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4.7
1004 Reviews (1004)
5 Stars
693
4 Stars
231
3 Stars
52
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
96.3%
Recommend this course
940 out of 1004 reviews
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4.8
85 Reviews (85)
5 Stars
71
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.6%
Recommend this course
83 out of 85 reviews
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4.8
148 Reviews (148)
5 Stars
117
4 Stars
25
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.3%
Recommend this course
144 out of 148 reviews
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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

4.7
1004 Reviews (1004)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 56
Patio Dining 45
Brunch 23
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 116
Forced Carries 53
Undulating Greens 53
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 86
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 46
A Weekend Splurge 43
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 97
In the 'Burbs 15
Convenient to the City 7

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Course!

This is without a doubt one of my favorite courses , not just in AZ but anywhere. The conditions were perfect and the staff and service was top notch. Can’t wait to play this again.

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

Great resort golf

A beautiful and well maintained course. I highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Great walking course.

Visiting for the month from Michigan and have played SD 4 times and enjoyed each round.
Greens are very good, bunkers mostly decent despite a few wet spots and fairways and tees were very good. Staff does a nice job keeping the course in great shape. There are ALOT of bunkers and the course is challenging no matter how many times I play it.
Appreciate the nice practice area and range balls provided as well as the pushcarts. Only beef is being charged full monty for a pushcart/walker but it is what it is.
Starter and Marshalls did their jobs professionally. Pace of play was good and overall good value at this price point. Not a big fan of 'dynamic pricing' but, again, they do it because they can. Rates are going waaaay out of my comfort zone in the next week so see you guys next year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
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 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Consistently good!

Just a great place to play. Consistently good conditions, staff, etc...Well worth the drive!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 60
Skill Intermediate
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 5
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Great Course

My favorite course in the Phoenix area. Great layout, Great condition, Great practice area and friendly staff. Best value out there!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
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
Previously Played

One of the best in area

The course is in great shape and greens roll really well and fast. Fairways and tee boxes are also in great condition. I would recommend this course to anyone. It can be pricey at times but if you can get a deal it is defintaly worth a drive out too.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Amazing course. What are you waiting for?!

I've now played this course 4 times (3 winter vacations). I will be back every winter to play it. It's absolutely gorgeous and in great shape. The greens are some of the best in the valley. Everything about this course makes it a fun track to play.

Play a couple times so you can get the nuances of where to hit it and how to attack the greens. You won't regret it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Really nice course in really good shape. Greens rolled nicely and lace was good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent

Course was in great shape and the pace of play allowed us to finish 4 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Course was perfect. Range was exceptional. Lunch was delicious. Challenging but not discouraging for a mid-handicap. Can’t wait to play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

No Snow Like in Canada 😎

Great course in beautiful community. Have played 20-30 times since 2010. Always play here every winter. Clubhouse has friendly staff, Marshalls are great. Look forward to another round here in a few weeks.
Jeff from Winnipeg

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Enjoyable day at Southern Dunes

This is one of my favorite courses in the Phoenix area. Course was in good shape after the rain. The layout is fun, challenging and interesting. Maintenance was good, but some bunkers need work. Definitely will return

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Southern Dunes A Real Gem

Beautiful and challenging layout. Every hole displays scenic desert trees. Heavily bunkered so bring your A game from the sand. Fairways are generous. Very playable and enjoyable!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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