Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

4.5258000000 4.5 stars from 5 (407)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7517 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 76.2
  • Layout

  • 48456 W Hwy 238, Maricopa, Arizona 85239, Pinal County
  • (480) 367-8949
  • golfsoutherndunes.com
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Year built: 2002
Architect(s): Brian Curley
Type: Public
Style: Traditional/Links
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round. Closed on Mondays from June 1 - August 31st

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tips 72 7517 yards 76.2 141
Black 72 7307 yards 75.1 138
Gold 72 6889 yards 72.6 131
Blue 72 6493 yards 70.6 126
White 72 6074 yards 68.5 121
Red (W) 72 5102 yards 71.7 124

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 407 Reviews
5 stars:
270
4 stars:
98
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

377 out of 404 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers a bucket list/top 100 pick a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers forced carries undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"if your Handicap is Over 10- BEWARE!!!!"


Pagarrett47's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Southern Dunes is a beautiful golf course excellently maintained with a friendly staff BUT the course is just too difficult for the average golfer. Sand traps are everywhere (I would fault Fred Couples for many of the trap placements) and most greens can't be held unless you are capable of spinning the ball. Due to the courses difficulty the pace of play was terrible- over 5 hours. We will not be back but good golfers will probably enjoy the challenge.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"my favorite"


lojobutler's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
Previously played Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you play from the right tee box this course can give you everything you could want in a course. Be ready to use every club in your bag.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Outstanding layout"


nicky66's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great desert course. Play the proper tees to avoid the numerous fairway bunkers. Superb conditions.

A must play!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



macawgolfer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great public course"


Pizazz84's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Was told that this course sits on an Indian reservation so there is no concern about water and it's shows. I can't say as I have ever played a course that was greener. We had excellent condition and the course was in excellent shape. I'm from upstate NY and if there was a public course like Ak-Chin around here I would join in a heartbeat. I see why it has all the awards. They are well deserved. Nice job on and off the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




u000007113934's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Gem in the desert"


Ron8314417's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love this course. It is a beautiful course and is in immaculate condition. The course staff was friendly so all in all it was a great experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great friendly course and staff"


John89's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course challenging but very fair. Staff is second to none.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"So close to a great day.."


u000004391178's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Well worth drive from Scottsdale. ., course in great shape.. pretty desert and mountains backdrop.. good range and practice facilities.. scores would have been higher except for too many ball marks on greens and countless unrated bunkers.. I can play a cheap muni in Indiana if that's what I want.. lots of guys playing 36 with liquid lunch between.. my hunch is there a relationship to the horrible bunker conditions.. no rangers moving along play either..travel Buddies is a great concept, unless you are playing behind them...


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice Course,"


cluadedurham's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

If you like perfect Greens, well maintained traps and perfect fairways, this course is for you. You will play out of the sand at least once.


I recommend this course


"Sand, sand, sand"


Louann2225569's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great golf course with lots of sand!!! I thought I was at the beach. I like courses that allies me to use every club and this one did not disappoint. Played early on a Saturday morning and finished in less than 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u6613807's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"The Sahara Desert"


u000003825416's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sand sand sand. Very beautiful & well managed but should be less than a 15 handicap golfer to enjoy play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"One of the nicest courses I have played...Anywhere!"


memealy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Took a drive through the desert and was pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful yet challenging course. 6 tees so golfers of any level can play. Veiws are spectacular and the fairways and greens were in the best condition of any course I have played. Well worth the trip and will be back in the future for sure


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Loved it - thanks for a great day (36 holes)"


mikemcforusagolf's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

price shown was for 36 holes. Greens were fantastic, everything was great. Yes, its a bit of a drive to get there, but we had a wonderful day and after a quick 3 day weekend (escaping the canadian winter) this course was the best we played and a great value for the quality of the course and the overall experience. Thanks guys, great job


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome Shape, Fast Greens and Bunkers Galore."


u8927379's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the 1st time yesterday and have booked another round.

Course is well laid out, but you definitely need to pay attention

to all of the bunkers. Starter told us to use the GPS in the cart - sure glad he did!!

Greens are true and fast, bunkers are looked after, fairways are manicured and completely covered with grass!

Staff are friendly and willing to look after all of your needs.

I'm a 9 handicap and the course gave me a good test.

Course is set up for all levels and I recommend it for everyone

Only issue is pace of play, 4hrs, 40 min - but then again I played with 3 fun ladies

and as we kept up with the group in front of us we didn't have to worry about the Marshall asking us to pick up our pace.

Thanks for a fun round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Foggy Day!"


KPOrtiz1962's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had an unexpected 1.2 hour fog delay, it gave me a chance to try the food in the restaurant which was pretty good. Once we were allowed to tee up and play, the pace was pretty good. Fairways were soft and you didn't get much roll, greens were in excellent shape considering the amount of rain they've gotten.

It's a bit of a drive to get to, but will always put Southern Dunes on my play list when in Phoenix.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bit of a hike"


uKWRH4464KW's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed this coarse, lots of bunker troubles and had to trust yardages. They had a 90 minute fog delay so we just managed to finish 18. Due to weekend rains it was cart path only which slowed down play. Drove 1 hr and 15 min. To get there but worth the drive. Should be on bucket list if in the area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Worth the trip"


walterzjr's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

We played this course last year and we drove down on a Sunday from Carefree this year to play. Its an easy hour trip and this course is a can't miss when in the area.

The employees are cordial and make an effort to be sure the customers get what they pay for. There is a practice chipping area a nice driving range and a practice green in front of the clubhouse by the first tee.

It had rained for two days prior so it was cart path only but the course seemed to drain very well. The 100 bunkers make Southern Dunes very much a placement type track..

The undulating greens rolled very true and had good speed. Southern Dunes has many tournaments held there during the year so it is well manicured. It's a can;t miss and a great golf experience. An by the way the coyotes don't seem to mind the presence of the golfers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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