The Lake House is Sun City’s 40,000 square-foot amenity and recreation center, and is the focal point of the community. It sits on the largest of Sun City’s 12 lakes, offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and is surrounded by eight clay tennis courts, four bocce ball courts, two pickleball courts, an amphitheater, a pavilion, and so much more.
The Lake House
The Lodge, completed in 2015, is Sun City’s second amenity center. It features an expansive ballroom for large events, a terrace with an outdoor kitchen and a fire pit overlooking the golf course 17th fairway. There are also two additional pickleball courts, outdoor workout equipment, and a second outdoor pool.
Carolina Commons Shopping Center
The Carolina Commons Shopping Center is adjacent to Sun City and offers a vast range of products and services: Harris Teeter, a nail salon, a veterinarian, a realtor, CVS, a dentist, and several restaurants and many other retail shops. The shopping center is also accessible by golf cart from Carolina Commons road or through two secured gates. Many Sun City residents leave their car in the garage and shop or go to medical appointments in their golf cart.
Carolina Lakes Golf Clubhouse
The Carolina Lakes Golf Clubhouse offers a great time for every golfer, from beginners to pros, and includes a restaurant/bar and full-service pro shop. The 18-hole, par-72 course was designed by golf course architect Tim Freeland. The public course has five sets of tees, is framed by pine, maple, and oak trees, and surrounded by natural streams and ponds. Golf Digest recognized the course as one of the “Best Courses for Under $75.” Residents receive preferred tee times and are offered discounted memberships.
There are two outdoor pools, one at each amenity center. The Lake House pool has summer visitor hours for grandchildren under 18, while The Lodge pool is for adults only. The Lake House also has an indoor pool with lap lanes, regularly scheduled fitness classes, and open swim times for children. The indoor pool is an outstanding opportunity to take kids swimming during the fall through spring months when the outdoor pools are closed.
The eight clay tennis courts adjacent to the Lake House are state-of-the-art. Along with pickleball and golf, tennis is a staple sports activity in Sun City. All of the courts are lit for those players who work during the day or just want to escape the summer heat. The Tennis Club has over 300 members, and competition ranges from strictly recreational to travel tournaments. On-campus organized play is available for all skill levels. The tennis club also has a full-time director.
There are eight pickleball courts in Sun City, two at the Lake House, two at The Lodge, and four at Water’s Edge Park. Pickleball is one of the mainstay sports activities in Sun City with play ranging from recreational pickup games, to challenge tournaments, to organized leagues. The Pickleball Club, with 500 members, provides the organizational coordination for both recreational games and structured competition. The Club also offers free lessons!
The Woodworkers Guild manages and funds operations of the Sun City woodshop for use by its members and encourages the craft of woodworking among its members by sponsoring programs, exchanging information, and other relevant activities. The facility regularly adds new and updated equipment. Experts are on hand to assist with projects and to ensure safe operation of the power tools.
There are over 30 miles of sidewalk, walking trails, and cycling trails throughout the community, some bordering the Catawba River. Most of the walking/cycling are paved, but even the gravel trails are regularly graded and maintained. Most of the trails are bordered by mature trees, perfect for running, walking, cycling, or birdwatching.
There are four bocce ball courts adjacent to the Lake House. With well over 500 members, the Bocce Club provides a framework for all SCCL residents to have fun playing bocce ball in league and non-league play. The club organizes league tournaments throughout the year.
There are 12 lakes throughout Sun City where residents and their guests can fish (catch and release), sail remote controlled sailboats, or sit and enjoy the view. In addition to having a pier behind the Lake House, Lake B has a fishing dock and boat launch for canoes and kayaks. The Lake house pier has Adirondack chairs where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the lake while you watch the sunset.
The softball field is at Water’s Edge Park. The ballfield itself is impeccably maintained by Softball Club volunteers. There are dugouts, an electronic scoreboard, covered bleachers, restroom facilities, and ample parking. The Softball Club (400+ members) has regular league games in addition to hosting softball tournaments and traveling to other active adult communities for softball tournaments.
Within Sun City, there two Community Gardens made up of 10’ x 10’ plots where residents can grow vegetables and flowers. One garden section is at Water’s Edge Park and the other is near the dog park. Both garden areas have easy access and ample parking. The 200+ Community Garden Club members enjoy friendships, exchange ideas, and work together to enhance the gardening experience.
Canoe and Kayak Center
The Canoe and Kayak Center is along the Catawba River. The facility itself has a secure storage facility for canoes and kayaks and a sheltered concrete boat launch to the Catawba River. The Canoe-Kayak Club organizes trips to lakes and rivers near and far in both Carolinas and beyond.
The Dog Park is actually two adjacent fenced areas that separate the large dogs from the small dogs. There are covered benches where dog owners visit while the dogs run and play off-leash safely away from traffic. There is a saying that a dog may be man’s best friend, but a dog’s best friend is always another dog. Dog owners understand this and appreciate the joy they bring to their dog with regular play dates at the Dog Park.
The Grandparents Park is a great place to take younger kids. While the kids play, you can sit on a nearby bench or visit at a picnic table in the shade. Or you can walk the kids down to the Lake B dock to watch the fish, geese, and turtles. The kids love the swing sets and playground equipment. There is even a restroom facility. The Grandparent Park is a favorite destination for both kids and grandparents.
Sun City Carolina Lakes Waterfall
Whether you’re driving north or south on Highway 521, when arriving in Sun City you will be greeted by the waterfall entrance maintained year-round with extensive landscaping. When Sun City residents give directions to their visiting friends, they most often say, “You will see the waterfall at the front gate. You can’t miss it.” The waterfall is a distinguishing feature of Sun City and sets the tone for the quality and beauty of the common areas throughout the community.