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4.4
603 Reviews (603)
5 Stars
393
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
17
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
88.6%
Recommend this course
555 out of 603 reviews
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4.2
29 Reviews (29)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
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1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.9
82.8%
Recommend this course
24 out of 29 reviews
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4.2
61 Reviews (61)
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
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3 Stars
8
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
85.2%
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52 out of 61 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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4.4
603 Reviews (603)

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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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Hot weather
Walked

Super fun course!

Just a blast to play. Lots of sandtraps, but all in excellent condition. A course that makes you think.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Return visit, still a good course

This course is on our banker list. It's a bit of a drive away from our Hotel in Scottsdale but worth it. There was a tournament on the day we played so there was some pretty mean pin positions but the course we in great shape. We booked an 11am time however they let us start early, which we good. It's just a nice and varied course and I'd recommend this track to any visiting golfers. Drinks and food on the Pati after, seemed a little steep but that's for you to decide. We'll play here again when we return.

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

one of the best courses in the PHX area.

Fantastic challenge, friendly staff. Quiet and inexpensive in the summer.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course Needs to be Re-Sloped

Fun course to play but it is waaay under sloped. With 100+ traps, some right in the middle of the fairway, and darn near every green very well protected, a 118 slope from the whites is far from accurate. I'd put it much closer to 130. Summer rates are fantastic at around $45 but I'm not sure I'd shell out the $140 or so it would take in prime season.

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

One of my favorites

All went well today. Last week had a horrible starter who put a 4 some in front of us on 10 after we had just left nine green. Holding us up for 10 minutes. He told us to take a break and go to the bathroom. Very rude!!!! Changed our pace of play. Reported to pro... hope he talked with the rude starter.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course is great; prices for food and beverages were too high for the course to be in Maricopa

The course was great! My only real complaint is the food and beverage prices aren’t what you would expect for Maricopa. I guess they figure you drove all the way out there, so you are going to pay a higher price b/c nothing else is around. But the course itself was very fair, very playable and tough pin placements. If the food and beverage prices were a little more reasonable, I would consider making the drive again to play there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Always excellent shape

One of my favorite courses to play. This course is always in great shape and the staff is excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Best value in the valley

I love this course! Staff is friendly and this is a true upscale Troon course and well worth the drive out. Then Greens are healing nicely from the rough transition to summertime only found 2 left that are still a little bumpy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Greens are Terrible

Rare for me to write a review, but I feel a responsibility to the golfers who are familiar with the course. Was excited to play after not having been there for some time. Remembered to wear slacks for the mosquitoes. Pro shop had spray available at no charge. Practice green was horrible, looked like some kind of infection. I had read some reviews that said something about an aeration and felt like the month would have been enough to recover. I asked the starter if the practice green reflected the course and he said yes. Went on to say something about aeration but my mind was closed. The greens are suffering something way worse than aeration. Wont be going back for some time, and i recommend you dont if you like putting even a little bit.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 08/23/2019

Love this review lol

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Place to Play

We were lucky enough to snag an early tee time and enjoy the course under "cooler" conditions. Good laylout and properly named. Lots of sand. When we finished though the temp was creeping in on 100 degrees. Only thing to note was the greens were a little on the slow and bumpy side. It appeared that they were prepping for punching them. I would play the course again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Horrible Greens

The course didn’t impress me at all. The layout is ok but the greens are horrific. Was told the cool spring effected how the summer grass took hold. The weather is the same all over the valley and these greens are the worst I’ve seen. The “#8 course in Arizona” title is a JOKE!!
Save you money and time, play somewhere else.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/30/2019

Thank you for the honest review and we are sorry about your experience. Please reach out to us, 520.426.6828 when convenient.

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

I highly recommend this course! Great conditions for June and very helpful staff. Will definitely play again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Super Disappointed

Unfortunately the greens were absolutely atrocious. The course shouldn’t even be open with greens like that. Horse flies and mosquitoes were a problem as well. They did have bug spray, but still an issue. We expressed our disappointment with the greens and staff was generous enough to offer us a rain check even though we had already played 14 holes. We decided to finish since it was so far away from where we live. I love the course layout, but wasn’t worth paying money in the condition it’s in.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 06/30/2019

Thank you for the honest review and we are sorry about your experience. Please reach out to us, 520.426.6828 when convenient.

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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great course but stay away for June

First, this is a really, really nice and challenging course. Bring your sand wedge. You may be giving it quite a workout. Great options for tee boxes. Super long, long, medium.

However there are two problems right now. One, The greens, which are normally perfect, got punched last week. Putting is nearly impossible right now.

The other problem is mosquitos. They assault you the second you get out of your car. Clouds of them. Bring extra bug repellent. But even if you do, and apply liberally 2-3 times, they will still be all over you like a cheap suit every step of the way.. Depending on your psychological makeup, the mosquito problem exists along a continuum beginning at “they will subtract from your experience” all the way to “they will drive you stark raving mad. “

Again, great course. Challenging and fun layout. Usually in super good shape. But I won’t be going back for a little while.

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

A HIdden Arizona Golfing Gem

Southern Dunes is an amazing course in the middle of nowhere, just 20 minutes south of Phoenix. This course is always in great shape with a staff that does everything they can to make you feel welcome. It ranks right up their with the best of the Troon courses in Arizona.

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
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautifull but Tough

Course was in excellent shape but I played in heavy wind and found a good number of the many many bunkers on the course

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

Awesome Experience!

The course was in great shape and the Customer Service was 2nd to none! Will definitely play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun Course in Great Shape

Really enjoyed my first round at this course. While a little bit of a hike from Scottsdale I’ll be sure to play again. The course was challenging, many holes well bunkered, but not excessively difficult. A lot of fun when compared to your average vanilla course.

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