I don't have the gold but I have the platinum and I absolutely love it. I think the gold comes standard with just a few more features than mine. So I would guess if mine is good the Gold is even better. It grills very evenly. I like the outside burner features. It is also pretty efficient as I don't need much propane as I used to. You won't be disappointed.
Yeah that is a good price. Mine was 1300 new. When it came it had a few scratches and I'm a perfectionist. Weber had me new parts next day so it was perfect when I put it together. I've had a strip down weber before and we had a wind storm. The wind picked my grill off the deck and threw it I called Weber for parts to fix it and they warrantied it and sent me new parts and paint for free. They didn't even ask questions. I did tell them about the wind but they just said thats ok we'll take care of it. That is worth its weight in gold (pun intended) :-D