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4.5
576 Reviews (576)
5 Stars
378
4 Stars
140
3 Stars
39
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
91.7%
Recommend this course
532 out of 576 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.2
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
85.3%
Recommend this course
29 out of 34 reviews
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4.3
62 Reviews (62)
5 Stars
35
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
90.3%
Recommend this course
56 out of 62 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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Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tips 72 7546 yards 76.4 142
Black 72 7330 yards 75.1 138
Gold 72 6902 yards 72.4 129
Blue 72 6493 yards 70.6 124
White 72 5981 yards 68.2 118
Red (W) 72 5055 yards 71.7 124
Scorecard for Southern Dunes
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Tips M: 76.4/142 449 370 575 165 451 248 584 484 483 3809 412 189 468 606 323 496 576 204 463 3737 7546
Black M: 75.1/138 433 365 548 160 426 244 576 465 445 3662 408 182 462 587 312 491 570 198 458 3668 7330
Gold M: 72.4/129 411 323 513 152 390 217 548 445 421 3420 388 170 442 546 302 470 549 180 435 3482 6902
Blue M: 70.6/124 382 310 467 145 370 200 530 429 415 3248 366 160 408 507 283 430 515 170 406 3245 6493
White M: 68.2/118 W: 72.5/126 325 300 460 128 315 154 515 372 398 2967 342 139 355 496 260 410 499 138 375 3014 5981
Red W: 71.7/124 253 238 390 120 229 151 448 339 299 2467 301 112 298 451 252 362 412 124 276 2588 5055
Handicap 9 15 1 17 7 13 3 5 11 14 18 8 2 12 6 4 16 10
Par 4 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 36 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 3 4 36 72

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

4.5
576 Reviews (576)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 55
Patio Dining 44
Brunch 23
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 114
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 95
In the 'Burbs 15
Convenient to the City 7

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5.0
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Southern dunes

Excellent course, friendly staff a must play if you are in the Phoenix area

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Driven off by Mosquitoes

Extremely challenging course, made even tougher by morning tournament and sun baked greens. By the time I teed off at 2PM it was nearly unplayable for a golfer of my ability; 9 handicap. The approaches are well guarded by numerous deep bunkers and unless you could land your approach at least 2 to three paces short the greens simply would not hold.

The real deal breaker though were the mosquitoes. We finally quit after 14 holes because they were unbearable. A gentleman in the locker room was covered with dozens of dime sized welts where he had been bitten right through his golf shirt.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wind storm

Extremely windy day which created dust storms. Should have been given option for refund given course was basically unplayable. Small, hard packed greens made it a bit unfair. Staff very helpful.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very Goldorak and challenging course

We player in 4 Hours 15 on a very well préparer course.
The course has a lot of bunkers and is very well designed.
Staff is very useful and friendly. À top golf expérience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice track!

Awesome course to play in Southwest part of PHX area! Great conditions!

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

Great Place to Golf

From the staff helpfulness to the course itself, this is a class operation all the way around. The layout was challenging and the course conditions were excellent. Can't ask for a better place to play golf!

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

Long drive but definitely worth it

I’d heard good things about this course so when I found a good price and tee time I booked it. Definitely worth it. From bag drop to the end everything was great. Tee boxes fairways greens and bunkers were in great shape. I hade an 8:08 tee time and played as fast as the group in front of us. Just over four hours. Would definitely drive 40 miles again to play here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Ak-Chin

108 bunkers! Not very scenic....expected cactus!?

Fair course for women from red tees....just over 5,000 yds.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Ak chin

The course was in beautiful shape however the golf round not so good. Pace of play was slow and no one tried to speed up play. It was a windy day. Constant wind of 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 45. Not a day to play golf but no way to get a refund. Even the starter said it was a good day to go bowling. Two people in out foursome quit because of the conditions. A side wind would drift the ball up to 50 yards. Not real happy.

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

Excellent course

Excellent course. Conditions and layout were great. Coulda play this course every week. Will definitely play again.

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 Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best course in Phx

By far one of the best courses in Phoenix. Equal to Quintero or Troon North. A little far south but totally worth the drive. Fred couples did an amazing job designing this course. Will definitely be back soon. If you can find tee time under $150 it’s a steal!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great challenge

I’ve played the course several times. Always in great shape. Staff is great. New carts. Bottled water on several holes if needed. Great layout. Pace of play was just over 4 hours. Considering having to play out of several bunkers we made good time. Lots of bunkers make it a good challenge and they actually have sand in them unlike a lot of other courses. Would definitely recommend the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
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

Very consistent

I've played Southern Dunes 5 times during different visits to Arizona. All aspects of the course and facilities are consistently excellent. I've always had a great experience. The course is challenging but not crazy difficult. There is lots of sand to avoid. The bunkers are in excellent condition with very good sand. The greens are not too fast. The tees are consistently in great shape.

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

Great Golf course!

This is a fun great golf course to play. Every aspect of it. The only knock is the inconsistency of sand in bunkers. But they have spend over a million dollars for new sand after last October storms, but that didn’t cover all of them. There are a ton of them so understandable. Hopefully they will do the rest of them.

A must golf course to play!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Troon Course

Great track and highly recommend.. Lots of character and lots of trade winds . Shot makers course and worth the trip out of the city.
Greens were trues and fast and boxes were awesome. Fairways were good and bunkers a little off from all the rain..
worthwhile

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Must play

Beautiful, challenging, fun, great condition...this place has it all. A must play for someone looking for a great experience without the typical crazy high rates that are the norm this time a year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Ak-Chin iIs A Must Play

This course always impresses. I have played this course several times and I always look forward to playing and bringing out of town guests here. It is in fantastic condition from tee box to green. The layout is awesome and presents a challenge to any caliber of golfer. I would recommend this course to anyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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