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4.7
999 Reviews (999)
5 Stars
688
4 Stars
231
3 Stars
52
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
96.4%
Recommend this course
935 out of 999 reviews
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4.8
81 Reviews (81)
5 Stars
67
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
97.5%
Recommend this course
79 out of 81 reviews
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4.7
147 Reviews (147)
5 Stars
113
4 Stars
28
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
143 out of 147 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
999 Reviews (999)

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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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Atlanta Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

What a GEM!!

Very few places you can go play where you have QUIET. When you're away from the clubhouse, there are holes where you just need to stop, admire the view, and just listen..... For the sounds of silence. Love it!!

And BTW, the course is gorgeous, and the greens and fairways are perfect!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat 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 57
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 4
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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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
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course...and a small critique

This course is awesome and impresses me more everytime I play it. You need to use every club in the bag and are rewarded for good shots. Tough but fair. A small critique - if you play from the back tees they are not in very good condition. Very lumpy/uneven. Play this course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the top 10 Courses You can play in Arizona

It's always a please playing Southern Dunes. Rates are actually reasonable compared to the other superb courses in Arizona this time of year. Highly recommended!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of the best course in the AZ!

Having come down to the Phoenix area from Canada for 12 years now, I can honestly say I make sure I play this course every time I come down. It would be a shame not too! Everything from driving down the lane to the clubhouse, to the friendly staff, practice facilities, perfectly manicured fairways and the truest greens, to leaving and reminiscing about the day on the drive home...it just doesn’t get better! And the food is incredible! Highly recommend. You will be hard pressed to find a golfing experience that matches Southern Dunes in all of Arizona!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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