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BEST GOLF FOR UNDER $50 Phoenix 2006 - Gold Canyon Dinosaur Mountain Course

While we continue to bitch about the price of a round of golf in the Valley during the high season, we also continue to be amazed by the level of golf one can purchase for pennies when the weather takes a turn for the torturous. Really, though, 105 degrees isn't bad in a speeding covered cart, the breeze calcifying the salt brine ring on your hat, white stripes that become badges of courage announcing that no amount of dehydration will stop you from this glorious game. There is so much good golf to be had for under $50 in the summer, but only one course really makes us feel like we're ripping off management when we pay the greens fee. That's at Gold Canyon's Dinosaur Mountain Course, the sometimes overlooked superstar 18 at the base of the Superstitions. Indeed, this is a course that should be played in the summer, when the brutality of the Superstitions is at its height, when nearly every hole offers a stunning look into the abyss. Several holes here are as breathtaking as any on Earth, and several more tease you with risk-reward scenarios that draw you to the desert like the doomed prospectors of old. Beware. Or, heck, just spend some of that money you saved on an extra dozen.
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