Gold Canyon

6100 S Kings Ranch
Apache Junction, AZ 85219
Pricing: $101 - $150
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There's two courses at Gold Canyon, 45 minutes east of Phoenix, east on 60 past Apache Junction. They're both true desert layouts in the high Sonoran desert designed by Ken Kavanaugh, Greg Nash, and Stuart Penge.

The Dinosaur has significant elevation changes with elevated tee boxes routed through the upper reaches of Dinosaur Mountain and views of the Superstition Mountains. It plays to 6,653 yards, 71.5/144, course/slope ratings from the tips with four shorter tees.

The Sidewinder is routed on the same property but below Dinosaur Mountain through natural arroyos and dry creek beds with native grasses and vegetation bordering the fairways. It's named Sidewinder for a reason as it twists and turns the desert landscape. It plays to 6,533 yards, 71.4/133, course/slope from the tips.

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Posted by: Pmontgomery

Oct 9th, 2010

Conditions were excellent in most parts, but bad in spots. A couple of greens had bare spots on them and a lot of tees were being worked on. Greens are undulating and fast. Rough was really high and over seeded, which may have contributed to... - Long pace of play when I played. I teed off around 9:10, but still ended up with a 5 hour round. There was a ranger going around the course, but it didn't help. Course is tough. The slope is 133 from the whites, but I thought it was harder than that.

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Posted by: EvanH

Jul 3rd, 2010

This golf course is worth playing, just for the endless beautiful views all around. The fairways and greens were in nice shape. Sand traps were hard packed. Summer rates are very reasonable. Amazing views, plays up on the canyon and also moves down into the valley. Course condition was really good, considering the summer play. Greens were rough due to aeration three weeks prior. Sand traps not fun, but can be easily avoided. Difficult, but plenty of wildlife to distract you from your score.

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Posted by: Jim Mullins

Apr 3rd, 2010

Being from Chicago, II rarely get a chance to see anything like this, the golf course is phenomenal, the scenery is incredible, and what I was hoping desert golf would be like. The course has six par-3 holes, and is definitely one of the Valley's hidden gems. The course is routed in the heart of the Superstition Mountains with a couple of the tee boxes are set on cliffs, with some good drops to the greens from the fairways.

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Posted by: AlexanderM

Nov 29th, 2009

You are going to want to have plenty of golf balls for this one. Some fantastic views and a very challenging layout make for a great day of golf. Only downside is it is quite a drive from Scottsdale/Phoenix 45+ min Price wise I cant remember where this one falls I think it is less than $175 Sidewinder is not nearly as good as Dinosaur

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