My group of golfers has been traveling to the Phoenix area for a winter escape since 2000. We stumbled upon Palm Valley in 2005 as advised by a local we met while playing another course. This gentleman said that Palm Valley was one of the best places to play in the area. And he was right.
Palm Valley is a 36-hole facility with good practice facilities and a decent clubhouse and proshop. There is an executive course, the Hale Irwin designed Lakes course (par 62 with three sets of tees ranging from 3747 to 4745 yards). For a short course, it is very entertaining and usually not very crowded. The championship course, the Palms Course, was designed by Arthur Hills. Its four tee boxes provide yardages from 5300 to over 7000.
Our typical plan is to spend the day at Palm Valley. We start with a morning round the Lakes course, grab some lunch at the clubhouse, then head back out for 18 on the Palms course. Generally we can play all day and have lunch for about $100. Not a bad deal at all.
We have played the course every year from 2005 through 2009 and have our tee-times for the upcoming 2010 trip. Over the years, the condition of the course has always been excellent. The fairways are lush and green and the tees and greens are also in very good shape. The championship course has a very nice layout with no bad holes to speak of. There are very few blind shots (maybe the tee-shot on number 11; there are a couple of elevated greens to hit into, but you can always see at least the top-half of the pin).
I think this facility provides a very good value as well as great golf.