Sun City West is closing its golf courses due to the Coronavirus. They were the first Phoenix retirement community to proactively close their recreation centers and now they are taking the lead in shutting down their 7 golf courses. Most likely all the area retirement communities will follow suit as they did when the recreation centers were closed.
Sun City West recreation center administration made the decision Tuesday to close the golf courses. The effective date is April 14th and there is no set date to reopen.
Two private golf courses in the community plan to remain open Briarwood Country Club and Hillcrest Golf course but that could change.
The decision, to shut down Sun City West golf courses, was in part based on Gov. Doug Ducey’s “stay at home” order but not entirely in relation to social distancing guidelines issued on March 30th. The governor considers golf courses an essential business and did not order them closed in Arizona.
According to General Manager Bill Schwind, “The governor has not mandated the closure of golf courses, but we believe the time has come to take this action to protect against the coronavirus. We have taken several steps prior to this to ensure that our golfers were social distancing themselves, not touching flag poles or the cups, not renting our golf carts. We want to continue being at the forefront of this, so our courses will close on April 14.”
At this time, Sun City West Administration is aware of some positive cases within the community. But is not aware of any staff or golfers specifically testing positive.
As of Tuesday, the number of cases in Arizona was 1289, with 24 deaths. The next 2 to 3 weeks cases are expected to peak in the state.
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