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

Reviews

4.5
372 Reviews (372)

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Played On
Reviews 92
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Sidewinder Fun

Nice course - seems easy but if you get too relaxed it will "bite". The course was in good condition considering they will be overseeding next week. The sand traps need some work and the greens were still a little rough from aerating a few weeks ago but who can complain about a 3 1/2 hour round on a nice course in the foothills of the Superstition. Life is good in the East Valley!

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

Beautiful

This is the golf course I've been looking for. Very scenic mountain views, lots of elevation changed. This is a must play golf course, you will love it !!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Love it!

The view is just fantastic and the course is in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
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

fantastic views

This course is beautifully routed through the Gold Canyon hills. Although not a difficult course many of the holes will take your breath away. A must play in Phoenix!! The wet towels supplied by the beverage cart were just one example of the great service. Take your camera, this course will not disappoint.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Breathtaking Views

I've played several courses around the valley and I've enjoyed this one the most.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Best views in area, very beautiful but not senior friendly

Course and views absolutely beautiful. Tee to green very nice. Greens very bumpy due to only fair green condition. Difficult to make even short putts.
Long walk up and downhill from cart path to green. A major problem for seniors as your legs get tired from all the walking from to/from tees and especially to/from greens.

NO WATER ON COURSE AND NO BEVERAGE CART.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great course!

This is a beautiful desert resort/residential course. Homes do not come in to play much. Wonderfully scenic settings on many holes. Bunkers have course sand and present a challenge but tee boxes are manicured and fairways are lush. Greens were in excellent condition and putts held the line. Enjoyed this course so much, we're headed back on Friday!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

awesome course

This place was amazing. The views were awesome and the condition it was in for middle of summer was top notch. Some of the greens were a little rough but other then that it was an awesome place to play

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Maintenance crew nightmare, pro shop uncaring

First time here. High expectations were unfullfilled. Fabulous location and excellent layout. However my Wed. 11:00 tee time coincided with heavy and unpleasant maintenance crews mowing and watering at least 2 to 3 tractors or motorized equipment on nearly every hole. I did not have a peaceful hole until 16. Very distracting and annoying. Pace of play was very slow. Hitting off of mats and putting greens without holes are things I have never seen outside of the cheapest muni course. After round I asked in pro shop for a free return trip because of maintenance motors buzzing next to me on almost every shot. He refused and said the high quality of course needs to be maintained and golfers need to deal with it. I have just recently played Wildfire Palmer and Faldo and Whirlwind and did not have any distractions from maintenance and to be honest those courses are in much better shape. He could have given me an afternoon slot or even a 9 hole freebie. But he didnt even want to discuss it. The location and design are great but whoever is running it doesnt live up to the hype.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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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.

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Commented on 09/15/2014

Agree Wholeheartly....the service takes away from the beauty of the course and the Staff are nowhere near Quality...please read my reviews as well cause now I'm just downright angry that I spent my money and time when I could've went to numerous other courses in the Phoenix area

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Maintenance surrounding you on every hole. Staff unfriendly

Beautiful location. Fabulous design. I dont think whoever runs facility plays golf. Practice range you hit off of mats, practice putting greens dont have holes. Even the worst muni has those basic features. Maintenance was like a swarm of bees on every shot they were mowing or idleing nearby. Course conditions are average bald spots everywhere. Staff unfriendly they seem to rest on laurels but dont compare to Wildfire or Whirlwind etc.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

Great Track - but the Greens

Played yesterday in a Monsoon. Weather cleared up after 7 holes. I love this course, the views are amazing, the elevation changes are awesome. the greens were not good, very bumpy, but otherwise a great experience.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

2nd to none in scenic views

I rarely play in the heat of the day in summer anymore, but for $22, I couldn't pass it up.
First of all, it is worth it just for the natural beauty. There is no other course I know of with such stunning views.
The course was in very good condition for this time of year. The greens appeared to have been aerated recently and caused a few bumpy putts, but they mostly rolled true.
Fairways and Tee Boxes were in excellent condition.
Hardly anyone on the course, so we breezed through with no delays at all.

My only real complaint is that there are too many areas where carts were not allowed for no apparent reason, requiring some very long walks to the ball. This was especially difficult on the latter part of the course when we were already exhausted from the heat.

Overall, an excellent experience as it always is at Dinosaur Mtn.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best course I've played all year

What an easy ride out to the course never any traffic on the 60. With two courses to choose from and great stay and play specials this facility was enjoyable. The course was in the best shape of any course I've played though out the valley all year. I can't wait to come back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

AWESOME

Nicest course ive played all year!! Played kierland, lookout mt, Phoenician ect will return!

Conditions Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Customer Service Terrible

I had a group of people (about 10 or more) that came with me to watch me and a young lady play. We spent the morning having Brunch then were treated Horribly in the clubhouse and b4 going out to shoot 18..First they Charged us more for all the carts we needed than it cost to play, then the Starter was rude and rushing us (wasn't Nobody waiting to go behind us)..I love the Dinosaur but after this experience I'd be hesitant to go back if they gave me a round. Totally disgusted with the service on this outing and take back all my recommendations for Gold Canyon to any of my visiting friends.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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.

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Commented on 03/25/2015

Just a suggestion. Next time you play don't bring 10 or more people to watch. A little golf etiquette can go a long ways!

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The best value out there

The course is in great shape for this of year. The greens were just as good as any other for early Aug and they rolled nicely. The scenery is the most beautiful out here. You're stealing for the fees being charged now.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

certainly worth a one time look

Tee and fairways were quite good. The greens looked good, but the ball would not roll consistently on these surfaces. A course where local knowledge re: uphill/downhill putts would help a lot. Good putters would be frustrated.
Great scenery here, but unless you are a Sherpa, you may not enjoy this course. The scorecard does not provide total distance from each tee, but instead suggests which tees you play based on your handicap. Really? Can't we do both?

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Slow play, practice off mats and fair conditions

First of all, for such a highly rated course to have to practice off mats was a surprise. Do they have mats in the high season? Practice balls were in poor condition but at least they didn't charge you for them. Greens were not in the best shape. Pace of play was just shy of 5 hours; for a 7:20am tee time, that was very, very slow. The back 9 we were frequently waiting on the group in front of us. When we returned the carts, the staff person cleaned the other players clubs (men) and I was forgotten (as we women often are) until I went to get a wet towel to clean my own. They had valet parking and I saw others being offered to valet and I never was (another way women at courses are forgotten). Also, be warned that there is no water available on the course so you must stock up before you head out; another way that course makes more money, don't provide water so you have to buy it. If you can't hit the fairway, bring extra balls.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely 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 44
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Awesome Views

Gold Canyon has such awesome views that its hard to keep your mind on golf. It is a challenging course with a fun layout. Greens were firm and fast but fair. Some blind tee shots but overall course was fair and fun to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Dinosaur Mtn.

Great condition for the summer, helpful staff and a great setting.

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