6100 S Kings Ranch Rd, Gold Canyon, Arizona 85118, US
(480) 982-9090
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About Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa

Located in the East Valley of Phoenix-Scottsdale, Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa features 85 casita-style accommodations to go along with 36 holes at Gold Canyon Golf Resort. Guest rooms here are spacious, casita-style units feature private patios and fireplaces and range from king and double-queen rooms to 1 and 2-bedroom suites. There is an outdoor pool, three casual dining and bar concepts, and a full-service spa and salon. Of note is a helicopter pad on property. Gold Canyon Golf Resort features a full driving range and two championship golf courses, the Dinosaur and Sidewinder courses. Golfers can also play at nearby Superstition Mountain.

Facts

Price Range$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres400
Year Opened1982
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities

RestaurantsCasual, Bar
Room TypesRoom, Suite
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa

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4.5
372 Reviews (372)

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Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

First Time; Great Course

I've been wanting to check this course out, and booked it on their web site after seeing a decent rate on GolfNow. Usually a little too pricey for me, but getting to the time of year when deals abound.

Showed up almost an hour ahead of my tee time, and course was wide open. I was underwhelmed at first, because the facilities are a bit dated, and worn. Practice range was off mats, for some reason, even though the grass area was large and in nice shape. They said I could go when I was ready, so I hit a few balls and took off by myself. Played alone the whole time, and barely saw any o her golfers. Took my time and hit an extra ball or balls often. Pace was a non-issue.

Layout is much more scenic and interesting on the front nine, with nice views of the Superstition Mountains. Back nine is OK, but not as scenic, and a number of the holes wind tightly through tract homes.

Course conditions were excellent, with the grass in great shape throughout, and the greens receptive to approach shots. I've played too many area courses that are kind of browned-out and very hard/firm. Sidewinder was noticeably lusher and softer. Greens were in wonderful shape, and rolled fast and true. Bunkers had actual sand in them!

All in all, a nice experience and I will be back. Can't wait to try the Dinosaur course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Rock hard greens

Course is in excellent condition. Only issue is that the greens are rock hard and much too fast if you consider how much slope there is on these greens. Impossible to get anywhere near a front pin. Played here last week and saw the same condition, played early today thinking the greens would be softer , not the case.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Most beautiful course in AZ!

This is the most beautiful course I have ever played in AZ! It is located at the base of the Superstition Mountains, so lots of scenery!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful

Gold Canyon Dinosaur Mountain Course. If you enjoy great views this course is a must play. Bring your camera and do forget your patience. This is not a short course. You need to remember it's a par 70 with 6 par 3's. The original back 9 ( holes 1,2,3,4,14,15,16, 17 and 18 ) the greens are smaller and more undulating. On almost every one of the original holes long is bad so watch your GPS for pin position carefully. In the late 90's Gold Canyon built the rest of the Dinosaur Mountain holes 5 thru 13. Larger greens and less undulation. This is a course you will want to play more then once. Getting a feel of the greens will improve your score dramatically. Plus the true beauty of the area is worth the extra round.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 118
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Wonderful Mountain Course

I last played this course in 1988. It has not lost a step since then. The course was in magnificent condition. The greens were quick and undulated. The vista's were spectacular. It is everything Arizona Mountain golf should be. Great public course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Excellent Course

First time playing Dinosaur Mountain and this is one of my favorite courses I have played. Lots of Elevation changes and great views. If you play from the right tees the course is a lot of fun and you can shoot decent scores. The one downside I have for Gold Canyon is that their Driving Range needs an update. For the prices that you pay for Dinosaur Mountain hitting off an artificial mat is unacceptable. All in all though I really enjoyed the course and would play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fun Course!

Had a great time playing Sidewinder. More of a resort course so you will have houses on some fairways. There were some great views of the mountains and some moderate elevation changes. Overall in very good condition and a great tune up for Dinosaur Mountain

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Accomodating

Made the golf now reservation Friday morning and thought it was for Friday but did not look at confirmation e-mail. Ugh, it was for Saturday Jan 16. When I got there and found the mistake I made, the two attendants at the check in said "Don't worry we will find a way to get you out without messing up other guests". Sure enough there was an opening 15 minutes after original intent and enjoyed the day and honored the price I paid. That is customer service in action.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Finally got to play!

