Sunday, March 18, 2018

Staying at a Real Resort - Casa Grande AZ

We don't often stay at a real resort.  We have camped at many places through the years that have 'resort' in their name, but we have learned often times that means they charge more $$.

Our time at the Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort here in Casa Grande AZ has been really great.  It is a little pricey, but there are ways to make it less so.  We booked for a whole month for the monthly rate, and since this is our first time here, we got the 20% 'First Time Visitor' discount.  Those two items means it averages out to be less than $40/night.  Still pricey, but a lot more doable.

We are here because but we wanted to visit friends Steve and Karen.  The added bonus is that we have gotten to see some other friends as well:  Paul and Laura, Mary and Tom, John and Cathy, Ron and Marta, John and Greta, and Paul and Bobbi.  And friends Kirk and Susan are going to stay with us here for a few days.

We really like the Palm Creek.  It has a lot of things to do and it is a first class place.  It is a REAL resort.  There is so much to do here if you like sunshine and swimming, golf, pickleball, ping pong, softball, shuffleboard, tennis, walking, hanging out with friendly people -- the list goes on.

Here are some things we like about Palm Creek:
  • First impression:  Check in and name tags
The ground are beautiful.  The little creek winds through the property from one end to the other.  Palm trees line the creek, plus there are hundreds of more throughout the campground and on every street.

The RV check in area in large and accommodates rigs of all sizes.  Someone did some excellent planning here.  You pull up to the very long staging area, then get out and meet the greeters at the Check In table who tell you were registration is at Guest Services in the building.

Then it takes about 10 minutes to fill out paperwork, get a photo badge/ID, settle your bill, get all the information we could want and then a Ranger (guy in a golf cart) escorted us to our site.
  • Friendly people on our street and all over the park
It took less that 10 minutes at our campsite for neighbors to introduce themselves and invite us to a nightly happy hour.  We met four or five neighbors within an hour.  It is a welcoming sort of environment.
  • Wide lots/camp sites
The campsites are very large.  We could park two cars on our space if we wanted to, and still have room for our shady REI canopy, mat and chairs.
  • Ample washers and dryers in laundry facility  
We are a block away from a second pool and washer/dryer facility, and our mailbox.  It makes for a quick day of laundry with a lot of machines to use.
  • Beautiful Oasis

  • Great par 3 golf course
We don't often play 'Executive' Par three courses, but this is a very nice one.  It makes perfect sense for the people here.  Lots of folks play this course that probably would not venture out onto a municipal regulation 6500 yard course.  

This course is very inviting because it has big greens, every hole is a par three, many can reach every green on the first shot, and it is a walking course.  Pam and I have played it three times already.  We love being the first off the tee box early in the morning.  She hasn't played in a while, but has done well and enjoys it thoroughly.
Without the long par 4 and par 5's, she and I are pretty even when you take out the long shots.  Which means she is a good putter and chipper.  Its fun!
  • Big main swimming pool. Plus two other smaller ones

  •  Nice library and hobby facilities (jewelry making, woodworking, pool tables)

  • World class pickleball courts and facility
We arrived in Palm Creek the day the 'Duel in the Desert' Pickleball Tournament began.  This is the first time we have been exposed to a very well organized pickleball community.  The tournament was had hundreds of competitors and the 32 courts seemed to be always full of action.  We got to watch men and women's singles, men/women mixed at 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 levels.

Friend Steve and his partner Bill gave it a valiant effort, winning 7 or 8 matches but falling one match  shy of making it to the medal round.

It is fun to watch and even more fun to play.  I took a beginners class that might be the best two free teaching session I have even participated in.  There were 17 in the class with 5 instructors.  Reed, the main instructor ran down through his clipboard hitting all the important items ranging from safety, mechanics of hitting different shots, strategy, and the rules and scoring.  And there was a lot of 'hands-on' participation.  We broke up into groups of four and took the court for instruction and practice in warming up, dinking, serving and volleying.  I can see why the sport can be 
  • Grounds well manicured
  • Large property good for walking and biking
  • Lots of different activities:  lawn bowling, shuffleboard, tennis, water aerobics, 
  • UPS deliveries to campsite (e.g. Amazon)
Sometimes it is difficult to get mail at a campground.  This place makes it easy.  More than once we have had the UPS truck pull up to our campsite and drop off a package.  It is very convenient.
  •  Good eating places nearby
Dinner with a friends Karen and Steve, Paul and Laura at Barro's.  Might be the best pizza I've eaten. Certainly in the top two or three.
Those Arizona sunsets are pretty wonderful.  I love this particular one.

Palm Creek has been one of the nicest places we've been to.

There's a look at where we have been hanging out in March.  Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. Looks very nice! Are the pools heated? Chilly or warm?

  2. Omygosh!We are @ Sundance. Will email.

  3. Thank you Randy for the positive review on our "winter" home. I guess that's why we've been coming here for the fifth straight winter. (To Sue above, the pools are heated.)

  4. That is a very nice park. We stayed at a Western Horizons park there some years ago. I think they may be out of business now.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Nice area though and there are still some other great parks in town also.

  5. I enjoyed reading your review.

  6. Very nice resort! We will most certainly put this one on our bucket list-Thanks ffor your post Randy. The cost sounds very competitive considering the amenities. We are paying essentially the same right now for a WHOLE lot less. Jackie and I would enjoy their pickleball community.

  7. Nice resort. I'm surprised that Steve hasn't talked you in to being his pickle ball partner yet. ;c)

  8. Very nice place you are staying at. I could see why people would return and spend a long time there. Keep enjoying the good life!

  9. Thanks for the great review. Enjoyed the photos especially. We will add this park as a future winter destination for us. Enjoy!