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Guest Policy

Guests of all ages
The Recreation Centers of Sun City West is a private, not-for-profit corporation. Your guests are welcome here, however as all facilities are private and for the exclusive use of Association members, your guests are required to follow all rules of the Association. Their presence shall not interfere with the peaceful enjoyment of the facilities by the members.


Guest Policy & Member Credit



¨ A Guest Fee is required for participation by a guest in all activities, with the exception of bowling and golf, where separate guest fees are charged.

¨ Adult guests not accompanied by a host member or tenant member must present the host’s valid Association card. The appropriate fee will be deducted from the host’s Member Credit account. With this payment, the guest will receive a printed receipt from the monitor. The receipt must be retained for the remainder of the day and will serve as evidence of payment for that guest(s), who may then use other facilities for the remainder of the day at no additional charge (excluding golf and bowling).

¨ Guests under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times

· Member Credit can be added at the Member Services office during regular working hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m or by calling 623-544-6001.

· Member Credit can also be added at Grandview Golf Course during regular operating hours, usually between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., excluding some holidays.

· Members and tenants may request a special needs card from the Member Services Office; the waivers are issued for specific time periods. Call (623) 544-6031 or send your e-mail request to:

· Member Credit may only be purchased by a member, associate member or tenant. They are available in increments of $1. These funds have no expiration date.

· Each guest who pays the daily fee may use all facilities available to him/her on the day of payment. (Guests may not check materials out of the Library.)

· Golf and bowling do not require a Guest Fee, but guests must be sponsored by a member. Appropriate guest golf rates must be paid for each use.

· Sun City West residents who are not members of the Association may NOT use the facilities as guests. If they are living in the household of a member, they may purchase an Associate Membership.

  1. Linka Feedler says:

    HI, my grandma is a member. Do you rent out the banquet room at the Sun Ridge rec center for wedding receptions?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Linka. We assume you mean Palm Ridge? The Scheduling Desk can help you out with all of our policies regarding room rentals. Give them a call at 623-544-6032 or 623-544-6129.

  2. Hi, I have a question on SCW residents under the age of 55. If my adult child (over the age of 19) comes and lives with me, it is my understanding that they can not use the Rec centers as a guest, because they are a resident. So can they pay the annual fee and get the rec center card? If they pay that fee does that mean they would also be able to join clubs and partake in all the activities that the rec centers have to offer?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Beth. An adult child over the age of 19 living on your property can become an Associate Member, which is an annual card at the current rate of $445. They would have all of the same rights as an Owner Member, except they cannot vote in Association elections.

  3. Can you explain the difference and use of a member’s digital guest fee account and guest vouchers ?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Charlie. Thank you for the question, which alerted us to some outdated terminology on our website. We now use “Member Credit” to describe the “member’s digital guest fee account” and no longer sell guest vouchers. The page has been updated. Thanks again.

  4. Christine Hedberg says:

    Is there a limit to the number of guest visits made to our rec center facilities? For example, could a resident bring the same guest to the pool several times a week for an indefinite period?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Christine. There is no limit as to how many times you can bring a guest to our facilities as long as the daily fee is paid.

  5. Bob Albert says:

    My wife and I are staying in my uncles house for a month, he was moved to a care facility couple years ago. He has two pink guest cards he left for guests what is process to use them?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Bob. The pink guest cards are still good, but will likely not be forever as they are very old. To utilize them, you’ll need to take your uncle’s current rec card, plus a pink guest card to the facility you want to use. They will stamp one line on the pink guest card, per person, per day, which is good for all facilities for that day.

  6. Theresa Goergen says:

    Hi. My husband and I are considering buying a house in Sun City West. How does the REC fee work? Is it per person, or per household? How much? Thanks.

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Theresa, the rec fee for fiscal year 2017/18 is $445 per person, per year. Adjustments are made via our budgeting process which will be finalized in May for the new year beginning July 1. We hope you find a home here in Sun City West!

  7. I live in surprise just across grand and park view. My question is would I be able to purchase a Recreation card for use of the pool? There are none available in my immediate community. And I am a “senior”

    • Multimedia says:

      I’m sorry Sally, but Rec Centers of Sun City West facilities are reserved for the exclusive use of dues paying Owner Members with a valid Rec Card, Tenants with an Activity Card and the guests of those mentioned.

  8. I am thinking about moving to sun city west. I would like to rent a house for a while before buying.My question to you is, would my adult daughter and son in law be able to live with me. There will be no one younger then 19 years old.

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Jamie. One person living in each residence must be 55 years of age or older. After that, as long as nobody is under the age of 19, you would be fine. For additional clarification, give Member Services a call at 623-544-6001.

  9. Hi…I plan on living part time in Sun City. I will be renting and everything will be in my landlord’s name. Will I still be able to purchase a recreation card so I can use the facilities? If so, how will I be able to prove my residency to obtain one? Thanks!

