What You'll Get
There are two kinds of escapes—those involving parachute leaps from exploding enemy zeppelins, and the other kind. Today’s Groupon falls into the latter category: for $67, you get a one-night stay in a patio casita with a king-sized bed at Gold Canyon Golf Resort (a $135 value). The resort is located near the northern edges of the Tucson metropolitan area, about 45 minutes from Downtown Phoenix and 17 hours from Laramie, Wyoming.
The white pueblo-inspired lodgings of Gold Canyon Golf Resort sit at the base of the Superstition Mountains like spilled salt thrown over the shoulders of 13 black cats lounging under a sky of broken mirrors. The resort’s spacious patio casitas, from the Spanish word meaning “hotel rooms with an honor bar, refrigerator, and private patio,” offer privacy for maximum soaking-up-of-sun. Guests desiring pruny fingers can upgrade for an additional $50 to a spa casita, which has a hot tub.
Several of the deluxe casitas look out on the resort’s 18-hole Sidewinder or the Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course—a sprawling series of doglegging fairways and greens populated by invisible brontosaurs. Dinosaur Mountain was recently named one of America’s most underrated courses by Golf.com, thanks in part to its scenic Sonoran Desert backdrop that makes most golfers feeling like they’re playing (and occasionally swearing) their way through a postcard.
For those who prefer to laugh at shank-inspired temper tantrums rather than partake of them, Gold Canyon Golf Resort offers numerous other amenities as well, including a fitness center, a day spa, and several restaurants. Even if you feel like doing absolutely nothing, the breathtaking vistas of the cactus-dotted American Southwest will keep you staring at canyon walls rather than stucco walls.
Golf.com listed Gold Canyon Golf Resort in its America's Most Underrated Courses feature:
- Leave behind the trophy course hunters gathered in north Scottsdale and strike out an hour to the southeast past Mesa and you'll be rewarded with this scenic Ken Kavanaugh design that darts around the Superstition Mountains. Soaring elevation changes—highlighted by vertigo-inducing drop shots on the par-3s—make the Dinosaur Mountain track as memorable as anything in town. – Golf.com
- Spacious rooms and many amenities are key to resorts getting recurring guests. The Gold Canyon Golf Resort is on [sic] such place that has three separate type rooms, two of which come with out door hot tubs...The fact it has a golf course right there is a bit of a perk but then again it is a golf resort. – James W., Judy's Book
- Wow we had the best time ever. My husband and I were looking to get away but knew we didnt [sic] have a lot of time so we chose Gold Canyon for its proximity…We went to dinner that night in the Bar & Grill which I'm told is the same menu as the closed Kokopelli's restaurant...The spa services the next morning exceptional. – azkrzymom2, TripAdvisor
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. May purchase multiple. Not available for group reservations. Tax and resort fee not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.