Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

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4.6
542
5 Stars
359
4 Stars
134
3 Stars
33
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
93.7%
Recommend this course
503 out of 539 reviews
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4.5
29
5 Stars
17
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
96.6%
Recommend this course
28 out of 29 reviews
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4.5
91
5 Stars
57
4 Stars
27
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
93.4%
Recommend this course
85 out of 91 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7546
Slope 142
Rating 76.4
Type Public
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.
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

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

4.6
542

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 55
Patio Dining 44
Brunch 23
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 113
Forced Carries 52
Undulating Greens 52
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 85
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 44
A Weekend Splurge 42
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 94
In the 'Burbs 15
Convenient to the City 7
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5.0
Previously Played

Great shape and love this course. Can’t wait for the greens to be lighting again but still rolled very well.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Worth it

Freddie did a great job with this course. Fun and different, not your usual desert scene. Very slow greens but that's not uncommon this time of year. Cool Australian sand belt simulator. Worth the drive down from Phoenix.

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

Weather won’t stop us

We should layes after a big storm and there were only 9holes open. Normally that would be upsetting but this course is worth it. They took care of us and we enjoyed it.

Definitely will come back and play the full 18

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

AK

Beautiful lay out , you see what you get , no hidden object Awesome track

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Food and drink prices where outrageous

Nice course but borderline ridiculous for traps. Not a very good course for the average player.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Aerification

No warning of aeriating greens, was not worth the money

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

Unbelievable course, aerated greens

One of the nicest courses I’ve played in Arizona. Unfortunately the greens were aerated and no warning of it. Even with that, still enjoyed the round. Entire staff is friendly and accommodating. Tee box and fairways are in perfect conditions. Only downfall were the greens but I will be back to play again.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

Good value - good test

Practice facilities great. Staff friendly and helpful

Tee boxes and fairways very good

Greens looked awful BUt rolled fine and with good speed. Pace of play for Friday at 9 was great - 4 hours.

Not overly difficult but enough of a test for single digit handicap playing from gold tees -6450

Great value for 33 on golfnow

The casino is right there so plenty to do

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

Great Course... but bring your beach chair

This was my first time playing Southern Dunes and it didn't disappoint. The course is in great condition for being summer in Arizona. The greens are fast and firm. I was very impressed with the overall layout of the course. The only thing that me and my friends struggled with was the sheer amount of bunkers on this course. You need to bring your "A Game" when it comes to accuracy or else you are going to be spending a lot of time on the beach. Overall, a great day!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun Course

Southern Dunes is a very fun course with plenty of bunkering to navigate around.

Played in late May, the greens looked a bit bumpy, but actually rolled real nice. Lots of left to right holes for all you right hand faders. Bottle water is available every three holes, which is big on a 100-degree day.

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

Awesome

Great layout, great food service was excellent. Cant say enough great things. Will absolutely be back experience was first class even in the off-season.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Always a pleasure at Southern Dunes

This is one of the best golf courses in the Phoenix area and absolutely worth the drive.

It's crazy that I played here for $50 (that's including tax) on a holiday weekend when Troon North, TPC, Grayhawk, and other courses still would have wanted three figures to play. This is a better golf course than any of those. Does it have the address or the views? No, but what you get here is great golf with no homes, no roads, nothing but great golf.

The greens on this day looked a little rough but they actually putted fine, maybe a bit slower than they normally do here (but they are typically FAST out here so that's not to call them slow by any means).

My only real complaint was the pace of play, which was fairly glacial. It took every bit of five hours to play, which is bad enough and as I was part of a threesome that felt even longer. As we were waiting to tee off, the group turning off nine had all of the tenth hole open in front of them (the group in front was putting on 11 already). The starter asked them to pick it up, but by that point the damage is already done and we knew we were in for a long day.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Enjoyable

Working their way toward transition season, so the greens were a little bumpy and sandy. This is a great layout with many challenging holes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Very nice course with lots of sand.

If you like bunkers, this is the course for you! I think they said there was 108. You must be a pretty accurate golfer to do well here. The course was in very good conditions. Greens rolled extremely fast. Fairways are in great conditions. Pace of play wasn't too bad had a 4 some ahead and another 4 some before them , that slowed it down just a bit. Cart girl was avaiable which is nice, many don't have them during summer. Food and drinks are expensive. Big negative was the bathroom for women was out of order on the course, they only have one so that is a issue.

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

Rock hard greens that don’t hold but roll true

Good overall course, unfortunately due to the recent US open qualifier there they had the greens rock hard and made it difficult to hold however the greens were running true and rolled around 11.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Challenging yet fun course

Drove an hour to play this course and I was not disappointed. Conditions were excellent. Very green everywhere. Greens were perfect. If you spray the ball you will have a LONG day with the surrounding desert and many bunkers. Fun layout requiring you to hit all your clubs.

Beautiful clubhouse and patio area to seat and look at the course.

Bag drop and golf shop personnel had zero personality. The starter was very polite and helpful.

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

Great layout. Challenging (undulating) greens. Good condition for this time of year. Fairways excellent, greens good. Exceptional staff all around. They made me feel welcome and appreciated. I look forward to playing again. Check out their "summer six pack".

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Should have expected it!

If I had paid more attention to the name (Southern Dunes) I might have guessed I was going to be subjected to more bunkers than the Faldo Course.

Can't complain though, the sand in them was the best I have been in all year. Having never played it, our foursome spent significant time trying to figure our angles off the tees to find some nice short green grass. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and the day. Course was in good shape and very challenging for us. Staff was great, craft beer was expensive.

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