on November 16. For more information and to register, stop in the library.

Putting Statistics

Number of Putts and Putting Statistics by Pat O’Hara


One of the least satisfactory statistic for expressing your putting ability is the total number of putts per round.  This is because the more greens you miss, the fewer putts you will most likely have.

The number of putts per green in regulation is a more meaningful statistic.  By using greens in regulation, you eliminate the effects of chipping close and one-putting.

However, for most golfers the number of putts per green in regulation is not always appropriate for a measurement of putting success.  This is because handicap golfers don’t hit enough greens to get useful feedback.

PUTTING STATISTICS (for tour players)

  • 99% of putts from 3 feet and in
  • 69% of 6-foot putts
  • 54% of 8-foot puts
  • 31% of putts between 10 and 15 feet

This information is meaningless for the average golfer as a foundation for their putting expectations.  The pro game and the amateur game are too different.  It is like comparing apples and oranges.

Please remember these are PGA tour results and requires a great deal of dedication and practice to achieve these percentages.  So, get out there and practice practice practice!!!

Good luck!




Summer Golf

Summer Golf

The number of rounds of golf played in Sun City West during the summer months tend to be less than those that are played in January thru April.  This is entirely due to the drastic increase in temperatures and a good portion of our residents heading back to a cooler climate.  So, with less rounds being played we limit our Player Assistant’s schedule to help with other tasks and chores rather than the normal pace of play and golf course rule enforcement.

Here are a couple thoughts on how to enjoy your next round of summer golf:

Early morning tee times become the “prime” time to play this time of year.  Golfers want to still play a round but limit their exposure to the mid-day sun.  With that said, it is imperative that each group of golfers keep up with the golfers ahead of them.  This will ensure that your round of golf will not take any longer than it should.  Instead of four hours plus rounds during peak season, a summer round should be more along the lines of 3 – 3 ½ hours on the regulation courses and even less for an executive.

During the summer heat, it is imperative to drive to your ball as much as possible.  The cart paths are continuous on each golf course and should be utilized.  Using the 90-degree cart path rule helps wear and tear on the course to optimize playing conditions while still allowing players to get to their ball.   If you see tee areas, fairways, approaches to green, rutted or worn-down areas, that is a sign of too much cart path traffic in a specific area.  Please use common sense when driving your cart in these areas and remember, keeping the carts 30 feet from all tees and greens only improves the condition of the golf course for the golfer behind you; as well as, for your next round.

A true golfer repairs ALL damage to the golf course that he/she does during a round and as well as other players if possible.  The damage to the course includes:  ball marks (yours and one other), sanding divots in fairway and rough, and raking bunkers that you or your playing partner has made.  Keep your ball repair tool handy and your sand bottles full as best you can.

The summer days can be warm but playing a well-conditioned golf course helps make your round more enjoyable.  Todd Patty and staff do a wonderful job keeping our courses looking and playing great and we as golfers need to do our part.  Remember, we have an active golf community and we need to be considerate to all that use our courses.  If you see someone who is abusing or misusing one of our beautiful golf courses, please contact Golf Operations to inform or discuss.  Playing golf in Sun City West is a privilege not a right!

RCSCW courses are private property


The weather is nice, and the golf courses are inviting for a bike ride, walk/run, golf cart ride, fishing, swimming, etc.  Golf Operations’s goal is to keep everyone safe!  Everyone includes, but not limited to, the golf maintenance crews who are out before sunrise, golfers playing at dusk and other approved construction/utility crews (non-golfers) The RCSCW Golf Courses are for GOLF ONLY!

Trespassing is defined as anyone on Golf Course property at any time, day or night, that has NOT checked in at the pro shop and paid the daily green fees.  Please always remember to have your receipt from the pro shop while playing in case you are stopped or questioned.  “No Trespassing” signs like above are located throughout all the courses.

The courses are busy places all day.  Golf course maintenance has begun and when a course is closed, it is especially important to obey the No Trespassing policy.  Heavy equipment is used during these closures and there are a lot of workers on the courses doing a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, cart path repairs.  Courses that are open or closed have sprinklers going off various times day or night.  The courses have many degrees of elevation changes that increase the risk of falling and tripping without proper lighting and equipment.  Then there is the wildlife factor of coyotes, bobcats, etc.

Please note that even though RCSCW members pay rec fees, it doesn’t give them authorization to be on any of the RCSCW golf courses nor ownership of golf course property.  The golf course should never be used for access to the back of a homeowner’s property that is located on the golf course without prior approval.

All golfers/individuals MUST have permission to enter private property to retrieve golf balls!!!  Golfers ARE RESPONSIBLE for damage to private property.

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West have several walking trails and dog parks for your convenience.  Please visit for more information.  You may find cycling routes and Urban Trail guides under “Things to Do” then “Health and Fitness”.

Your cooperation and respect of the “No Trespassing” policy is greatly appreciated.  We encourage your participation in sharing this information with your fellow residents.

To report trespassing, concerns or for more information, please contact us at

Again, please remember safety first!

RCSCW Golf Operations

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

SCW Posse volunteer opportunity

With the recent return of the Sun City West Posse, a lot of residents have shown interest in becoming a part of the Posse. We’re pleased to announce there will be a training class starting May 20 for those interested in joining us. Class will consist of a week-long classroom portion followed by in-car training. For more information call Barb Westenberg at 623-584-5808. 

As many of your fellow SCW residents already know, this is an exciting way to serve your community. We offer our sincere thank you to all of you who have been so responsive already. We’ll be pleased to have more of you join us!