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Tom, first want to verify that you meant Sun City West? If so, than yes. Bring your signed lease to Member Services at R.H. Johnson Rec Center and staff there will guide you through the process. The landlord’s Owner Member card for the rental property will be inactivated while your Tenant Activity Card is active. If you have additional questions you can give Member Services Manager Debra Long a call at 623-544-6001.

  10. Kate King says:

    I am caring for my father who lives on Aleppo Drive. The people who are keeping my car at their house in Maryland can no longer do it, so I most likely will need to bring it to SCW. However, my dad already has 2 cars in the garage.
    Will I be able to park my car on the street in front of his house or leave it in his driveway?


    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Kate, as a rule in Sun City West, it is permitted to park your vehicle in the driveway or in the street. However, if your father lives in one of the smaller, connected units on Aleppo, you should check with his HOA.

  11. Diane Mayer says:

    I’m not a resident but understood there is a separate fee to join Explorer Club. Please advise these details.
    Thank you

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Diane, not sure what Explorer Club is. We do have an adult learning program called Explore! in which you can take classes of various types for a fee. Let us know if you have more questions.

      • Diane Mayer says:

        Hello Multimedia!
        Yes, Explore is what this lady spoke of. Please send me all details.

        Thank you

        PS Does that in life line dancing?

  12. Denise A Lestor says:

    If someone is renting in Sun City West for a month how do they obtain use of the SCW facilities?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Denise, this article should give you all of the information you need. Keep in mind that there must be one Owner Member card on the property for each Tenant Activity Card to be issued. Thanks for writing and welcome.

  13. Lydia Harry says:

    Is there a time limit a guest may stay with me?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi there Lydia, the only limits on guests would be those for children under the age of 19. From our New Member packet “One member of the household must be at least 55 years of age, and no one younger than 19 may reside in Sun City
      West. Visiting children may not stay for more than a total of 90 days in a one-year period.” If you have more questions, feel free to contact member services at 623-544-6100. They would be happy to assist you!

  14. Skip Knolle says:

    I seem to have misplaced my rec card? How do I obtain a replacement?

    • RCSCW PR says:

      Hi Skip. Please come in to Member Services, located in the RH Johnson Rec Center, 19803 RH Johnson Blvd., between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. There is a $10 charge to reprint a lost card.

  15. Deb Palen says:

    I live in SCW and I have a Rec card. I have put money on my guest account. Is there somewhere online that I can check the balance in my guest account?

    • RCSCW PR says:

      Deb, you can check at any pro shop or Member Services, and they can pull that info up for you via the POS. For now, it is not available online, but that functionality is coming soon. We will email you privately with your balance in the meantime.

  16. Is there a way to play in the men’s golf leagues if I lived outside SCW?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Andrew, you can play in our Men’s League I believe 3 times a year as a member’s guest, but other than that, no. You’ll just have to move to beautiful Sun City West! Have a great day and thanks for writing.

  17. Candace Warner says:

    I recently moved in with my 92 year old mother here in Sun City West. I do not use any of the facilities, (ie golf,etc). She thinks I need a “rec card” to just live with her. Eventually, I might decide to get a card to swim. But I can’t afford it right now. Is she correct? Thank You

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Candace, you may live with your mother without a Rec Card, but you can’t use the facilities as a “guest” of your mother as long as you live in SCW. Once you decide to get a rec card so that you can use the facilites, you’ll do so as an Associate Member with the same fees as an Owner Member. Just stop by Member Services between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and the ladies there will be happy to help you! Welcome to Sun City West.

  18. Sarah Koehn says:

    How can I find the amount of credit on my guest card via email or must I go to a facility? Is the amount charged still $3.00 per day? Thank you.

  19. My grand kids are visiting over Thanksgiving week and want to play golf with us. Where can we rent kids golf clubs? Thank you kindly,

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Terri, I’m so sorry, we asked Golf Ops and Reid West and are told that there are no kids golf clubs available from our facilities for rental.

  20. Beverley Stratton says:

    Tell me about the baseball (softball?) field near Kuentz on RH Johnson. Is it for the exclusive use by what group(s)?
    If my son and grandson wanted to practice there while visiting, and there is nobody else using the field, is that allowed, or is always off-limits to residents other than who?
    If it’s exclusive, who pays for the maintenance (upkeep)?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Beverly, sorry about the delay in responding. I had to get in touch with the proper person to be able answer your questions accurately. Residents may use Liberty Field to practice any time the Softball Club isn’t using it for league play. We have had grandparents come out at the end of the day and have batting practice or play catch with their grandchildren. During the week (except Wednesday) league softball games start early, but are done by 4 p.m. Wednesday the field is closed all day for maintenance. After they cut the outfield they apply chemicals to the grass and we like to keep people off of it at that time. Sometimes there are traveling team practices or other games on the weekends, including tournaments, but any time it’s empty, please tell your son and grandson they’re welcome to use it!

