Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

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4.5
559
5 Stars
367
4 Stars
138
3 Stars
36
2 Stars
15
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
92.7%
Recommend this course
518 out of 559 reviews
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4.1
18
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.4
88.9%
Recommend this course
16 out of 18 reviews
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4.4
79
5 Stars
45
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
91.1%
Recommend this course
72 out of 79 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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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
559

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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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
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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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
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
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 Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Lovely afternoon round

I decided to play this course as a single spontaneously on a monday afternoon. The ride from Phoenix takes a little time, but it´s well worth it.

I was paired with a Canadian who plays this course regularly, and it turned out to be a great afternoon, playing golf and having a lot of fun.

The course is quite challenging, there are bunkers everywhere.

You can, however, choose from a lot of tee boxes, which makes it a lot more playable for anyone.

The only small criticism comes from the bunkers being very different, some being very fluffy, some being almost like concrete. That makes it really hard to get into a rhythm.

Apart from that, the course is in perfect condition.

The fairways are nice and green, fair to play. The greens are fast and in very good shape.

Pace of play was relaxed and still good.

I highly recommend this course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Great Course in Phoenix Area

I took the trip south of PHX to play this course. It is a great deal and awesome course. Greens rolled pure and fast. I will be back next time in the area.

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

Ak-Chin Breeze

Headlines; Great staff; great course; great time - 5 stars.

Arrived at 08.20 for an 08.50 tee got away at 08.45. We let two two-ball groups play through on the front nine and finished in 4 hours 30 walking. Saw no-one else for the whole round.

A truly great course, good tees, fairways, good size greens running at 10 with very tricky breaks, bunkers a little variable plenty of sand but some very dry and light and some damp and heavy. There are no tricks on this course but you have to pick your way through the bunkers and know when to take them on and when to just lay up. Great variety of hole length, shape and challenge. The par threes are a real challenge, with great variety of length and some big forced carries which make holding the green difficult. We had a 20mph westerly wind for the whole back nine, meaning that we had to deal with winds that were helping, hurting and across us - what a great layout.

The course staff are all unfailingly friendly, helpful and welcoming.

Is a really nice course to walk, but it would be an added bonus if the course management would cut some walking tracks from green to tee - nothing fancy just a cleared path. Is a shame to have to walk the cart path quite so often.

My only gripe is the provision of water on the course. Every second hole there's an ice cooler with free plastic bottles of water. This means that every year Troon throw away tens of thousands of one time use plastic bottles - not cool. Give us re-usable bottles and water coolers to refill from.

Yes I'd recommend this course and I'll definitely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good day with good people

Course was in good shape as always well worth the money

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Always a great place

Course in great shape with the Saguaro Am a few days ago. Sand was sand, not dirt like many AZ courses. Fast pace. Lots of thinking shots. And, killer food in the clubhouse.

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
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

very windy day, but the course was nice. The pork sandwich and chicken tenders were very good. Friendly staff.

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

Southern Dunes is one of the best courses in the Phoenix area

I've played all the courses available to guests in the valley, and Southern dunes continues to impress as one of the more challenging courses for a single digit handicap. The course has more than the average number of bunkers and sand hazards, but it's fairly easy to avoid them if necessary. Greens fees are always lower than the other top courses, including Whirl Wind which is 30 minute away.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

This course will challenge your skills

This was my first time playing here and my overall experience was fabulous. The entire staff is extremely friendly, helpful and professional making you feel welcome from the start. The off course facilities from the practice range through the chipping and putting area are in superb condition. The pro shop, restaurant/bar and outside seating area are open and inviting, well designed and very comfortable.

Now for the course itself. A word of advise, if the weak part of your game is getting out of the bunker practice a lot before you take on the challenging but fun layout. The course is in excellent shape considering the flood damage that occurred just 10 weeks ago and is a testament to the excellence of the superintendent and his crew. Check out the before and after photos outside the pro shop to see what I mean. The design will challenge your shot making abilities if you want to steer clear of the numerous bunkers on every hole. The fairways are lush and full with generous landing areas off the tee. The bunkers run the gamut from large and flat along the fairways to steep and challenging guarding the greens while the sand is fine but easily played from. The greens are in excellent shape, fast and true with challenging reads but large enough to allow ample options for your approach shots. My son and I, both 18-20 handicappers, found this layout to be fun to play and a challenge all at the same time and throughly enjoyed our round. We highly recommend this course to anyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Under Repair

Like many courses in the area, they had major course flooding in October. They are addressing the damaged areas and issues. The staff is great, the grill area is great... they are charging a higher fee than the course warrants under its current state... even the repaired areas are below average at best... the course is roughly a $60.00 course at best under its current condition... would recommend this course all day when its in premium condition... however its currently below average, even with the on going repairs...

Tees, fairways and greens are in decent shape... some issues here and there but mostly above average... bunkers sustained most of the damage and are unplayable... the ones that have been repaired have an over abundance of sand in them and are not to the normal standard...

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not a good place, poor value for the $$

The course was listed as 90 degrees, but is cart path only for a couple of months. We were luck to finish in slightly over 5 hours. Other than the greens and fairways, everything is ground under repair. Most all of the traps are closed and hard as roc or full of equipment. They are unplayable and hard as rock, so if you go in on good luck finding your ball they just bounce away.

The mowing has left a lot of cut grass on the fairways, so can loose a ball in the fairway.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Don’t expect a quick early round, and recent flooding causing major disruption.

I booked the first tee time available at 0720 in order to get away early and have a fast round. That and the next 43 tee times showed 1-4 players available so I was expecting a quick round. 2 problems with that...the starter told me that they always put out a 4-ball to start with (at 0712) so that any quicker groups don’t catch up the ground staff preparing the course ahead. Secondly I was only told that it was strictly cart path only on arrival at the course. No mention of that whatsoever on GolfNow and had I known that I wouldn’t have booked. Finally due to recent flooding there are workers all over the course who are basically ignoring the golfers so it’s noisy and dangerous for them. A poor experience and Ak-Chin need to publicise the cart path only rule and ongoing works as others courses fairly do.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
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 500 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
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