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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
96.2%
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4.7
72 Reviews (72)
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4.7
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
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107 Reviews (107)
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Conditions
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Value
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Layout
4.8
Pace
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Amenities
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4.7
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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

4.7
900 Reviews (900)

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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Reviews 25
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Still great course - but course conditions are not like it was years ago!

Still great course. But course conditions compared to 5 years ago are no match. Years ago it was in immaculate condition at the same time of year. Greens were great and were running Stimp 12... Around the greens there are a lot of bare spots which makes it tough to go up and down. Sand traps are like compressed dirt. Pin positions were 18 tough pin placements. Played great and had even an eagle on number 13. Be careful there are a lot of snakes on the course at this time of year.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Amazing layout. Makes you think for each shot. My only complaint is more restrooms would be nice. Would definitely play again regardless. Lol

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Most Bunkers I Have Ever Seen

It took me the entire front nine to figure out I needed to avoid the bunkers at all cost. Two tier bunkers?OMG Once I did, back side was one over par. Fairways and greens were pretty lush for desert golf. Flies, bees, and other flying things were really annoying. There were quite a few gopher? holes too…see Caddyshack video attached LOL.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Greg the Starter was outstanding. He really helped all 4 of us have a good overview of the course and a brief history. Throughly enjoyed him.
And the gentleman who helped us upon arrival was great. He was really busy but reminded gracious and patient.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Best for money

the greens honestly made the course for me. so smooth and everything else was perfect. bunkers were great, all 180 of them. very fun course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great course in great shape... Bunkers have the best sand compared to other courses I've played in Tucson and Phoenix area.
Pace of play very slow. Marshall simply told us that we were on pace...NOT.
Was a bad dust bowl due to high winds.... avoid on a super windy day if possible

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

I love the course

I enjoy playing Southern Dunes. The practice area, the course, the staff and bar area are all really nice. The pace was slightly slow but a great time nonetheless.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Ak Chin Southern Dunes

Outstanding course. Lots of traps. At least 1 in driving range on every hole!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 31
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great gem

Great course. Firm, challenging greens. Nice fairways and layout. 2nd time playing and did not disappoint!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always a great time

I love playing southern dunes, even as the wind was gusting 20mph. They take great pride in maintaining their course. Will be playing it again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing Course in Maricopa, AZ - Horrible Mosquito Infestation

The Good

- From the moment you pull up to Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course, you can tell you're in for a complete golf experience. When I arrived, the bag drop attendant was very attentive and pointed me in the right direction to the pro shop.and restrooms. We chatted about the course as was very excited to play a Fred Couple's designed course, being from Seattle and all.

- After checking-in, the bag drop attendant loaded my bag on the golf cart and I rode a short distance to the driving range. The driving range was great, grass hitting area, unlimited balls, and good yardage targets to calibrate your distances and ball flight. As usual, the range balls are flight limited and don’t have the same feel as a quality ball you would typically use during your round. The chipping and putting areas were also on-point and provided an accurate feel of grass and greens on the course.

- With the above being said, the greens are incredible...very very fast, very very firm...this is not a course where you're seeking to hit the flagstick on your approach shot as the ball will inevitably roll off the backside of the green and likely into one of the numerous bunkers throughout the course. The greens are so firm that your ball will not leave a ball mark from an approach shot. This is a course which caters to players who can hit quality bump and run shots; high lofted wedge shots, and those who can impart hella backspin on the ball to hold the greens. With that being said, the putts roll true to quality reads and behave accordingly to the break, slope, undulation, and grain. The areas of the green that are in the shade also rolled slower than those in the sun, which was appreciated after a couple holes.

- The tee boxes were in great shape, with clear demarcation of the yardages. Additionally, all the carts have GPS technology with screens that display the total yardage to the flagstick, touch point yardage to areas you want to hit at, as well as an approach-view that shows the undulation of the green so you can properly assess how you want to play the shot. The approach shotn feature was very useful as a first-time player on the course because tye greens are firm and many are elevated so you don't know your shot result until you walk up.

- Similarly, the fairways were also in fantastic shape. The grass slightly elevated the ball so you didn't have to take as large of a divot to ensure ball first and center-face contact, but was also not so high and fluffy like second cut or fringe grass. You can tell the course maintenance staff takes pride in their work and avid golfers will appreciate these conditions.

The Bad

- The only bad thing I can say about the course is manybofntge bunkers were hardpan and inconsistent. I'm speaking from the experience of my playing partners who often found their tee or approach shots funnelling into the bunkers. Its understandable that with so many bunkers on the course, the maintenance cannot rake every single one, every single morning. So the best advice I would share is stay out of the bunkers and if you do go, club up and utilize the bounce as well as you can.

The Ugly

Finally, I provide the ugly... the desert mosquitoes. Nothing can prepare you for the amount of mosquitoes that swarm around in the late afternoon. Apparently it's because they water the course in the morning and when it dries the mosquitoes come out. We didn't really experience it from holes 1-13. However beginning on hole 14 it was apparent that they were everywhere. Believe me, it will impact all of your shots because as you set up to hit and are still, the mosquitoes buzz around your ears, eyes, mouth, and will even land on your shirt and pants to try and suck blood. The course knows it's an issue and has OFF Bug Spray on deck to mitigate the problem, but it wasn't that effective.I would strongly recommend you bring your own bug spray, something strong and long-lasting like White Mountain Bug Oil which I use because it's natural oils and DEET-free. It's so bad it made me want to just leave and my otherwise fantastic scorecard was ruined because every shot, including putts was accompanied by small clouds of mosquitoes swarming about. I actually enjoyed driving the cart to the next few holes because it allowed us to stay moving with wind blowing the mosquitoes away.

If anyone from the course reads this, feel free to contact me. This is an issue that will ruin the experience for golfers who travel far and wide to enjoy your course.

Notes

- Water bottles are located at the hole marker stations at numerous holes on the course. Take advantage and stay hydrated throughout your round.

- The starters are very knowledgeable and friendly, especially the guy with the mustache from Long Island, NY, who brought bug spray to our group on the 14th hole fairway. Also, the gentleman Micheal educated us on the course, including the bunkers and other aspects which are useful to players who are new to the course.

- The bar/lounge/patio area is spacious, cool, and inviting. They spray water mist overhead to help keep golfers cool at the turn or for a 19th hole beverage.

Overall, I would definitely play the course again, but only copious bug deterrent oil or spray.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 43
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
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
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
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 44
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

pricy for the condition

nice course, I just felt that it was too pricy for the condition of the course

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 67
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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