The Gold Canyon Golf Resort is located among Arizona's Superstition Mountains, a name that generates an air of mystery and imagination. The great Apache war chief, Cochise, is reputedly buried somewhere among these mountains, and ancient tales of lost gold mines, including "The Lost Dutchman," are considered by many to be fact rather than legend. And nowhere is the mystique more apparent than at the legendary Gold Canyon Golf Resort in Arizona.
Two courses designed by Ken Kavanaugh - the Dinosaur Mountain Course and the Sidewinder - take golfers deep into the High Sonoran desert where the solitude of the environment enhances an overall spiritual feeling that only comes when we are at one with nature.
The Dinosaur Mountain Course offers a round of golf as exhilarating as you could wish for. The course is one spectacular vista of the Superstition Mountains after another. The views from the course's two signature holes - four and five - are beyond description; golf in the Arizona desert does not come any better than this. Dinosaur Mountain has always been considered a players course, but in truth the placement of the tee boxes offers golfers of all levels of skill an enjoyable and challenging round. No matter your abilities, you'll have a choice of four tee box locations.
The Dinosaur, the number 1 rated public golf course in Arizona, also ranks high among the most scenic courses in the Great Southwest. To play Dinosaur is a truly unique golfing experience. Every tee box presents a panoramic vista along with a unique and exhilarating challenge to your game. The course will take you up, over and around Dinosaur Mountain with dramatic tee-to-green elevation changes and long, meandering fairways. The views of the nearby Superstition Mountains are spectacular.
Gold Canyon's second course, The Sidewinder, is noted for its creative design and the way it incorporates the undulating desert landscape. Its panoramic vistas are no less spectacular than those of the Dinosaur Mountain course. This is a course you'll want to play more than once.
The Sidewinder is desert snake that takes its name from the way it travels - sideways, twisting and turning as it goes. The course itself meanders, like the snake, around the base of Dinosaur Mountain, through natural arroyos and along dry creek beds. Native cholla, prickly pear cacti, mesquite and palo verde trees line the fairways that twist and turn around the course and are guaranteed to make you think your way from tee to green. The Sidewinder is a shot-maker's course, and you'll need to be on top of your game if you are to score well.
Where to Stay
Gold Canyon Golf Resort is a mountainside retreat with extensive facilities and amenities, including 101 unique casitas, in-room or outdoor spas, fireplaces, and even private patios with splendid views of the golf course or the majestic Superstition Mountains. Located just 35 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the "mountainside resort is close to the Valley of the Sun, yet far enough away to let you experience the peace and unmatched beauty of the high Sonoran Desert." Compare Prices for nights at Gold Canyon Resort
Gold Canyon Golf Resort, 6100 South Kings Ranch Road / Gold Canyon, AZ 85219. Telephone: 480-982-9090; 800-827-5281. Fax: 480-983-9554
How To Get There
The resort is served by Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
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From Phoenix, take US 60 east towards Globe. Approximately 35 miles later, you will see a large sign for the resort. Additional signs show you the turn on King's Ranch Road and lead you all the way to the bag drop.