  21. Al Rodriguez says:

    Today we were going to play tennis at 7:00 A.M. one of our players is a home owner but forgot to bring his rec card and was told he had to go home and get his rec card. None of us had any problem with that but what didn’t make sense is that one of our players had a guest rec card so we said just use that and save a trip home and avoid delaying our play. The supervisor there at RH Johnson tennis courts said if you are a homeowner you cannot use a guest card to play. It would seem that if that policy if true it is counter productive, if we used a guest card eventually we would have to purchase another guest card thus creating a revenue stream. If this policy is true it might seem it’s is worth reviewing.

    • Hi Al. Thanks for your comment. Your point is well taken, but in fact the supervisor is correct. Please refer to Bylaw (“In no event shall an Owner Member, Associate Member, or a tenant who does not hold a Tenant Activity Card, in good standing or not, or a resident who is eligible for elective membership, be extended the use of Association recreational facilities as a guest of another.”) The reason for this exclusion is to ensure that all residents who are living in Sun City West are partaking in the community and paying dues to use the facilities, not cherry-picking what they want to use and not use and turning Sun City West into a cafeteria-style community. The community relies on the predictable revenue stream of all the residents. If we started doing a pay-as-you-go system for residents, it would be impossible to predict revenues and manage the facilities. Sure, a one-time allowance for your friend to play as a guest makes sense and is convenient, but a monitor doesn’t know if you’re doing this once or abusing the system. So we have to apply the rules fairly and consistently to everyone. It may not seem to make sense at the time, when you’re in a hurry to get on the court and play, but there is a reason behind the madness. :o) We hope you understand.

  22. Michael McRae says:

    I would like to see news about the SUN CITY WEST AGRICULTURE CLUB in the news letter as good things happen there to. Like when a garden is open for new people to join and do gardening for them selves. This is an over looked club and I would like to see more about it.

    Thank You

    • RCSCW PR says:

      Thank you for your comment, Michael. The publicity department makes a concerted effort to report the news concerning the activities of the 100+ organizations and chartered clubs within our community, however it is a challenge to be everywhere and see everything going on. Therefore, we rely upon club members to notify the publicity services office if they have news to report. If you or any other person in the Agriculture Club has information or photographs they wish to share, you are welcome to forward them to, for inclusion in the eNews, on Facebook, or in the Rec Center News.

  23. Connie Walt says:

    We are looking at renting a home in Corte Bella, are there any reciprocal privileges with any of the rec centers in your atea@

    • RCSCW PR says:

      Hello, Connie – In response to your inquiry, there are no reciprocal privileges at any of the recreation centers. Persons who live outside of Sun City West may, however, play golf, bowl, or attend performances at the Stardust Theater.

  24. One area of this Rec Center site quoted guest fee for kids at $2.70; this page quotes $3.00 ??
    Are the previously purchased ‘punch cards’ for Guests still valid?

    • Hi. The guest fee is now $3. Please let us know where you saw it on the website at $2.70 so we can update it! Any previously purchased pink punch cards are still valid – one punch per visitor per day.

  25. Shelia Sellers says:

    What is the price of the guest fees per day?

  26. Nancy Sheehan says:

    June 28/13

    We have a house in SCW and have friends that would like to come down and rent a house (not ours) for a couple of months this winter. They would like to know what they would pay so that they could use the facilities and what facilities would be available to them.

    Would you please email back with the information or let us know who we should email and ask?

    Thank you.

    Bob & Nancy Sheehan
    Summerland, B C

    • RCSCW PR Assistant says:

      Good morning, Bob and Nancy, and thanks for your inquiry! If your friends were to come down and lease a home in SCW, they would pay $65 per person each month they are here to have access to the same amenities as our owner members — which of course includes being able to use the Library; Beardsley, Kuentz, Palm Ridge and R.H. Johnson rec centers; and play at any of our seven semi-private golf courses at the same reduced rates our owner members pay for their golf outings. Additionally, they will have “first access” to many of Sun City West’s entertainment offerings — just as our full-time residents do before ticket sales are opened to the “outside” community.

      To get their tenant cards, your friends will simply need to bring their lease paperwork and payment into the Membership Office at Johnson Rec Center. If there are other questions, Sandy in Member Services would be happy to answer them! Just email her at

  27. judy blankenship says:

    We have a guest coming to visit and he loves to play golf, but we do not. Can he rent clubs or does he have to have his own? Also is there anyway we could hook him up with someone so he would have a partner to play with? We do not seem to have any friends that golf either. thank you for any help you might give me.
    Judy Blankenship

    • RCSCW PR says:

      Hi Judy. Your friend can rent clubs. For rate information and tee time availability, please call 623-544-6022. The friendly folks at our call center and pro shops can also talk to you about the possibility of getting your guest in with other players.

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