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4.6
807 Reviews (807)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
94.2%
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748 out of 807 reviews
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4.7
76 Reviews (76)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
94.7%
Recommend this course
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4.7
138 Reviews (138)
5 Stars
103
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
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2 Stars
4
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.7%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Traditional/Links
Par 72
Length 7546 yards
Slope 142
Rating 76.4

Stretching over 320 acres in the southwest area, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club (previously known as Royal Dunes) transforms mostly flat terrain into a challenging course that uses practically twice the amount of land a standard course. The course incorporates superb landscaping featuring towering mounds and hollow valleys for an interesting and scenic game. This desert golf course has wide fairways and generous landing areas. The dunes-style layout requires precision from tee to green. The difficulty of the golf course lies within the deep, strategically placed sand bunkers, multi-tiered greens, and native grass roughs. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club provides adequate challenge for players of any skill level.

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Course Details

Year Built 2002
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round. Closed on Mondays from June 1 - August 31st
Architect Brian Curley (2002) Fred Couples (2002) Lee E. Schmidt (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Spa, Locker Rooms

Available Sports

Fitness

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
807 Reviews (807)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 55
Patio Dining 44
Brunch 23
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 115
Forced Carries 52
Undulating Greens 52
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 85
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 45
A Weekend Splurge 42
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 96
In the 'Burbs 15
Convenient to the City 7

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Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course but bring fly repellent

Course was in fantastic shape for the season and had a very challenging layout. Amenities were nice; practice range above standard and balls included. Fairways and rough were maintained well with very few tight lies. Carts were very comfortable and included range finder tech screen.
Only negative aspect was the abundance of pesky flies on course even though breezy. There were also flies inside restaurant/lounge so that we moved twice to avoid. It could have been a seasonal thing or anomaly but was not expected or an experience I’ve had on other courses I play in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Golf as it was intended

Simply put, there is no finer golf course in the state. The staff is awesome, the layout is perfect, the practice facilities are top notch and the course itself was in great shape. My only observation was that the practice greens were a bit faster than the greens on the course...not a huge deal, but something to prepare for when you play the round. I love this course, and my golfing soul is fulfilled each time I'm fortunate enough to play it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Target practice

Challenging layout that rewards shot placement of tee shot. Course was in good shape, gets plenty of water. Greens were slow. Rough was high. Good luck finding your ball if you don't hit the fairway. Overall very nice facility. Will go back again even through it was a45 minute drive to get there.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens a little slow as expected but good

Great shape for summer. Will be back often this summer.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Awesome.

My first time playing Ak Chin and I’m very impressed. Thank you to the staff, starters, and Marshal. We had a group of idiots playing from the tips in front of us which could have resulted in a 5 hour round. But the Marshall took control and got them moving, and we finished in under 4 hours. Course conditions were fantastic. This course is difficult and distance comes at a premium (it’s long) so high handicaps do yourself and everyone else a favor and play from the correct tees. I’m a 12 HC and the gold tees (6900) were pretty tough. Likely next time I’ll try the blue tees. The par 3s were all demanding. The entire layout was really fun and testing. I wouldn’t pay the premium winter prices to play here (I’ve seen well over $150), but that goes for most high ends tracks in the valley. They have chilled water on every 3 holes which is fantastic during the summer heat. I loved my day at Ak Chin and I’m excited to get back and play ASAP.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Oasis

Great golf oasis in middle of desert! Just a little to far to travel to make it a regular. Otherwise a great track to bring your visiting friends or family.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow group in front playing from wrong tees.

Group in front of us playing at least two tees back of where they should have been. Waited on every shot. Never saw a marshal. Nice course overall.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The fairways are nice but if you don't hit the fairway on every hole, good luck! The sand traps are Hard and with a name like Southern dunes you would think they would be incredible . The value for the money is not worth it

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

With a name like Southern dunes one would think they would take care of their sand traps but this is not the case there hard and terrible will not play this course ever again

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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