Sun City West, Arizona
History of Sun City West
Sun City West, AZ – Sun City West, is the premier retirement golf community in Arizona. Sun City West is a self-contained and self-governed community with recreation, shopping, places of worship, and a nationally ranked hospital.
The unparalleled success of the Del Webb Corporation’s first master-planned community for active adults, Sun City, led to its beginning a new community in 1978 in the desert two miles to the West – Sun City West. Looking at the desolate desert, an early rancher declared “this country isn’t fit for raising anything but lizzards.”
John Meeker, President of the Del E. Webb Development Company, had a different vision for the land. He saw a new, larger community with facilities unmatched elsewhere. At its core, an “Emerald Valley” would be the focal point as the “largest course development project in Arizona history got underway”. Adjacent to it would be a recreation center, “the largest private facility for recreational and creative activities in Arizona.”
In less than a quarter century the desert yielded to Meeker’s vision. By 1997, 31,000 people had come from the 50 states, Canada and other countries to make Sun City West their home.
With construction completed in Sun City West the Del Webb Corporation opened nearby Sun City Grand.
OPEN FOR TOURS!
Stop into Sun City West, Arizona – We are open for tours daily! We are also accepting applications and deposits for move-ins – Please see a staff member for available special offers!