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4.4
669 Reviews (669)
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
90.4%
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616 out of 669 reviews
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4.6
37 Reviews (37)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
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37 out of 37 reviews
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4.5
76 Reviews (76)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
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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.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Spa, Locker Rooms

Available Sports

Fitness

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
669 Reviews (669)

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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Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Awesome Course, Awesome Staff, But...

I love this course! No BS, just a great track and a great test of golf. The staff is always super friendly and professional. I've played over 80 golf courses in this state, and Southern Dunes is number one on my list, but, there is one thing...You guys should consider not using Armour All on your carts, particularly on the seats and steering wheels. That stuff really screws up the feel of golf grips. After the first two holes, I took my towel and a bottle of water to wash everything down just so I wouldn't get any on my hands, so that I could swing my clubs normally. A small thing I know, but it really makes a difference. I wonder if other players have mentioned it to the staff there. Other than that, the course is tremendous.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 72
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 500 Contributor

Rough

tee boxes very rough and unlevel. Fairway below par, greens impossible to hit for a par.
I would choose a different coursr right now..

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

well worth the drive

Course was great, conditions were wonderful, rate of play as a single was perfect. If there was anything that could make the day better would be that the greens were a little faster. But it's Arizona and it has been 116, though today was much cooler 109. Worth the hour + drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

If You Like Sand, This Course Is For You

Pros:
The greens had been recently punched, but still rolled well.
Plenty of bottled water on the course.
Average practice facility.
The grille food is adequate.

Cons:
The location is difficult to get to.
The course is mostly sand, with grass added.
Many mosquitoes and biting flies.

Summary:
A different cup of tea. Not for everyone.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

GReat course if you like left to right doglegs

Layout was good but definitely a faders course. Only three holes were drawers holes. Course in Good condition, pace of play was good, but got taken at the arroyos grille. $8.79 for a mediocre hot dog at the turn and $28. For 4 draft beers on the 19th hole. Unacceptable!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Incredible course and friendly staff.

This was my first time playing this course along with the 3 other players in my foursome. The course was playable, the greens were perfect and the staff was amazing. I’ll be back again very soon! One of the best courses in Arizona in my opinion.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

This course is incredible!

We played the tips. A few brown spots in the fairway, but overall, the course was in great condition! Greens were in great shape and were rolling nice. This was my first time playing and I will certainly be back! Highly recommend this place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 71
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Must play

Staff is friendly and knowledgeable
Cart was clean
Layout is great , plenty of tee boxes to fit everyone’s game
Course was airified about two weeks ago but greens were great , rolled true and at a good pace
Only in 2 green side bunkers and they were fine
Fairways above average for this time of year
Water stations every 3 -4 holes
Played front 9 in 1:55 but back nine took almost 3 hours to play
6 sets of tees , course plays between 7500 and 5000 yards

I play every time I come to the Phoenix area

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great course and in good shape and providing a great day of golf with friends. Staff real nice and rangers working the course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great layout and summer conditions!

If you are playing golf in the Phoenix valley you need to check out Southern Dunes. This course features an amazing layout and the conditions are always top notch. Every staff member we interacted with truly wanted us to have a great time. I would recommend this to anyone in the area!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 172
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
California Advisor
First Time Playing

Pure Golf Experience

I was pleasantly surprised with my golf experience here. This is just a pure, solid golf course. Nothing gimmicky or over the top. Just a good play. Some grip it and rip it holes and others were club and shot selection are at a premium. Conditions were about as good as you can get. I also like the abundant trees surrounding the course which isolates you from the desert and gives it a little more of a different feel from the many desert courses in the area. All in all a good value and would put it on my must play list if in the Phoenix area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Loved the layout!

Challenging layout that will play tricks on the eyes from the tee box. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. from the people in the pro shop checking you in, to the starter, beverage cart ladies, and a gentleman that we saw no less than three times to bring around cold bottled water. Absolutely fantastic experience from layout, to service, to pace of play. Worth the drive to desert gem, for sure. Thank you Southern Dunes for a first class golf experience. I highly recommend this course and the experience that it offers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

my day

was a good day. Course was not in as good of condition as in the past. Greens ran a little slow but were true . Really enjoyed my round

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Golf during covid 19.

Course in great shape. Starter was very helpful. Dunes everywhere and played my share of recovery shots.
2 recommendations: create a Blue/White tee and slope accordingly- 6,200–6,300 yds.
5 holes over 406 yds- just too much to score for 73.yr. old with a 11 handicap.

Second idea: I’m done with the round and go to drop off my clubs at the club drop and return the cart to the barn. A worker stops me just as I approach the clubhouse and informs me he has to take the cart RIGHT THERE!- covid #19.

So, I have to carry the clubs 200 -250 feet to the club drop with a sandwich and drink cooler. It’s 97, I’m 73, a brand new knee 4 months ago.
You get the point.
Somebody wake up!
Otherwise, loved the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging

This course will challenge your game. Between the long par 4s and fairly tight fairways then add the wind it will humble you. Depending on what tees you play it’s easy or challenging. I play from the golds. If you’re a low single digit handicap don’t even try from the tips.

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