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731 Reviews (731)
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
93.1%
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4.7
63 Reviews (63)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
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4.7
102 Reviews (102)
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
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

4.5
731 Reviews (731)

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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Perfect weather
Used cart

Extremely ast greens detract from fine layout

I've played this course a half dozen times, and absolutely love the variety and layout of holes (if one chooses the correct tees for their abilities, then most all greens are accessible to reach in regulation).

That said, the greens are usually quite fast and (when I recently played last week) sometimes "too quick" (I was even unable on multiple occasions to even "lag" a putt close from just 25-30 feet). These overly fast conditions on the greens can be rectified by proper treatment, but if not applied on such undulating surfaces actually make the course unpleasant to play in the sense that "reaching the green" is not rewarded with conditions a putter can adequately navigate. If the greens are to remain this fast, then the greens need to be somewhat "flattened" to make up for the speed of things.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Favorite course

This has been my favorite course in metro Phoenix since the first time I played it in the middle of the summer when I was expecting a course in “summer” condition and instead found a lush well maintained gem. Lots of bunkers and the course definitely sets up for someone who works the ball left to right. Very firm, fast greens.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

One of the best

Conditions were mint tee to green. I’ve always enjoyed playing here. Probably the most consistent conditions amongst the top courses. I’d say Southern Dunes deserves more accolades

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course!

Definitely a challenge. Played from the gold tees. Pins were insane with the copper cup being played that day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Gorgeous Course

Fantastic scenery and incredibly helpful and responsive staff

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fav in AZ

I’m not used to target golf or desert golf so this is my favorite in AZ thus far - Greens need to be faster boys come on and stop being so friendly to the hacks

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
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
First Time Playing

Frank

What a golf course in my top five. In are group we had a blue tee box “me” and golds do black. It was great from all Tee boxes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome course!! Friendly staff and good food! A must place to play!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun course

Other than the issues with the group behind us the experience and course was great. Will be back again someday.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Gorgeous course!

Today is the first time I played this course and I am very happy I did. It is a gorgeous course and a beautiful layout and it is in superb condition. The greens are fast but very true. If you don’t like sand traps don’t play here because this place is filled with sand traps. If you can only Play one course in Arizona, then play this one because you will cherish the time you spend on it. It is not an easy course by any means but You will have fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Covid

Great course. I played the course twice in the last week. Last Friday the policy regarding covid allowed singles to ride alone in a cart. When I showed up yesterday, I was informed that I had to share a cart with someone I didn’t know. Surprise! They said it’s a new policy implemented the previous day. I made it he teetime through TeeOff before this new policy was implemented. I said since this was a new policy not disclosed by TeeOff nor by the Southern Dunes website ( I checked), to allow me to ride alone. They said no and they can’t change the policy!! I did have the option of paying $25 more and I could take a cart out alone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/30/2020

See my comment from 11/19/20 on the same cart issue. Kind of a joke for such a good (Troon) course. Again, while a good course, the on-course management and staff are kind of cartoonish. However, corporate Troon management called and addressed my issue the same day it occurred which was impressive and appreciated.

Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 20-24
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 Good
Amenities Excellent
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