Finally decided to put some money down. It was "only" $95 which is a good rate for January. Got paired up with a couple who have played it a lot and they were essential for having a good round there. The greens are CRAZY to read. I 3 and 4 putted so many times and loved it. Defiinitely nothign like I ever faced. They had so many cool views and options to hit over. Only negative I have was the replay rate was $80. What kind of discount is that? :( I will be back again in the summer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Switched to Dinosaur and loved it.

I met Garrett at the bag drop and told him I wanted to play Dinosaur, but could only get a tee time for Sidewinder. He told me that they could get me on Dinosaur. It was my first time at Gold Canyon and a friend of mine raved about Dinosaur, so I was ecstatic to switch.

The starter got me playing as soon as I was done warming up, and that was the start to a wonderful round of golf. The weather was beautiful and so was the scenery. It was sunny with no wind.

The course takes you into the hills next to Dinosaur Mountain. That creates substantial elevation changes on several holes. The greens are fast so you should target the area below the hole on your approach. The fairways are wide enough to accommodate a little fade or draw. Water is in play on only one hole on the back 9.

I look forward to playing this course again. I played in the afternoon and 10 deer strolled across the course after 4:30 pm.

If you've never been to Gold Canyon, it's located 27 miles East of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport off HWY 60.

Merry Christmas!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Course to play if you get a deal

excellent course and great conditions if you can get a break on the green fees

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Best public course in arizona

Played all the best courses in the valley and this course is by far my favourite!!
Can't think of anything bad to say about it. Maybe the rubber matts on the range (no big deal) everything else is top notch ! You won't be disappointed if you play here.
The elevations and views are spectacular!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Enjoyed my round here

Everything was great about this course, the conditions were perfect, greens were in great shape, and cant say enough good things about the conditions. Amazing Scenery, feels like your in the middle of nowhere. Recommend this course -5 STARS

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Absolutely perfect

Fabulous course with fun and friendly staff. Both courses, sidewinder and dinasour are amazing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 46
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Target golf

Considering that this was the end of the summer, this course was in very good condition. Not a long course, but don't let that fool you. You really need to play smart here. Beautiful views throughout the course. With a summer rate, this was well worth the drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Top Course in Arizona

I did not think it was possible, but Dinosaur is just as beautiful as the Boulders. The fairways and greens were immaculate and the only negative about the course is that my concentration would sometimes waiver due to the magnificent surroundings. This course is a must if you come to Arizona to play golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful views

Omg what a beautiful course and so player friendly wish I could play here more often

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Bring something to drink

First of all I will say the course itself was nice and has some spectacular views and I am glad I played. Everything else was disappointing. The driving range has old balls and has you hitting off mats. They do not have drinking water available out on the course, which downright shameful when it is well over 100. I'm sure they do it to squeeze more money out of you. And yet we saw the beverage cart only once. There is a snack shack that you pass twice during the round where you can get an overpriced beverage of your choice ($5 for domestic beer). So in conclusion, decent course, substandard amenities. If you play, bring plenty to drink.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/06/2018

Gold Canyon is NOT worth the time. While the course has some interesting holes, it is rarely in great shape and has the WORST staff in the Southwest Section of the PGA. Lastly, check out the "NO" votes once this posts, re: Helpful. They actually have their staff thumbs down the experiences of paying customers. Do yourself a favor: Play ANYWHERE else.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great Scenery

A great course nestled in the Superstitions, overall a short course that plays long and has a variety of challenges along the way. My group will definitely return again, we want to try our luck on the Dinosaur course. Only downside was that there are no water stations along the course and it was hot out.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 87
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Dino-Mite!

Played Sidewinder last week and the greens were still healing from a recent "punching"; Dinosaur greens are S-L-I-C-K! Practice by putting downhill on your driveway and try to make the putt stop 1' before rolling into the street!

STAY BELOW THE HOLE! Took me 1 hole and four putts to figure that out!

I've played some target golf courses before (Ocean View-now Trumps Palos Verdes layout, The Champions course at The Retreat) but Dinosaur is by far the better of those two hands down!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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