Ten lakes, eight miles of streams, and the Catawba River—Sun City Carolina Lakes lives up to its name.
Take the Sun City Carolina Lakes tour
The South Carolina community of Sun City Carolina Lakes is an active-adult development, home to some 5,000 friendly people. The community is nationally known for the rich and diverse lifestyle it offers. It is a place where you can enjoy life, take up new or stale hobbies, and do the things you never dreamed you would have the chance to do.
Sun City Carolina Lakes features the Charlotte area’s most comprehensive amenity package.
Just past the entry to Sun City stands the impressive Lake House, a landmark on Del Webb Boulevard and the heart of the community. Its 40,000 square feet serve as a meeting place for the more than 140 clubs and 60 aerobics, yoga, Zumba, and aquatic classes offered here. It is also the scene of cooking and fitness classes. Its ballroom often echoes with the buzz of lectures and the sound of live music—timeless oldies, rock and roll, even jazz standards and classical music. Many popular dances feature a wide range of musical genres.
Around the corner from the ballroom is a favorite meeting place: The Lake House Café. You can sip coffee and chat with friends, or you can grab a quick sandwich or snack.
Beyond The Lake House lie the tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and an 18-hole golf course. The Tavern on the Lakes, located in the golf clubhouse, is another popular gathering place. Try the blackened salmon wrap with fries.
Along the way, detour onto one of the streets lined with red maples or oaks. Some neighborhoods contain large homes; some, smaller homes. Others contain villas and carriage homes. All sit on neatly trimmed lots. The community is a lovely place to live and a lovely place for your children and grandchildren to visit.
Golf cart traffic
Back on Del Webb Boulevard, view the lush landscaping on each side of the winding, softly rolling roadway. To the right and to the left, the view is magnificent. On a typical day, bikers, joggers, and walkers with their dogs are busy enjoying the outdoors. Golf carts are a common method of transportation on the streets, so please slow down a bit. Grandkids belted in the rear seats of the carts laugh and wave at oncoming cars. They love it when you wave back.
Farther up the hill, at the corner of Sun City Boulevard, sits a second community center. The brand new facility, The Lodge, features the largest ballroom of its type in the Charlotte region, with a stage, state-of-the-art sound and video, and capacity for more than 1,000 occupants. The facility features an adult-only pool and a covered outdoor pavilion with grills. The pavilion opens to a sizable patio, a large gas fire pit, and panoramic views of the Carolina Lakes 17th hole. The Lodge also hosts popular concerts, dances, lectures, and plays, plus musical acts and comedians who tour the East Coast.
More lifestyle amenities
The roadway to the left of The Lodge takes you to the Dog Park and the Woodworking Shop. To the right lies the River Park and pavilion on the banks of the Catawba. The canoe and kayak center provides a locked storage area where boaters can store their watercraft.
Nearby are more Pickleball courts, the softball field, and horseshoe pits. There are garden plots too, where those with a yen to “farm” can dig in the soil.
Sun City Carolina Lakes was developed by Del Webb as a community for active adults 55 and older. As such, it offers a wealth of amenities and benefits to enrich your lifestyle—a combination far greater than other active-adult communities in the Charlotte region. A quick glance below, and you can see why Sun City Carolina Lakes is considered a top choice for active adults searching for an exciting lifestyle in the Charlotte region.
Area’s most comprehensive amenity package
You might expect tennis courts, Pickleball courts, and walking trails in the community, but Sun City Carolina Lakes is the region’s only active-adult community with a combination of these many features:
- Two club houses
- Two ballrooms
- A public golf course designed by architect Tim Freeland
- Three swimming pools (one reserved for adults only)
- Woodworking shop
- Pottery studio including wheels and a kiln
- Softball field
- Horseshoe pits
- Dog Park
- Pickleball courts at three sites
- Eight Har-Tru tennis courts
- Over 140 clubs (ask us for a complete list of clubs and amenities)
- Workout room and fitness center
- Charlotte area’s only 55+ indoor walking track
- Catawba River access and waterside pavilion
- A secure canoe and kayak storage facility
- Ten lakes
- Eight miles of walking trails
- Grandparents Park for the youngest members of your family
- Del Webb public library
Har-Tru courts are perfect for active adults
On a warm day—and often on a chilly day—you’ll find tennis players of all skill levels swinging their racquets on the eight tennis courts in Sun City Carolina Lakes. You can’t miss the tennis courts. They are on your left, just beyond The Lake House, swimming pool, and bocce courts.
As with most amenities in the community, the tennis courts were designed for active-adult players. The surface of the courts consists of all-weather Har-Tru Green Clay, a substance composed not of clay, but of crushed stone.
The environmentally safe surface is far more durable, more consistent, than are its European clay court counterparts.
For a number of reasons, you’ll find Har-Tru is especially ideal for active adults. It offers numerous benefits:
- Reduces risk of injury
- Offers an easier-on-the-body characteristic than other surfaces
- Maintains a cooler surface temperature during hot days
- Produces a slower ball speed for a more enjoyable game
- Extends the length of a person’s playing career
The Sun City Carolina Lakes tennis pro, Eddie Chin, has been teaching for 11 years and coaches a number of high school players from the greater Charlotte area. He played USTA tennis for 25 years and was ranked number 8 in North Carolina at his level.
