Sidewinder at Gold Canyon Golf Resort

4.1600647059 4.2 stars from 5 (63)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6533 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 71.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: No
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 63 Reviews
5 stars:
40
4 stars:
16
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

59 out of 63 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort in the 'burbs   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens elevation changes   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views brunch  

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"Fun short track"


u000007594858's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Mixed Emotions"


Brandon9904371's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



elmer1969's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



emptynester58's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Meh..."


SlowLefty's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Fun and challenging course!!"


jloy12's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fantastic greens"


Anthony6509234's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are in amazing shape on this well designed layout.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"First Time; Great Course"


WaltAZ's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Fun Course!"


Jakeb385's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Accomodating"


rygabert's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2016
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Switched to Dinosaur and loved it."


ucn2usme's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I met Garrett at the bag drop and told him I wanted to play Dinosaur, but could only get a tee time for Sidewinder. He told me that they could get me on Dinosaur. It was my first time at Gold Canyon and a friend of mine raved about Dinosaur, so I was ecstatic to switch.

The starter got me playing as soon as I was done warming up, and that was the start to a wonderful round of golf. The weather was beautiful and so was the scenery. It was sunny with no wind.

The course takes you into the hills next to Dinosaur Mountain. That creates substantial elevation changes on several holes. The greens are fast so you should target the area below the hole on your approach. The fairways are wide enough to accommodate a little fade or draw. Water is in play on only one hole on the back 9.

I look forward to playing this course again. I played in the afternoon and 10 deer strolled across the course after 4:30 pm.

If you've never been to Gold Canyon, it's located 27 miles East of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport off HWY 60.

Merry Christmas!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course to play if you get a deal"


Zoomer3163's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

excellent course and great conditions if you can get a break on the green fees


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyed my round here"


Lawrence1989's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Everything was great about this course, the conditions were perfect, greens were in great shape, and cant say enough good things about the conditions. Amazing Scenery, feels like your in the middle of nowhere. Recommend this course -5 STARS


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Absolutely perfect"


ryno1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fabulous course with fun and friendly staff. Both courses, sidewinder and dinasour are amazing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Target golf"


u000006355792's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Considering that this was the end of the summer, this course was in very good condition. Not a long course, but don't let that fool you. You really need to play smart here. Beautiful views throughout the course. With a summer rate, this was well worth the drive.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Scenery"


bmdale10's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

A great course nestled in the Superstitions, overall a short course that plays long and has a variety of challenges along the way. My group will definitely return again, we want to try our luck on the Dinosaur course. Only downside was that there are no water stations along the course and it was hot out.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Snake Bit!"


enchilara's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice layout! Didn't play the tips; too old for that nonsense. And because the 3-pars were on the 210 yd + side from the tips. VERY fair course from the black tees though. Enough challenges from there! Especially when the wind kicks up!

Greens were in the 2nd week of healing from their recent "punching" but they putt fairly true. I liked the dog-leg variations; not a lot of "straight" holes; makes for thinking out the next shot.

Very nice clubhouse and Vanessa (the Bartender) was exceptionally nice! She made hanging out for a couple of pops pleasant!

Will be back! Gotta try the Dinosaur!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Front nine has some elevation changes, back nine is more technical."


dragon10171968's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The fairways and tee boxes were excellent. The greens were hard with some type of problem. Not consistent grass. Speed was excellent and the roll was fine. Bunkers were average at best. Still, for summer conditions in the desert, to play a nice course like this for essentially $40 was a great deal. (And range balls were free, too. Nice restaurant deal - 50% off all menu items.)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very nice course"


AZgeller's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good value. Excellent shape. Great views. Enjoyed the round, will definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Day in Gold Canyon"


Azbogey's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Greens where quicker than I remember. Great morning to be out too play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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