Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

4.5898529412 4.6 stars from 5 (539)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7546 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 76.4
  • Layout

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Year built: 2002
Architect(s): Brian Curley (2002), Fred Couples (2002), Lee E. Schmidt (2002), Wadsworth Golf Construction (2002)
Type: Public
Style: Traditional/Links
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round. Closed on Mondays from June 1 - August 31st

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 539 Reviews
5 stars:
358
4 stars:
132
3 stars:
33
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

500 out of 536 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers a bucket list/top 100 pick a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers forced carries undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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dennyyard's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"AK"


u00000587580's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Food and drink prices where outrageous"


karenfoster's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Aerification"


u00000640500's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
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Reviewed on

No warning of aeriating greens, was not worth the money


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Unbelievable course, aerated greens"


u000006110119's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good value - good test"


Sam5773357's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course... but bring your beach chair"


u000007678790's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun Course"


kstwofour's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome"


themurph86's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Always a pleasure at Southern Dunes"


matthew823's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable"


driver1514's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u000001422952's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Very nice course with lots of sand."


lizardluvs27's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Rock hard greens that don’t hold but roll true"


u616055550's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging yet fun course"


ChrisW5226's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



raisshoot67's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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".


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Should have expected it!"


98azelda's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


kenlafayette41's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was laid out beautifully and in great shape. I guess you are getting ready for the US Open qualifying next week so the course played great. Would definitely play the course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great setting"


Christophe1860294's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The amenities are wonderful here. Excellent range, bunker practice area and putting green.

Course we in great shape. Greens were very true.

Will play again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Get What You Pay For"


djcat57's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I play courses all around for about $20.. I used my GN rewards to play here for free, still the price would've been $65-$70 and worth every penny. The staff very professional.I played the Gold Tees 6900 yards. But if you the next ones back or what the score card calls "THE TIPS" good luck.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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