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4.4
636 Reviews (636)
5 Stars
410
4 Stars
160
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
88.0%
Recommend this course
583 out of 636 reviews
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4.4
41 Reviews (41)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
87.8%
Recommend this course
36 out of 41 reviews
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4.3
77 Reviews (77)
5 Stars
42
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
84.4%
Recommend this course
65 out of 77 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.

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Reviews

4.4
636 Reviews (636)

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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Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
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4.0
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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
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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
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent

Off the beaten path, excellent course. Bunker placements make scores go through the roof. Management is very thoughtful: by renting clubs, two sleaves of balls and a golf cart are provided for free. What a great place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 02/09/2020

Scott3304177, Thank You for the kind words! Hope to have you back soon. Happy Golfing

Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful golf course, excellent condition, very fast green and lots of bunkers

Very good golf course however the pace of play is a bit too slow. The marshall can do a better job. Bunkers need more attention too as a number of them have a lot of stones and pebbles in there. Overall a great golf course.

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

Great course!

Friendly staff, really nice clubhouse and 19th hole, course was excellent. Stay out of the traps and it's not overly difficult, but that's the trick!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Day

Course is in great shape. Traps everywhere. Sand is sticky when wet. Bring your driver, nice wide fairways. But, be careful there are some t shots where you need to keep the big dog in the bag.

Pace of play was great. Ranger out and about but not needed when we played. Employees were very good.

Nice bonus. Spent money in club house received two free tickets for Waste Management tournament.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times 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
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Will Be Back

Played this course in 2004 when it was still private. New owners have done a great job improving the layout, building a great clubhouse, and expanding the practice area. A must play course if you're in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Played lousy on a great course

Fun day of golf on a great course and I played lousy. Sand ate my lunch! Still enjoyed the visit and nothing negative except my game

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Over kill

Great facilities. The staff was exceptional from the golf folks to the waitress and everyone we met. I know the name includes”Dunes” but this was over kill. Way to many sand traps for the good to average to beginners. The traps had too many various textures. Some were packed tight and some were soft and fluff. Very difficult to be consistan out of the sand.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Favorite daily fee PHX course

Never lets me down. Reasonably difficult but fair. Short holes have tough greens, long holes have mild greens. Lots of bunker carries off the tee which I like. Greens fast and true. Always make a tee time at SD when I am here.

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

Great Course

Southern Dunes was a very good experience. The range, practice area, and putting green were good. The layout and bunkering are unique and make it different than other desert courses. It seemed to play a little shorter than the overall yardage. I would definitely play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Ak Chin Disaster

When we got to the course we were told it was cart path only due to recent percipitation. I have a bad hip but we played anyway since I had booked this through golfnow and would have had to pay anyway. Pace of play very slow. Waited 10 minutes on almost every tee box and another five to hit the next shot. Does not make for an enjoyable round of golf and the course management did nothing to speed up the pace of play. This is not the first time this has happened to me at this course. My partner and I quite after thirteen holes. Just was an unaccelptable pace. When I got back to the clib house I spoke with personnel about what had happened and went to the clubhouse for lunch. A while later we aere approached by the manager and was offered a discount on a round of golf. I refused this because I thought why would I put myself through this again. He said he understood and left. At the end of the meal our wattress said the manager had comped our meal which was very nice of him but does not change the fact that I will not play here again. It seems like they will not try to speed up slow players and risk upsetting them and losing future business which I understand. This is not well thought out since they do not take into account how many people say nothing but they do not come back. They need to institute a pace of play policy and inforce it.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good track

Course is always nice to play. A little wet obviously with the rain but not bad. Cart path only due to the rain which was the only bad thing as the round was long.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather

Very windy very cold [43 with wind at 25 mph]

Did not really enjoy. Course in good condition, but was too cold and miserable from wind to appreciate. Bunkers bunkers bunkers.....

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing

Incredible place

Couldn’t believe how cool this place was. It was an incredible deal at $60, and it is an absolute steal of a deal if you can play for anything less than $100. Absolutely loved it. Tees, fairways and greens were just perfect, greens were very quick, and the layout made the course an interesting round, all handicaps really have to think around this place, especially lower handicaps, which is especially rare in a golf course. It also might be the quietest round you will ever play, just a serene setting.

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

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