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4.4
661 Reviews (661)
5 Stars
428
4 Stars
167
3 Stars
43
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
89.7%
Recommend this course
608 out of 661 reviews
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4.7
40 Reviews (40)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.5%
Recommend this course
39 out of 40 reviews
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4.5
71 Reviews (71)
5 Stars
41
4 Stars
25
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
91.5%
Recommend this course
65 out of 71 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
661 Reviews (661)

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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Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

GReat course if you like left to right doglegs

Layout was good but definitely a faders course. Only three holes were drawers holes. Course in Good condition, pace of play was good, but got taken at the arroyos grille. $8.79 for a mediocre hot dog at the turn and $28. For 4 draft beers on the 19th hole. Unacceptable!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Incredible course and friendly staff.

This was my first time playing this course along with the 3 other players in my foursome. The course was playable, the greens were perfect and the staff was amazing. I’ll be back again very soon! One of the best courses in Arizona in my opinion.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

This course is incredible!

We played the tips. A few brown spots in the fairway, but overall, the course was in great condition! Greens were in great shape and were rolling nice. This was my first time playing and I will certainly be back! Highly recommend this place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 65
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Must play

Staff is friendly and knowledgeable
Cart was clean
Layout is great , plenty of tee boxes to fit everyone’s game
Course was airified about two weeks ago but greens were great , rolled true and at a good pace
Only in 2 green side bunkers and they were fine
Fairways above average for this time of year
Water stations every 3 -4 holes
Played front 9 in 1:55 but back nine took almost 3 hours to play
6 sets of tees , course plays between 7500 and 5000 yards

I play every time I come to the Phoenix area

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great course and in good shape and providing a great day of golf with friends. Staff real nice and rangers working the course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great layout and summer conditions!

If you are playing golf in the Phoenix valley you need to check out Southern Dunes. This course features an amazing layout and the conditions are always top notch. Every staff member we interacted with truly wanted us to have a great time. I would recommend this to anyone in the area!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 168
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
California Advisor
First Time Playing

Pure Golf Experience

I was pleasantly surprised with my golf experience here. This is just a pure, solid golf course. Nothing gimmicky or over the top. Just a good play. Some grip it and rip it holes and others were club and shot selection are at a premium. Conditions were about as good as you can get. I also like the abundant trees surrounding the course which isolates you from the desert and gives it a little more of a different feel from the many desert courses in the area. All in all a good value and would put it on my must play list if in the Phoenix area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Loved the layout!

Challenging layout that will play tricks on the eyes from the tee box. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. from the people in the pro shop checking you in, to the starter, beverage cart ladies, and a gentleman that we saw no less than three times to bring around cold bottled water. Absolutely fantastic experience from layout, to service, to pace of play. Worth the drive to desert gem, for sure. Thank you Southern Dunes for a first class golf experience. I highly recommend this course and the experience that it offers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

my day

was a good day. Course was not in as good of condition as in the past. Greens ran a little slow but were true . Really enjoyed my round

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
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
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Golf during covid 19.

Course in great shape. Starter was very helpful. Dunes everywhere and played my share of recovery shots.
2 recommendations: create a Blue/White tee and slope accordingly- 6,200–6,300 yds.
5 holes over 406 yds- just too much to score for 73.yr. old with a 11 handicap.

Second idea: I’m done with the round and go to drop off my clubs at the club drop and return the cart to the barn. A worker stops me just as I approach the clubhouse and informs me he has to take the cart RIGHT THERE!- covid #19.

So, I have to carry the clubs 200 -250 feet to the club drop with a sandwich and drink cooler. It’s 97, I’m 73, a brand new knee 4 months ago.
You get the point.
Somebody wake up!
Otherwise, loved the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging

This course will challenge your game. Between the long par 4s and fairly tight fairways then add the wind it will humble you. Depending on what tees you play it’s easy or challenging. I play from the golds. If you’re a low single digit handicap don’t even try from the tips.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very fun course with pace-of-play problems

First visit, and our group really liked Southern Dunes. It has a lot more grass than most desert courses and a fun layout. In many ways, it was better than expected. The only downside was pace-of-play. We had 5 groups backed up on No. 12 so we turned around and played the front nine again. We mentioned the problem to the starter (we never say a Marshall on the course, but there were several folks delivering ice-cold water), and the starter said that the back 9 always backs up. He said that the members/regulars often play the front 9 twice because the back 9 gets so slow. Disappointing that they know the problem exists but let it persist. If we get the first or second tee time of the day, we may return--the course itself is fantastic.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun in AZ

Well worth fighting the valley traffic to play SD. Course is great, condition is always A1.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course!

I’ve played this course several times on trips to AZ. It has never disappointed! Very well taken care of! Staff was friendly. Loved that there was free bottled water at various holes on the course. The beverage carts made rounds just the right amount and they had margaritas on tap!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

AK Chin Fantastic

Course was in excellent condition and layout was very interesting and challenging. Practice facilities were great. Staff were very friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

very nice track

conditions excellent. good condition and greens roll smoothly. greens are receptive to approach shots. bunkers have excellent sand.
practice area excellent. staff friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Enjoyable, challenging

As all Troon course , a quality experience . Conditions throughout the course are excellent . We always like to come back here for an excellent experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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