Sidewinder at Gold Canyon Golf Resort

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4.1
63
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40
4 Stars
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3 Stars
5
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2
1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
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89.6%
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4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.0
100.0%
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4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.5
Layout
4.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6533
Slope 132
Rating 71.6
Type Resort
The Sidewinder at Gold Canyon Golf Resort slithers about the base of Dinosaur Mountain among arroyos and dry creeks. Indigenous cacti like cholla and prickly pear and trees like mesquite and palo verde feature along the testing curves that require top play. A round on the Sidewinder at Gold Canyon Golf Resort begins on the 487-yard par-5 first. It's one of four par-5s, with the others measuring over 500 yards from the gold tees; the second of these is the 523-yard sixth. The last is the 505-yard 18th, a tough way to finish, requiring a drive up the middle of the fairway, between two washes, to hit the green in two. The reward after a round on the Sidewinder at Gold Canyon Golf Resort sits in The Bar & Grill, simply named and recently redone in marble and slate, but not in such a way to remove its casual ninth-hole charm.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 71 6533 yards 71.6 132
Black 71 6137 yards 69.4 127
Blue 71 5727 yards 67.0 121
Blue (W) 72 5727 yards 73.7 137
White 71 5315 yards 64.8 112
White (W) 72 5315 yards 70.0 125
Red (W) 72 4403 yards 66.1 110
Scorecard for Sidewinder
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 71.4/133 487 251 400 147 352 523 177 417 392 3146 165 511 435 375 212 424 447 319 505 3393 6539
Black M: 69.3/128 477 180 378 133 338 511 163 372 375 2927 154 499 404 364 191 414 426 294 475 3221 6148
Black/Blue M: 68.0/125 420 180 342 133 338 511 163 347 353 2787 154 499 362 364 180 394 370 294 475 3092 5879
Blue M: 66.7/120 420 160 342 127 309 444 150 347 353 2652 137 484 362 323 180 394 370 279 454 2983 5635
White M: 64.6/114 W: 70.3/124 401 140 315 115 260 414 108 296 278 2327 116 464 350 303 170 370 311 233 420 2737 5064
Silver M: 63.7/111 W: 69.5/123 378 135 300 109 257 404 108 287 280 2258 117 449 342 291 162 367 376 233 416 2753 5011
Red W: 65.8/112 344 123 237 75 210 359 95 211 245 1899 104 440 301 277 151 354 275 178 334 2414 4313
Handicap 13 9 5 17 11 3 15 1 7 16 6 10 14 8 4 2 18 12
Par 5 3 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 35 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 3 13 5 17 11 1 15 9 7 18 4 10 12 16 6 8 14 2

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ken Kavanaugh

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area No
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt and bermuda shorts required. No denim.

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Reviews

4.1
63

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 17
19th Hole Scenic Views 10
Brunch 10
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 21
Undulating Greens 18
Elevation Changes 16
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 25
Advanced Golfers 16
A Weekend Splurge 15
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 27
At a Resort 13
In the 'Burbs 8
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Fun short track

Course was in great shape. Shorter than what I am used to playing. Practice range is below average. The other course has all the fun elevation changes but is also twice the cost. Was playing with my son so I chose to play Sidewinder instead. We had a great time. We will definitely come back.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Mixed Emotions

Was visiting from Chicago and decided to play Sidewinder, although I've been told that Dinosaur Mountain is the one to play here. Dinosaur Mountain was closed for overseeding. Figured for the price I got, it wouldn't disappoint. Based on the view on hole #1, I figured I had gotten the bargain of all bargains. Absolutely stunning first hole tucked on the mountainside, with the superstitions blanketing the sky past the fairway. Honestly one of the prettiest backdrops I've ever seen. The next amazing view will come at a downhill par 3 on hole #4. Break out the camera again. Holes 1 through 8 play in the canyon, so to speak, so they have a lot of character and views. The rest of the holes were just ok. Pretty mundane compared to the first 8. Feel like I could play those holes anywhere in AZ. For the price I got, along with the 76 I shot, I'd definitely come back. Hopefully I can get on Dinosaur Mountain next time as well.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Meh...

We played 36 this day on a golf trip. One round at Sidewinder, one round at Dinosaur Mountain. Sidewinder was underwhelming relative to the other course. The layout was a bit gimmicky and short. Conditioning was great. Overall, bad value in my opinion
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Fun and challenging course!!

This course is in great condition! The views of the Superstitions are just fantastic! The GPS system is of great help so be sure to use it and you will have a lot of fun!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Fantastic greens

Greens are in amazing shape on this well designed layout.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

First Time; Great Course

I've been wanting to check this course out, and booked it on their web site after seeing a decent rate on GolfNow. Usually a little too pricey for me, but getting to the time of year when deals abound. Showed up almost an hour ahead of my tee time, and course was wide open. I was underwhelmed at first, because the facilities are a bit dated, and worn. Practice range was off mats, for some reason, even though the grass area was large and in nice shape. They said I could go when I was ready, so I hit a few balls and took off by myself. Played alone the whole time, and barely saw any o her golfers. Took my time and hit an extra ball or balls often. Pace was a non-issue. Layout is much more scenic and interesting on the front nine, with nice views of the Superstition Mountains. Back nine is OK, but not as scenic, and a number of the holes wind tightly through tract homes. Course conditions were excellent, with the grass in great shape throughout, and the greens receptive to approach shots. I've played too many area courses that are kind of browned-out and very hard/firm. Sidewinder was noticeably lusher and softer. Greens were in wonderful shape, and rolled fast and true. Bunkers had actual sand in them! All in all, a nice experience and I will be back. Can't wait to try the Dinosaur course!
Staff Friendliness Fair
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fun Course!

Had a great time playing Sidewinder. More of a resort course so you will have houses on some fairways. There were some great views of the mountains and some moderate elevation changes. Overall in very good condition and a great tune up for Dinosaur Mountain
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Accomodating

Made the golf now reservation Friday morning and thought it was for Friday but did not look at confirmation e-mail. Ugh, it was for Saturday Jan 16. When I got there and found the mistake I made, the two attendants at the check in said "Don't worry we will find a way to get you out without messing up other guests". Sure enough there was an opening 15 minutes after original intent and enjoyed the day and honored the price I paid. That is customer service in action.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good

Stay & Play Offers

$110 Starting price
Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
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