15406 N Maricopa Rd, Maricopa, Arizona 85139, US
(480) 802-5000
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About Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino

Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino, part of Caesar's Entertainment, is a 500-room casino hotel property on the Ak-Chin tribal ground in Maricopa, just south of Phoenix, Arizona. The hotel is located near Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, one of the top-rated Phoenix-Scottsdale golf courses that features an Australian Sandbelt-inspired design. Harrah's features live table games as well as a spa and outdoor pool. There are six dining concepts highlighted by a fine dining option, Chop, Block & Brew. For live entertainment there is also a show lounge with national acts on the schedule.

Facts

Price Range$$
Property Class★★★
Year Opened1994
Number of Units500+

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Buffet, Bar, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
CasinoYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

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

4.5
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Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

This course will challenge your skills

This was my first time playing here and my overall experience was fabulous. The entire staff is extremely friendly, helpful and professional making you feel welcome from the start. The off course facilities from the practice range through the chipping and putting area are in superb condition. The pro shop, restaurant/bar and outside seating area are open and inviting, well designed and very comfortable.

Now for the course itself. A word of advise, if the weak part of your game is getting out of the bunker practice a lot before you take on the challenging but fun layout. The course is in excellent shape considering the flood damage that occurred just 10 weeks ago and is a testament to the excellence of the superintendent and his crew. Check out the before and after photos outside the pro shop to see what I mean. The design will challenge your shot making abilities if you want to steer clear of the numerous bunkers on every hole. The fairways are lush and full with generous landing areas off the tee. The bunkers run the gamut from large and flat along the fairways to steep and challenging guarding the greens while the sand is fine but easily played from. The greens are in excellent shape, fast and true with challenging reads but large enough to allow ample options for your approach shots. My son and I, both 18-20 handicappers, found this layout to be fun to play and a challenge all at the same time and throughly enjoyed our round. We highly recommend this course to anyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Under Repair

Like many courses in the area, they had major course flooding in October. They are addressing the damaged areas and issues. The staff is great, the grill area is great... they are charging a higher fee than the course warrants under its current state... even the repaired areas are below average at best... the course is roughly a $60.00 course at best under its current condition... would recommend this course all day when its in premium condition... however its currently below average, even with the on going repairs...
Tees, fairways and greens are in decent shape... some issues here and there but mostly above average... bunkers sustained most of the damage and are unplayable... the ones that have been repaired have an over abundance of sand in them and are not to the normal standard...

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not a good place, poor value for the $$

The course was listed as 90 degrees, but is cart path only for a couple of months. We were luck to finish in slightly over 5 hours. Other than the greens and fairways, everything is ground under repair. Most all of the traps are closed and hard as roc or full of equipment. They are unplayable and hard as rock, so if you go in on good luck finding your ball they just bounce away.

The mowing has left a lot of cut grass on the fairways, so can loose a ball in the fairway.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Don’t expect a quick early round, and recent flooding causing major disruption.

I booked the first tee time available at 0720 in order to get away early and have a fast round. That and the next 43 tee times showed 1-4 players available so I was expecting a quick round. 2 problems with that...the starter told me that they always put out a 4-ball to start with (at 0712) so that any quicker groups don’t catch up the ground staff preparing the course ahead. Secondly I was only told that it was strictly cart path only on arrival at the course. No mention of that whatsoever on GolfNow and had I known that I wouldn’t have booked. Finally due to recent flooding there are workers all over the course who are basically ignoring the golfers so it’s noisy and dangerous for them. A poor experience and Ak-Chin need to publicise the cart path only rule and ongoing works as others courses fairly do.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great shape and love this course. Can’t wait for the greens to be lighting again but still rolled very well.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 51
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Colorado Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Worth it

Freddie did a great job with this course. Fun and different, not your usual desert scene. Very slow greens but that's not uncommon this time of year. Cool Australian sand belt simulator. Worth the drive down from Phoenix.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Weather won’t stop us

We should layes after a big storm and there were only 9holes open. Normally that would be upsetting but this course is worth it. They took care of us and we enjoyed it.
Definitely will come back and play the full 18

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 92
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

AK

Beautiful lay out , you see what you get , no hidden object Awesome track

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Food and drink prices where outrageous

Nice course but borderline ridiculous for traps. Not a very good course for the average player.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Aerification

No warning of aeriating greens, was not worth the money

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

Unbelievable course, aerated greens

One of the nicest courses I’ve played in Arizona. Unfortunately the greens were aerated and no warning of it. Even with that, still enjoyed the round. Entire staff is friendly and accommodating. Tee box and fairways are in perfect conditions. Only downfall were the greens but I will be back to play again.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 82
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Good value - good test

Practice facilities great. Staff friendly and helpful
Tee boxes and fairways very good
Greens looked awful BUt rolled fine and with good speed. Pace of play for Friday at 9 was great - 4 hours.

Not overly difficult but enough of a test for single digit handicap playing from gold tees -6450

Great value for 33 on golfnow
The casino is right there so plenty to do

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course... but bring your beach chair

This was my first time playing Southern Dunes and it didn't disappoint. The course is in great condition for being summer in Arizona. The greens are fast and firm. I was very impressed with the overall layout of the course. The only thing that me and my friends struggled with was the sheer amount of bunkers on this course. You need to bring your "A Game" when it comes to accuracy or else you are going to be spending a lot of time on the beach. Overall, a great day!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun Course

Southern Dunes is a very fun course with plenty of bunkering to navigate around.
Played in late May, the greens looked a bit bumpy, but actually rolled real nice. Lots of left to right holes for all you right hand faders. Bottle water is available every three holes, which is big on a 100-degree day.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome

Great layout, great food service was excellent. Cant say enough great things. Will absolutely be back experience was first class even in the off-season.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Always a pleasure at Southern Dunes

This is one of the best golf courses in the Phoenix area and absolutely worth the drive.

It's crazy that I played here for $50 (that's including tax) on a holiday weekend when Troon North, TPC, Grayhawk, and other courses still would have wanted three figures to play. This is a better golf course than any of those. Does it have the address or the views? No, but what you get here is great golf with no homes, no roads, nothing but great golf.

The greens on this day looked a little rough but they actually putted fine, maybe a bit slower than they normally do here (but they are typically FAST out here so that's not to call them slow by any means).

My only real complaint was the pace of play, which was fairly glacial. It took every bit of five hours to play, which is bad enough and as I was part of a threesome that felt even longer. As we were waiting to tee off, the group turning off nine had all of the tenth hole open in front of them (the group in front was putting on 11 already). The starter asked them to pick it up, but by that point the damage is already done and we knew we were in for a long day.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Enjoyable

Working their way toward transition season, so the greens were a little bumpy and sandy. This is a great layout with many challenging holes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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