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4.4
704 Reviews (704)
5 Stars
458
4 Stars
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3 Stars
45
2 Stars
20
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
90.7%
Recommend this course
649 out of 704 reviews
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4.6
51 Reviews (51)
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
96.1%
Recommend this course
49 out of 51 reviews
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4.6
93 Reviews (93)
5 Stars
64
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.7%
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89 out of 93 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

4.4
704 Reviews (704)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 55
Patio Dining 44
Brunch 23
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 115
Forced Carries 52
Undulating Greens 52
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 85
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 45
A Weekend Splurge 42
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 96
In the 'Burbs 15
Convenient to the City 7

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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 51
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Southern Dunes

The golf course was in great shape tee to green. The only problem is there is a lack of sand in the sand traps.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Staff-1 star; Management-1 star; Club Manager-0 stars; Course-5 stars

First and foremost the course is all it is supposed to be...fantastic! But not the experience. Now my experience:
-7:28 tee time - pay and am told to take any cart. I do.
- Hit balls (nice range)
- Go to starter at first tee. Told that I now have to share a cart or pay another $25. I explained the cart was included...not a shared cart included. I explained this was important for me personally as I have a grandson whose most recent organ transplant was a four organ transplant and was in the Hospital and I needed to be extra vigilant due to Covid. Okay, we’ll give you a cart with a divider. No, I paid for my own cart for health concerns and I didn’t want a “divided” cart. Riding with someone else. Again, no. I paid the $25 so as not to tee off late...
- Right as we’re getting ready to tee off we are told that if we are too fast we will be pulled off the course to allow the maintenance crew to finish their jobs without us on the course...I kid you not; we were told to not play too fast, What?
- Finish playing (again, love the course). Go to Pro shop to speak to head pro/director of golf...get club manager instead ( which is fine)...manager (Brady, I think) says sorry about your situation but there you go. I said even though your website clearly says I paid for my own cart as a single (not to mention the situation with my grandson) you really don’t care. His response was, and I quote, “Correct, I really don’t care”. Had I been told in advance of the $25 extra fee, fine no problem. But after the fact and the attitude rubbed me wrong. One more time, the golf course is great. I just had a bad customer service experience. Play the course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the best

First time here and the good reviews are for real.
I have played most of the best Scottsdale / Mesa courses and AK-Chin is on par with any of them.
Great design, conditions, staff is well worth the ride.
You won't be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
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

always fantastic

Wonderful conditions considering the overseed process, only issue was with the tees, they were a little scruffy but more than playable

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 80
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Must Play worth the drive

5th time playing this year
Played in February
June and twice in November - 9th and 16th
Play every time I visit Scottsdale / Phoenix

Staff is the best ( I work in golf business)
Layout fair and challenging with over 100 bunkers
Plenty of room off the tee
Fairways great - about 2 weeks after overseed
Cart Path only still
Greens rolled true and at at a good pace , still a bit slow

Played at 9:15 , joined a threesome and still played in just under 4 hours even with cart path only

Tee boxes ok
Was only in 2 bunkers and they were fine

Worth the drive

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bang for your buck!

Some buddies from WA came down during November, a pricey time to play in AZ. However Southern Dunes provides a value during this time. Immaculate playing surface, great layout, and a great atmosphere for essentially the price of one of the other local courses (mostly dog tracks). Recommend for anyone looking to make their dollar stretch. A Troon course for the price of a muni.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in Great Condition

Cart path only until Thanksgiving, but not crowded today and pace still under 4 hours

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 80
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor

Must Play

Every time I am in the Phoenix area I make it a point to play here- first time was 12 years ago

Was cart path only after over-seeding but I still played in 2:35 (single 9:30 tee time)

Fairways were pristine, greens rolled true
Bunkers in great shape (only in 2)

Staff is always friendly and helpful
You truly feel they appreciate your business
( I work in the golf business , outside operations and their staff is top notch)

Tee boxes were a little shaggy

Great course and operation

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 15-19
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
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hooked on Dunes

I love this course and will always come back. Layout, condition, staff. Everything is always great!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

course focus

This course makes you focus on your game or hit out of a lot of bunkers, I always play better there because I focus on my game. Great layout, Great People, and alway6s eat there afterward as the food is excellent. and fair prices.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once 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 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Snail's Pace

Tee time was 7:40 a.m. From the first hole, there were three groups per hole and it stayed that way the entire round. Not a marshal to be found. We waited on every. single. shot.

At the turn I told the starter about the situation. He ignored me - he didn't say a word and turned away.

This experience has made me re-think about returning to this course. The only reason I didn't give the overall course rating a "1" is that the condition of the course was good.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Awful Customer Service Experience

Was in a foursome as one of the first few groups to go out in the morning. Conditions were what you would expect for overseed prep, a little dry and burnt out but still very playable. On hole 8 we saw the ranger and he told us to step it up because we were about a hole behind the group in front of us. I told him that we hadn’t seen the group behind us at all and in a very condescending tone stated “it doesn’t matter if anyone is behind you, you are wayyyy behind the group in front and need to hurry it up”. As we were making the turn the starter again in a very condescending tone told us that we were way behind the group in front. There is a 4:29 pace of play policy there and we got thru 9 in 2:03 (a hole better than pace) but he stated that it didn’t mater, we had to be directly behind the group in front. We rushed through 10 and caught up with the group in front on 11 just to find out that there was a threesome in front of us which of course should be playing a bit faster than a foursome. Unbelievable. I have played over 75 public courses in the Phoenix area and this was by far the worst customer service that I’ve experienced. The course itself is great but I would recommend thinking twice about booking here unless you’re okay paying $80+ to get talked to like a grade schooler for doing nothing wrong.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
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