815 Plantation Road, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542, US
(251) 540-7000
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About Kiva Dunes

Kiva Dunes Resort is set within a conservation area on the Fort Morgan peninsula minutes from the sugar-white beaches of Gulf Shores. Its vacation rentals range from full homes to fully furnished condos, each allowing guests access to the resort's four pools, two restaurants and private beach. The Kiva Beach Club is home to a salt-water pool and full restaurant service. Massage and yoga services are available. Kiva Dunes, a Jerry Pate design, is considered by many Alabama's No. 1 public course.

Facts

Price Range$$$
Property Class★★★★
Year Opened1995
Number of Units100-300

Amenities & Services

RestaurantsBar, Casual
Room TypesFractional Ownership
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Banquet SpaceYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Kiva Dunes

Reviews

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Best in Gulf Shores

1st time in the Gulf Shores area and we played all the courses in a 40 mile range. This was the best by far. I shot 73 from the tips so I am very good at golf and know what a good course looks like. Over seeded fairways, perfect greens and wonderful pace of play. Felt more like a private club. only negative might be the routing. A little to back and fourth for my taste. Hole variety was solid with a nice mixture of length on the par 3’s. Par 4’s had some nice mixtures as well. The par 5’s were a let down with not a ton of variety but you can’t have everything! It was also great to hear the waves crashing the whole time, but it’s a shame the design never lets you see the water. This would have brought this course into another level. That being said anyone who plays here will have fun and enjoy the experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Challenger

A great experience. Not for the faint of heart if you don't keep the ball in the fairway. Greens were fast but true, just the way they should be. Truly a great course that I would play many times over

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Amazing Course!!

This course was absolutely pristine!! The greens were immaculate and firm. They rolled well and had good speed, but were still very receptive to the ball. Fairways were some of the best i have ever played. Even the tee boxes were perfect. I played the back tees, and while distance was long(~7200), it did make it fun and challenging. There are tee boxes that would make this course great for any one!

I am a member at a very very nice club in the Atlanta area, and it pains me to admit that this course put my home course to shame. There was not a thing that Kiva Dunes didnt exceed my club in.

Im Hoping to get back out there soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 57
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Not Impressed

Disclaimer: Drawn to the course by reviews. Used to playing golf in the Midwest with fescue and bentgrass. Not many "quality" courses in the area. Typically a walker.

I had higher expectations for this course based on reviews. The overall condition was VG. Greens were solid, hard and tough to hold on approach. One challenging water-carry hole on the course. Several tee boxes were covered in divots.

My biggest concern was pace of play and realize this is a resort course with the potential for higher numbers of high handicap players. Several groups allowed us to play through only to realize the group we followed in to the club house on 18 had at least one hole open in front of them. This was after the nice young man had a conversation with us about how their round had suffered from slow play.

I realize many courses face pressure in today's business environment and are troubled with rising labor costs and dwindling labor supply. Their were marshalls on the course,but all they did was drive the course in their carts. Courses need to step up and take charge of pace on their course. Pace could have easily been improved if the slow groups were required to allow other groups to play through.

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

True Beach golf course

Unique property with very interesting layout. Great fairways

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
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 Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome Course!

What a fantastic place! Super friendly staff; wonderful layout. Tee to green; the course was in fabulous condition. Very playable for 10-25 handicappers. We played with Hurricane IAN in the gulf so some wind affected us, but still able to keep the score low. Love to come back again when down here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Kiva dunes

Play here every couple of years during vacations. Course is always in excellent condition. If the wind is blowing it can be a bear.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Kiva didn’t disappoint

Great track. Great condition. Can use signage on the course though

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
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
Amenities Excellent
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