Golf courses are closing because they can’t afford to stay open. High costs of water for irrigation and waning interest in the sport are often given as reasons.
But golf continues to thrive in Sun City West and Sun City.
Sun City West has seven courses owned and operated by the rec centers, and there are three private courses. In Sun City their recreation centers operate eight courses and there are three private courses.
There is considerable activity on the courses throughout the year, according to officials in both communities.
Pat O’Hara, Recreation Centers of Sun City West golf manager, said RCSCW has no long-term debt and has secured water sources, and these have been problems for other courses.
Joelyn Higgins, Recreation Centers of Sun City communication and marketing coordinator, said about 300,000 rounds of golf are played on their courses each year.
Mr. O’Hara reported a similar number of golfers in Sun City West each year. He also reported at a March 8 governing board meeting that 26 percent of Sun City West residents play at least one round of golf each year. Sun City officials don’t track that.
Both communities also allow golfers from outside to play golf at a higher rate than the residents.