Gold Canyon Golf Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Course

3 stars out of 5
(based on 5 reviews)
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6100 S Kings Ranch Rd
Gold Canyon, Arizona 85218
Phone(s): (800) 827-5281, (480) 982-9449

Dinosaur Mountain, designed by Ken Kavanaugh and opened in 1982, is often touted as one of the best public golf courses in Arizona. It has some of the most dramatic elevation changes in Arizona golf, and you would struggle to find a golf course in the state that is in better condition. Controlling your yardage can be tricky, but the scenery more than makes up for any of the golf course’s challenge.

Gold Canyon GR: practice range

Dinosaur Mountain has some of the most drastic elevation changes in Arizona golf, which means yardage can be tricky factoring the drop and altitude. Imagine that reliable nine-iron of yours flying more than 200 yards on some holes. But the views from all over the course are stunning, and it would be tough to find a better-conditioned golf course in Arizona. To add to the visual excitement, natural habitats for many creatures – including jackrabbits, coyotes, and roadrunners – are all plentiful and easy to spot, especially in the morning and late afternoon. Dinosaur Mountain plays 6,583 yards from the back tees.

3 stars out of 5
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Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Ken Kavanaugh
  • Public/Private: Resort
  • Year opened: 1982
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
  • Greens: Blue Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Collared shirt and bermuda shorts required. No denim.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Blue 70 5833 122 66.7
Black 70 6323 135 69.2
Red (W) 72 4826 118 67.1
Gold 70 6653 143 71.3
Blue (W) 72 5833 138 73.7
White 70 5368 117 64.7
White (W) 72 5368 137 70.7

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • 2.5 stars out of 5
    by Michel Lagace
    on August 08th, 2022 17:16
    Over priced and the kitchen and resort is NO where near a 5 star. Keep your money
    2½ star at best
  • 2 stars out of 5
    by Leigh Boman
    on May 28th, 2016 20:23
    We stayed at the resort wirh friends and the Golf course is beautiful but the resort is nothing to brag about. Talk about needing an overhaul! The resort would not last if the golfing was not great!
    Service is below standards to other resorts we have stayed at in Arizona. Clearly the owners don't care about "Many Happy Returns"
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Faye
    on March 27th, 2012 06:37
    Have never stayed at the resort, but the course is fantastic - challenging for all skill levels and the scenery is awesome. We play different courses in this area on our annual golf trip each year but this is the only course we play every year.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by matt
    on March 22nd, 2012 21:07
    One of the best courses in Az. Resort is not like a Ritz but if you are a golfer who loves a beautiful course with dantastic views you can't beat this venue. The tips play much longer than 6500 yards. I have played more than a dozen of the best courses in the Phoenix / Scottsdale area and i can't say that any are better.
  • 1.5 stars out of 5
    by GC Golfer
    on August 09th, 2011 11:55
    Second rate "resort" with only beautiful scenery to keep it in business. Restaurant and food are below par. Don't waste your money.
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