Dinosaur is one of my favorite courses in AZ. Great views, reasonably prices all things considered and less stuffy than some.
My top Five
We Ko Pa, Southern Dunes, Troon North Monument, TPC, Whirlwind and Las Sendas as best course for the money
We just returned from an overnight staycation at the resort. We purchased the travelzoo voucher for the casita with outdoor fire pit. Finding the lobby was difficult as this place is a maze of small buildings on a hillside. Upon checkin the pet fee went from $25 I was told over the phone when making the reservation up to $75...for one night with our 4lb pomeranian. I was totally peeved about this but what could I do when the guy checking us in said it has always been $75 and he suggested just taking our dog home and coming back. Ummm no.
The room was a hike to get to from the parking area. Be ready to do a lot of walking here. The room had 2 queen beds, a small living area, and a patio with a fire place. The beds were awful. The headboards clanged and banged against the wall with even the slightest movement. The small couch was pleather and weird. Bonus points for aveda products in the room. We needed up not using the fire pit after finding out you have to pay $9 for a log and then $7 for "fireplace cleaning".
We both got massages at the spa, as we opted to use the $50 resort credit (came as part of the travelzoo package)towards our services. The spa is Aveda, which is awesome. There was fruit, a cheese plate, and phenomenal tea. The treatment rooms were large, with stone walls. We both had great one hour massages. I saw Jaime and my fiancé had Star. Both therapists were fantastic!
We ate at the grill for dinner. Salads and a pizza. The pizza was undercooked and seemed to be frozen. Very underwhelming. $3 for a soda with no refills. We ordered dessert to our room later. Both tasted like a stale refrigerator. Breakfast the next day was the buffet at kokkopelli. We were told breakfast was included in our package, but turned out to be just toast, cereal, and fruit. We opted to pay $20 more for the buffet which was good.
The resort itself is situated in a gorgeous area with 2 golf courses. Very scenic with the superstition mountains right there. But the facilities are dated and worn. The service was so so. Felt nickel and dimed with everything. We probably won't ever come back.
Just played Dinosaur for the first time and it went straight in my top 5 Phoenix courses! Don't be fooled by the name, this is not some crazy rugged mountain course, more like a well manicured roller coaster. Shot values and hole variety are outstanding. Do yourself a favor and play at least one ball from the tips on the canyon holes, the views are fabulous. I only paid $60 on golf now in Feb, it's worth 3 times that. My top 5:
1. We-Ko-Pa. 2. Dinosaur. 3. Quintero.
4. Troon North. 5. Ocotillo
My parents purchased us a Groupon for the Gold Canyon Golf Resort for two nights. We arrived at the resort around 4:30pm. We were warmly greeted by the front desk. The lobby has a lot of local art for sale, as well as these beautiful Cholla lamps. We were given a map to our casita. Upon arriving in the room, we noticed we had the wrong room option. I called front desk and she quickly fixed the situation and sent the bellhop to help us to our new room. We didn't even have to return to the lobby for the new keys. He helped us to our new room, with the indoor spa jacuzzi.
Although, this is an older hotel, and it could use a little updating, they keep it immaculate. The room was very large and we really enjoyed the beautifully tiled indoor jacuzzi. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The staff receive five stars, they made our getaway very enjoyable.
The restaurant was very reasonable in prices and portions are large. The first night we ordered the fried Calamari, a salad to share, and the 16oz Ribeye, cooked medium rare. The calamari was good, the salad was just okay. The ribeye was outstanding and was a great price at $26. The Yukon mashed potatoes, were seasoned perfectly. Service was good and it was nice enough to enjoy the patio for a sunset dinner. The second night we opted for the couples night, Pizza dinner. This dinner was just okay. The value of $29 per couple was very good, but we wished we opted for the regular menu again. The service was excellent and management went out of their way to switch out the two glasses of wine for a beer and dessert.
The resort was not super busy and we were able to enjoy the pool area to ourselves. During, season they have a bar open by the pool, however since it was off-season they leave menus and there is a phone to order drinks or food. We ordered some poolside cocktails and was impressed by the service we received. She checked on us numerous times.
There spa staff is super friendly and I received the best hot stone massage. Overall, we had a wonderful, relaxing getaway at Gold Canyon Golf Resort. We would return again.
Fell in love with this resort. Spa was great, staff was great and food was out of this world amazing. The pool was so relaxing listening to the beautiful nature that surround the resort.