Palm Valley Golf Club
Palm Valley opened in 1989 as the first of the three
courses. This par-72 course is the Golf-Summerlin's longest, playing
to 6,580 yards, and its rating/slope of 72/127 also ranks it as
the toughest. The mature layout is neatly manicured with undulating
fairways and rolling greens. Palm Valley's four par 5's are short
to medium in length; the longest two open and close the round. The
1st hole measures 537 yards; the 18th plays 534 yards. The finishing
hole is a slight dogleg right with water to the right from tee to
green and out-of-bounds left, so a premium is placed on accuracy.
Fairway bunkers left also come into play, and the green is further
guarded by bunkers left and back. The 177-yard 3rd hole is the shortest
of the four par 3s. The 16th hole plays a demanding 229 yards to
an elevated green guarded by three bunkers left and a sharp drop
off to the right. Palm Valley's ten par 4s give players a good chance
to try out all their shot-making skills. The par 4s measure nicely
across the spectrum from the shortest, the 343-yard 14th hole, to
the longest, the 454-yard 5th hole that is rated the toughest on
the course. Water extends from the tee about 50 yards out, while
the fairway doglegs right and five bunkers right guard the turn.
The green is well-protected by three bunkers tight and in back.