Sun City West Tidbits
Just adjacent to the City of Surprise in Maricopa County, Arizona is one of the finest retirement communities in the country, Sun City West. It's well-known for its beautiful golf courses and its fully equipped recreation centers for its residents who are usually older adults aged 55 years and above. During the 2010 census, its population was recorded at 24,535. Sun City West came about after the success of the original Sun City, a retirement community established by the Del E. Webb company.
The first Sun City was opened to the public on January 1, 1960. It only had five homes, but over 100,000 prospective buyers had turned up at the open house. This prompted Webb to expand his initial plan. Through the years, he had built several Sun Cities for elders looking to retire in the south. Many of them are snowbirds, older people who come from the north but would like to retire in the southern states of the country. Sun City West was the second community Webb's company built in the late 1970s. Later, Webb would go on to build Sun City Grand in the 1990s, the Sun City Anthem in 1999, and the Sun City Festival in 2006.
John Meeker was the president of Webb's company at the time of Sun City West's birth and he had envisioned an "Emerald Valley" to be the focal attraction of the new retirement town. He wanted to the community to be the home of the grandest and largest golf course in Arizona. He also wanted to build the largest private recreation facility in Sun City West. In 1997, more than 31,000 people from all over the country and even Canada bought homes in Sun City West where they enjoyed large recreation centers and beautiful golf courses.
If you're an avid golfer, it's best to retire in Sun City West, which operates around seven verdant golf courses. The seven includes four championship golf courses and three executive-length courses. You'll be surprised to know that the Grandview course was the host for the LPGA Legends golf tournament from 2012 to 2014. It is a par 72 championship golf course on 14260 W. Meeker Boulevard. It's Sun City West's longest and most difficult course and its Pro Shop has all the best brands at reasonable prices.
The Deer Valley golf course on 13975 W. Deer Valley Drive was designed by Greg Nash and Billy Casper. It's the newest championship, regulation-length golf course. The Deer Valley course is the shortest among the lush golf areas in Sun City West. It is best for newcomers and those who want an easier golf game. The Echo Mesa golf course on 20349 North Echo Mesa Drive is an executive course with a lake. It's perfect, not only for a golf match, but for a picnic and a family outing, especially since it is also the center of the town's Swan and Wildlife Program. The Pebblebrook course on 18836 North 128th Avenue was Sun City West's first golf course and it is home to some lakes and creeks that make the area more breathtaking.
The Stardust golf course, meanwhile, is a par 60 executive course on 12702 W. Stardust Boulevard. It was the first executive course created in Sun City West and it is well-known for its traditional style. The Trail Ridge course on 21021 North 151st Avenue was designed by Billy Casper. As a regulation course, it is considered difficult and challenging. The Desert Trails is a par 61 executive course on 22525 N. Executive Way and it offers golfers the chance to use all clubs since it has seven par 4's, making golfing in Sun City West both relaxing and challenging. You'll also find Briarwood, a private country club with a swimming pool, golf courses, and tennis courts. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Hillcrest, a public golf course that has hosted the PGA and LPGA tournaments.
Aside from playing golf, you can also bike around Sun City West. The town's bike path will take you all over the community's boundaries and around its golf courses. You can start from the traffic signal on W. Meeker Boulevard and follow the path to the next traffic light on W.R.H. Johnson Blvd. From there, you take N. Limousine Drive and turn right along W. Heritage Drive. You'll get to N. 151st Avenue until you find the route along W. Deer Valley Drive. From there, take the N. Executive Way around the Desert Trails Golf Course. You'll also be able to pass by the Corte Bella Golf Course, and you can even get off the path to drop by the Briarwood Country Club and the Hillcrest Golf Course.
Sun City West offers an array of entertainment centers and various events that will keep its residents happy. The Arizona Broadway Theater offers live music, performances, musicals, and more. The West Valley Symphony performs five concerts every year during November until March at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center. The Heard Museum, which is just 45 minutes away, is a great place to learn about Native American art and culture. Older residents who are active adults can enjoy everything Sun City West has to offer when it comes to entertainment, sports, and culture.