Review and Rating of Gold Canyon Golf Club's Dinosaur Mountain Course in Gold Canyon Arizona
Gold Canyon is home to two spectacular 18 hole golf courses - Dinosaur Mountain and Sidewinder. Sidewinder is rated 4 stars by Golf Digest and it is the easier and flatter of the two courses and it's home to smaller greens and more target golf as it plays through desert arroyos and native desert washes. Sidewinder has dramatic views of the legendary Superstition Mountain, several water features, gently rolling fairways, undulating greens and pristine Sonoran desert vegetation.
Dinosaur Mountain has dramatic elevation changes; lots of holes with high "WOW" factors - at least 10 holes could be considered signature holes; rollercoaster fairways that rival Six Flags; near perfect conditions; and stunning views of the desert, Superstition Mountain, and Dinosaur Mountain. Dinosaur is a par 70 with 6 par 3s, 8 par 4s, and 4 par 5s and it takes you up, over, and around Dinosaur Mountain. It's critical that you pick the right set of tee boxs (there are 6 plus two combos) to match your skill level. It's not surprising to me that Gold Canyon's Dinosaur Mountain is rated as one of the top Arizona golf courses.
All of the holes on Dinosaur Mountain are outstanding but here are some of our favorites:
The greens at Gold Canyon's Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course are well guarded, surrounded by small to tall mounds and swales, a tad smaller than normal, have plenty of undulation plus tiers and ridges, and they run fast - all of which puts a premium on your approach shots and putting skills. When we played they were in near perfect condition.
The fairways are forgiving off the tee and then range from ample to a tad tight - miss and you're in the desert with the cactus and brush. They are loaded with lots of slope and contour and some hills along the sides. Some stunning homes sit on the hill sides overlooking the fairways. The Dinosaur Mountain fairways were also in near perfect condition.
The bunkers range from small pot bunkers to some huge monsters with small to huge faces - in a couple cases we got lucky and roll in and out of the bunkers. The sand is what I'm told is typical for Arizona courses - thin and gritty to keep it from washing or blowing out of the bunkers.
Rates: $75.00 to $160.00
Service is excellent. The club house has a well stocked pro shop and a full service restaurant with a great patio. The practice facilites are very good.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.