Welcome to Sun City, Arizona
Welcome to Sun City, Arizona
Sun City, Arizona also know as the “City of Volunteers” was founded in 1960 by Del E. Webb Development Company. The community called Sun City was the first active adult retirement community in the nation. Inspired by the success of nearby Youngtown, a retirement community established in 1955, Del Webb decided to take this concept to a new level by creating a self-sustaining community that would be all encompassing with affordable housing and active living recreation.
In the late 1950s Del E. Webb Development Company bought 20,000 acres of land just to the west of Youngtown, Arizona. The area was once known as Marinette and was primarily used for farming cotton. In 1959 Del E. Webb Development Company began to create the community, first building a shopping center, then a golf course and a recreation center. Although it would have made sense of Del E. Webb Development to keep the name “Marinette” after the cotton community, however, Del Webb decided to launch a nationwide contest to find the perfect name. Legend has it that Mr. Webb himself picked the winning name after seeing it among thousands of entries they received.
Sun City sold 2,000 homes in its first three years of marketing and attracted over 100,000 visitors in the first three days of the grand opening. Sun City’s initial success made it into national news from printed articles TV shows, including the 1962 cover of Time Magazine. As the population grew in Sun City, so did the need for commercial growth such as shopping and health care. In 1969 Boswell Hospital broke ground after a successful community fund drive raised $1.2 million as a donation to James G. Boswell Foundation to build the facility. Today, Sun City is made up of nearly 40,000 population, 11 golf courses, and the largest concentration of recreational facilities in the United States.
If you are looking for the simple life in a easy maintenance condominium or an upscale a golf course home, Sun City has a little bit of something to fit any lifestyle. Sun City offers a variety of lifestyle amenities between 7 Recreation Centers, 8 private golf courses, 3 public, fitness centers, lap and swimming pools, 2 blowing alleys, miniature golf, boating and fishing, shuffle boards, tennis and racquet ball, dancing, softball plus 130 chartered clubs including arts and crafts, dance, exercise, social and theater to name a few.
- Bell Center Recreation: lap pool and library
- Fairway Center: recently renovated has a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor walking, lap and walking pool
- Lakeview Recreation Center: enjoy a walk along the shore of Viewpoint Lake, also features tennis courts
- Marinette Center: tennis, pickle ball and swimming
- Mountain View Center: auditorium for performances
- Oakmont Center: the first recreation center built in Sun City has a salt water pool
- Sundial Center: special needs swimming pools, chartered clubs and home to the Sundial Auditorium
Sun City also enjoys music and entertainment. They have the Sun City Concert Band which features 124 musicians, the Sun City Pop’s Band, Sun City Chamber Orchestra, All Star Big Band, Rhythm Ramblers big dance band, Sun City Players Community Theater, the Desert Aires Barber Shop Chorus and the Sun Cities Symphonic Chorus. This and many other organizations are fabulous additions to an already active community!
Golfing in Sun City
There are 11 premium golf courses in Sun City offering guests and residents of all skill an opportunity to enjoy golfing in Arizona.
- Willowbrook Golf Course: an 18-hole course designed by George & Tom Fazio in 1973.
- Willow Creek: an 18-hole course designed by George & Tom Fazio in 1973.
- Union Hills Country Club: an 18-hole course designed by Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin in 1974.
- Riverview Golf Course: an 18-hole semi-private course designed by Jeff Hardin in 1972.
- Palmbrook Country Club: an 18-hole course designed by Jeff Hardin in 1973.
- Lakes – East and West Golf Courses: the 18-hole Lakes Golf Courses where opened in 1964.
- North Course Golf Course: an 18-hole course designed by Del Webb Corp in 1960.
- Quail Run Golf Course: a 9-hole course designed by Jeff Hardin in 1977.
- South Course Golf Course: an 18-hole course designed by Milton Coggins in 1962.
- Sun City Country Club: an 18-hole course designed by Milton Coggins in 1966
Sun City Volunteers “City of Volunteers”
Since the beginning Sun City has been known for its community involvement and earned the nickname “City of Volunteers” for a reason. The community remains unincorporated even forty years later and has relied heavily upon its residents for their volunteer services. The people of Sun City give their time in a variety of ways from health-care to keeping the streets clean. The Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City assists the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office which has been a major contributing factor to maintaining one of the lowest crime rates in the nation.
The citizens of Sun City also oversee the community’s civic groups: The Recreation Centers of Sun City, Inc., the Sun City Home Owners Association and the Sun City Taxpayers Association.
Those who are new to the area and are interested in becoming an active volunteer can stop by the Visitors Center to fill out an application. Volunteering has been a vital part to the overall success of Sun City, Arizona. Sun City Visitors Center is located at 16824 N 99th Ave (in the Bell Recreation Center). Open Monday through Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM (Summer hours: between Memorial Day and Labor Day – Monday through Saturday 9 AM to 12:30 PM)
Located in Sun City are a variety of active adult medical facilities, ranging from independent apartment living, continued care, assisted living, skilled nursing and specialty care facilities. Just to the west of Sun City is Del E Webb Memorial Hospital, as well as Sun City Boswell Hospital. In addition, Phoenix is the home to Barrow Institute and Mayo Clinic. Surrounding the hospitals are many private doctor’s offices, clinics and other medical facilities.