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 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Spectacular Views

The dinosaur course is a real gem in the East valley. Every hole is a photo op. The course was in great condition and challenging, but yet provides plenty of opportunity to score. I will definitely play this course again, soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Best public course in Phoenix area

Severe elevation changes. Beautiful views on every hole. Played from the tips and it was a fantastic experience. A course very much worth traveling to.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely 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

Snake Bit!

Very nice layout! Didn't play the tips; too old for that nonsense. And because the 3-pars were on the 210 yd + side from the tips. VERY fair course from the black tees though. Enough challenges from there! Especially when the wind kicks up!

Greens were in the 2nd week of healing from their recent "punching" but they putt fairly true. I liked the dog-leg variations; not a lot of "straight" holes; makes for thinking out the next shot.

Very nice clubhouse and Vanessa (the Bartender) was exceptionally nice! She made hanging out for a couple of pops pleasant!

Will be back! Gotta try the Dinosaur!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Impressive

Beautiful course!! Winds through the mountains, spectacular scenery. Lots of elevation changes. Hole 5: par 3, 200 ft. drop tee to green! It was HOT, but overcast (we were lucky). Course in great shape for AZ summer. Excellent value, $50 on Golf Now. Locals, now's the time to play the Dinosaur!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

One of the best tracks in the valley of the sun

Fabulous course that is always in great shape with terrific views. Practice facilities are laughable and need to be updated. But other than that, one of the best courses in the valley.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Front nine has some elevation changes, back nine is more technical.

The fairways and tee boxes were excellent. The greens were hard with some type of problem. Not consistent grass. Speed was excellent and the roll was fine. Bunkers were average at best. Still, for summer conditions in the desert, to play a nice course like this for essentially $40 was a great deal. (And range balls were free, too. Nice restaurant deal - 50% off all menu items.)

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Excellent course

played as a two-some..course in excellent shape.
No one was playing...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice course

Good value. Excellent shape. Great views. Enjoyed the round, will definitely play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

MUST PLAY!!!!

Anyone that comes to play golf in AZ must play this. This is my favorite course as the views are second to none.! Stellar staff makes this a wonderful experience. I've played the likes of troon, Quintero, tpc, boulders... This is the most fun you will have in golf out here. Very fair course, pins can be tough though. Great greens make the putting fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Course of a Lifetime - Best Deal in Arizona

What an amazing place!!!

We came to Arizona for a 6-round trip. We played Southern Dunes, Quintero, Gold Canyon (both courses) and We-Ko-Pa (both courses). At the end of the day, many members of our group thought that Dinosaur was the single best golf course we played on the entire trip, and every single member agreed that it was by far and away the best value deal in the entire state of Arizona.

To begin with, it is hard to beat the staff at Gold Canyon. Ryan in the pro shop worked with our group and he was excellent. They were on top of everything we needed, and ensured everything went off without a hitch. The rangers are awesome, and the staff is friendly. This isn't the private club atmosphere like you have at Quintero or We-Ko-Pa, and yet the staff treats you that way. It has all the great qualities of an exclusive club, just minus the pretentiousness.

The course is plain amazing. The front 9 takes you up into the mountains and the back takes you through them. Some of the holes have entirely dramatic elevation changes that make you feel like you're hitting into the vast desert beyond. Both the fairways and the greens were in incredible shape. Putts rolled true, but multiple tiers and heavy undulations placed an emphasis on hitting your approach shot to the right spot. Our afternoon round finished with a spectacular sunset on the back 9. The 15th hole has one of the best tricky drives out there - make sure you ask a ranger for the right line (which is in between two cacti well left of where the fairway points you). If you catch it right, you can hit the green or at least the green side bunker. Speaking of the rangers, they were so incredibly nice and helpful! Just added to the overall experience.

I think there would be debate among the group on what courses we would return to on our next Arizona trip, with the exception of Gold Canyon. It cannot be missed. And if you're looking to avoid the $150 - $300 rounds that comparable courses will stick you with, even better.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Day in Gold Canyon

Greens where quicker than I remember. Great morning to be out too play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 48
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fantastic views and course is in perfect shape

This course was in the best shape of any we played on our golf trip this year and we played other courses in this price range. The views are spectacular. The fairways are wide so the course wasn't as hard as the starter made it out to be. There are no total distances on the scorecard but they say what handicap should play which tees. This is flawed logic to me since I prefer to use total distance to pick tees. Blue tees are 5900 yds for a par 70 course. Ask starter for distances. Lots of memorable holes and would play this course any time even if it is a bit of a drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful

We played for $100 which was a good deal. Course scenery is beautiful. Course was in perfect shape. Pace of play was ok. Practice range was lousy making you hit from crummy old mats but that is my only complaint.
I played 5 courses on my trip and this was the best. Greens are very challenging and hard to read. Par 3 downhill from 246 yards was one of the best holes I have ever played-great for pictures!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Amazing Course

This course is as fun as it is beautiful. Very friendly staff that treat your clubs like they were theirs. They load and unload them and wash all of them when you're done. Lots of deer and hogs running wild. Wide fairways for a fun round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 49
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Add me to the list

Just an outstanding course. Driving up you might not think that this is a 5 star course. However, once you are out there, it is wonderful. Fair, forgiving for the most part and beautiful. The course will challenge you at time, but you will always look at it a fair.
The views are fantastic and the course conditions were pristine for so close to overseeding.

A little spendy for this time of year, but the overall value considering golf, condition, layout and vistas was well worth it. Will be back many, many times.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Wonderful views

Wonderful views, paired will super couple from USA, shame about the constant foul language from 4 ball of men in front, beer kicked in ++ by the 15th, we picked up many clubs etc they left lying around!!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Amazing Views

Thoroughly enjoyed playing here. The elevation changes made for some amazing views. The course was in great shape for being late summer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Diamond in the ruff

We had not played here before, and to our surprised the vistas were stunning. We played in September and the course was in great shape. I recommend this course to anyone !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great track !

Great coarse, spectacular views,
We live real close and play it when rates are low, otherwise very pricey. We are seniors and tough coarse to walk, when it's 98 degrees and cart path only.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Gold Canyon Sidewinder

Nice condition and fairly challenging

I played the Whites but next time will play the blues. I'm not a long ball hitter but found the whites left me with shorter ten usual shots into the greens Also found par threes to be very short

Nice overall good time and I will be back

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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