Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona, USA | GolfPass
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4.7
929 Reviews (929)
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3 Stars
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23
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
96.3%
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4.7
69 Reviews (69)
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4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.9
97.1%
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4.7
120 Reviews (120)
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Conditions
4.6
Value
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Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.5%
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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
929 Reviews (929)

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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5.0
New York Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Hidden gem track in the Phoenix valley area

Track layout and conditions are as good as they come. Course plays excellent. It's beautifully designed for both avid and recreational players. Definitely a pleasant surprise and different from the other tourist trap courses in the valley. This track is up there with just about any other top course in the Phoenix valley.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 3
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 Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice day on a tough track.

Course as usual was in great shape. Somewhat penalizing if you miss the fairway, but all in all a good day. Only draw back was some slow play of the groups in front of us. We'll be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 92
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Used cart

Excellent Course - worth the drive

This is an excellent and well run course. Probably the best in the “southern” phoenix area. It’s about a 35 minute drive from chandler, and well worth it. Due to remote location its cheaper than the courses closer to town, like Wildhorse Pass and at least as good.

There are a lot of bunkers, so approach shots must be accurate (mine were not - i must have hit 10 green side bunkers).

Greens had been punch sometime before i played, and had not completely recovered. They were fast enough, but not as fast as the people who play there a lot thought they usually were.

Plus they have iced bottled water every three holes. Drink it. I didnt drink enough and ran out of gas on 18.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 37
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fantastic Shape!!!

Very great day! Our group was a little slow but the course Marshall was very good about encouraging our playing partners to speed it up. Played in 4 hours. Course is playing really well for this time of year. Greens were punched 7 days ago but will likely be perfect in 3 days.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 48
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mosquitos were terrible,, it really took away from the experience... the bag guys said people were quitting but we toughed it out

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

Great Course; Good time

Great course especially if you like sand. Some bunkers have right amount of sand others not so much.

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

Great value

Had a noon Tee time and had a single join myself and a buddy. Not busy at all. Paid $38 through golf now. Very hot and humid day. Plenty of water on the course and we seen the cart girl a few times. Course was in good shape. Layout is great. We played at 6500 yard blue tees. Tee boxes fairways and greens all in good shape. Bunkers were a little crusty from the morning light rain. . Off the fairways is desert and brush. Not very attractive. Can’t wait to play it again. One of the better course in Phoenix area.

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

Great Track

Bring your shovel to this beautiful Troon managed course.. Great summer conditions.. Greens in great shape…

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 200
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Arizona Advisor
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Pace of play killed the round

The greens had been recently punched. There was no notification of this before booking the round. Drove over an hour to get here and was not pleased about not knowing this ahead of time. Would probably have made a different selection.
The pace was like a death march. It took over 3 hours to play the back 9. At this pace we could not enjoy the round at all. At 115° it felt more like a death march than a golf round. The ranger came around and told us that it was playing slow in front of us. No kidding, genius. We figured that out on our own. How about keeping the pace moving.
Here is a suggestion for the starters. Instead of telling us that there is 160 sand traps, tell the players which tee would best suit their game. If you are a high handicapper use "X" tees, Mid level use "Y" etcetera. If I had to guess why it was so slow I'd say it was that far too many players were playing from the wrong tees and ruining the day for every one behind them.
FYI. They are punching the fairways next week. I doubt there will be any notice of this. You have been forewarned.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Everyone there was fantastic!

From when you drop your bags until lunch after golf, it was a great experience. If I lived in Maricopa, this would be my "home" course. Fairways are cut a little short but that's my only issue. It's summer in Arizona show it it's expected.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 97
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Tennessee Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A wonderful course with a great deal of challenge

This course can be as difficult or as less difficult as you want. FOr most standard golfers, they go for Blue tees and leave the back tees for the single handicappers or extremely long players. I suggest you swallow your pride, bury your ego, and keep your round fun yet still challenging by playing the shorter tees. There is plenty of challenge to be had from the white tees or shorter and you will find much less frustration.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good condition, friendly locals

I was paired with a couple of regulars that really helped with tee box guidance. They were friendly as well. Staff was really friendly and helpful. Course was in good shape and was a lot of fun to play. Some sand traps could use more sand and a few were very wet. But that did not distract from my round. Definitely a course on my future play list

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

From the Tips: Best public Arizona course

I played in 105 weather. The course was not totally, but fairly empty. Tee time was noon. Staff was friendly, attentive, and even with my late, hot, discounted tee time, I never felt unwelcomed. Because of the open field, was given the choice to pair up or play alone (unheard of in my experience at any decent course) and with a single behind and in front, pace of play never was an issue. I didn't hit multiple shots from different lies, but I never once felt rushed or was waiting on the guy ahead.

Considering it was the end of June, course arriation was just a couple of weeks ago, and it's been excessively dry up until a monsoon the night before; conditions were amazing, and the putting surfaces were well taken care of and moved quickly and evenly throughout the course. I had to move a ball from a rough green side patch once. But in Arizona during this time of the year, most of these courses look like something you would see in a post apocalypse wasteland, and the greens are all on vacation up north or something.

The twilight green fee was an amazing deal if you're willing to deal with the heat (with the added bonus of a nice and empty course to play on) but I will definitely be back this winter to try the course on it's "cool" setting.

Restaurant and bar looked very nice, but I didn't stay for the happy hour. The course is way out of town. Coming from the northwest part of Phoenix, it was around a 1.15 hr drive each way, so be prepared to drive through some desert. But it 100% is worth the drive.

PS. The tee you decide to play will really have an effect on your round here. Playing the tips isn't just adding 10 yards to a hole like it is at most of the Arizona courses, but it usually changes the entire strategy of the hole. It is a really fun strategy

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great morning outing

Beautiful and challenging track, helpful staff, certainly worth the extra drive time.

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