Eddie, a very popular and valuable asset, teaches private and semiprivate lessons. He frequently arranges clinics with Tim Wilkison, former touring pro who won a number of titles in his 25-year career. Many residents have attended and enjoyed the clinics. In addition, Eddie maintains the courts daily and strings rackets for our residents.
The courts are available to all residents. The most active tennis fans, however, are members of the Sun City Carolina Lakes Tennis Club, which is composed of many levels of players. Some are quite competitive and have won state tournaments in their brackets; others play for the joy of the game.
The club and its members sponsor a number of activities, events, and parties throughout the year. Some are primarily tennis, some primarily social, and many combine the two. There’s always room for new members.
Charlotte’s only 55+ with a golf course
The Carolina Lakes golf course winds through the community of Sun City Carolina Lakes. The privately owned golf club is open to Sun City residents as well as to the public.
Golf enthusiasts will note that the golf course was nominated for the Golf Digest Best New Courses for Under $75. The course is well maintained with the best greens and the best par 3s in the area.
Four Sun City groups have organized their own Sun City golf clubs. There are clubs for both men and women playing 9- and 18-hole games. The clubs hold tournaments with other golf clubs in the Charlotte area—and social events too.
Water’s Edge Softball Stadium
Softball is serious fun. Just ask the members of the Softball Club at Sun City Carolina Lakes. On any given afternoon, April to October, you might find a practice session in full swing or an exciting double header at the softball stadium in Water’s Edge Park. The stadium is unique among 55+ communities in the Charlotte region.
The stadium itself contains bleachers that seat 188 fans, a tall scoreboard that blazes out the status of the game, and dugouts, of course. Wednesdays are special. On that day, fans seated at tables set around the edge of the stadium can munch on vendor-perfect hot dogs and snacks while cheering for their favorite teams and heroes. The park is accessible by both automobile and golf cart.
The Softball Club also may be unique to active-adult communities. Its roster consists of 136 players divided among nine teams. They welcome all skill levels, both men and women. The teams compete against one another, as well as against other local teams. In addition, traveling teams play teams in Charlotte and in various areas of North and South Carolina.
Ten lakes: “Catch & release.” Model Yacht Club. Kayak & canoe…
Yes. Ten lakes! Sun City Carolina Lakes lives up to its name.
Add to that the eight miles of streams, the Catawba River shoreline, and the challenge of sport fishing. The waters are a prized part of the community.
The jewel of Sun City, however, is the 17-acre lake commonly called Lake B, whose wooded shoreline winds along the back of The Lake House, down to the picturesque bridge on Del Webb Boulevard, and past the backyards of many homes. Some days you will see ducks on the water; on other days, model yachts will be racing along the shoreline near Grandparents Park.
All ten of the City’s lakes are manmade. A very young man, whose father once owned the farm where Sun City now stands, spent half a century fishing, hunting, and searching for arrowheads on the land. He had a passion for fishing—and for building ponds to stock with the fish he hoped to catch. Using his father’s farm equipment, he built Lake B and some of the other nine lakes. His exasperated father was quoted as saying, “Son, if you build one more lake, you will submerge the farm.”
For those moved to cast and reel away the day, the lake is lovingly, professionally maintained.
After all this time, the lakes remain stocked with fish. They include largemouth bass, minnows that eat mosquito larvae, and grass-eating carp that keep algae and other damaging plants at bay. Grandchildren enjoy the easy-to-catch sunfish and bluegills.
From April through September, the community’s Sport Fishing Club works with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to conduct free family fishing clinics. The clinic is open to both young and old who wish to learn, or review, the basics of fishing. Lessons cover how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast, fish, and more.
Although the lakes may be a major attraction at Sun City, the wildlife around the water forms a paradise for nature lovers. Large turtles, herons, and other water birds fly in and out each day. The same is true of the Catawba River, where you can fish and spot wildlife, as well as paddle your kayak or canoe.
A stream along the wooded Arrowhead Trail is one of many other places that delights hikers with its water views. On a lucky day, you might also sight deer, birds, and other critters that wander through the woods.
Fortunately, the young man who built lakes so many years ago did not submerge Sun City, as his irritated father had predicted. In fact, the ten lakes are now a thriving source of pride and pleasure for residents of Sun City Carolina Lakes, especially for those who enjoy fishing, nature, or a calming view of the water.
Benefits paid by the homeowners association
Do the things you wish, the things you find interesting. You need not worry; your home will retain its value because the HOA takes care of your yard, as well as provides you with a long list of additional services:
- Maintenance-free yards, including mowing front and back yards
- Maintenance of all common areas
- Free use of all amenities except golf course (but not individual club dues or admissions to certain events)
- Semiweekly garbage pickups
- Weekly recycle pickups
- Basic cable TV access from Comporium
- Full-time lifestyle director and events coordinator
- Staff tennis pro
- Professional property management company
- Attendants at entrance gates
Could a golf cart be your second car?
Sun City Carolina Lakes is the only 55+ community in the region with golf cart access to all of these essential stores and services:
- Multiple eateries, including the best barbecue restaurant in the region
- Harris Teeter grocery store
- Medical center
- CVS Pharmacy
- Hair and nail salons
- Three physical therapy locations
- Golf practice range and 18-hole golf course
- Water’s Edge Softball Stadium
- Del Webb Library
- UPS store
- Dry cleaner, and more
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