Southern Dunes Golf Course

3.7104117647 3.7 stars from 5 (54)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6571 yards
  • Slope: 134
  • Rating: 71.9
  • Layout

  • 8220 S Tibbs Ave , Indianapolis, Indiana 46217, Marion County
  • (317) 865-1800, (317) 881-7713
  • (317) 865-1802
  • www.southerndunesgolfcourse.com

Year built: 2003
Architect(s): Gary Player (2003)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Kurt Schier Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Men: T-Shirts are allowed. No cutoff jeans or shirts without sleeves. Women:No bikini or tube tops. Sleeveless shirts are acceptable.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 70 6571 yards 71.9 134
Blue 70 6099 yards 69.2 130
White 70 5666 yards 66.8 123
Silver 70 5394 yards 65.7 118
Red (W) 70 4583 yards 66.4 112

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 54 Reviews
5 stars:
17
4 stars:
26
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

47 out of 54 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include water hazards forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks  

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"What a Shame"


DrOldSchool's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Indy Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course has so much potential, it's a shame what it is right now. The layout is a lot of fun with water in play on several holes. But the greens, rough, and tees boxes are all in very poor condition. Several greens have giant patches on them where the are either completely browned out, or sand has been placed and they didn't even mow. The rough is patchy at best. The tee boxes appear to have some sort of disease as many of them are wasting away to nothing. Even the good ones are very brown. The sand traps were basically hardpan throughout as well. The fairways were ok though.

My playing partner and I both agreed this could be up with the top tracks in town if they put some money into it to repair what is going bad because the layout is so nice. The sparse clubhouse and conditions suggest money problems though, so who knows. I'll give it another go next year to see how it's doing. But it's just sad to see what it is now.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Should be in Indiana Top 20"


Wazjd's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course was one of my favorites on a recent trip to Indianapolis. Clubhouse looks like an southern mansion, inside it's not as extravagant but still very nice. Driving range and putting area were nice, carts seem new and plenty of yard markers on sprinkler heads which are easy to find. Nice layout to the course. I thought is was challenging yet very fair. Fairways were in excellent shape and so were the greens. You can see the layout of each hole as its played and aren't surprised by any hidden hazards. You're not too far from downtown yet it feels like you are far away. I played in a scramble so we paid more than normal, but the posted prices were between $35-$40 for 19 with a cart. Very good value. I would play this course again in a heartbeat.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem in Indianapolis"


durkindr's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape. It's very challenging but very fair. I had never heard of this course before and thanks to the reviews from this site, I added it to our list of courses for our father-son golf trip. The staff was very friendly. The only drawback was the pace, and we were behind an outing, so that was not the course's fault. Will definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Southern Dunes"


novjay77's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

I love Southern Dunes. It was described to me as deceptively short and thats very accurate. Everytime I've played the course it has been in excellent shape. A couple of really challenging over water holes, and some short-cut par-5s make for an interesting round mentally and physically. Pair this course up with Heartland Crossing for a weekend golf getaway and thank me later.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best kept secret!"


Anthony6943706's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly staff and a very playable course for all skill levels. The course is in amazing shape so early in the season. I'll definitely play here again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"CHILLY"


goonz36's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I haven't played here in a few years but I really enjoy this course. I wish the weather had been better but the course itself was in good shape and pace of play was great.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course with a little of everything!!!"


Scott3025160's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee boxes were a little rough, but probably from being played so much.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course"


Scott6034089's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a great course. Fairways and greens were in excellent condition. Would highly recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great value!"


Joel3250927's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Outstanding facility. Challenging enough for great golfers but friendly enough to cater to the moderate player. Having previous knowledge of the course helps you score better. Course has an easy way and hard way to play. Your score will reflect if you know ball placement. Booking time on Golf Now is the best. Only reason golfers are not using this app is they don't know about it!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"First timer"


Fly255's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really liked the course! Cups on the greens needed to be moved.<br/> Lots of traffic around certain holes.<br/> Tee boxes needed help also. Plenty of sand and water. Pretty course to play on.<br/> The club has a lot to offer ! The price was right too !<br/> I will definitely be back.<br/> Marc


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"NICE GREENS -- NICE FAIRWAYS -- NICE TEE BOXES"


grimey's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

Impressed with the improvements at Southern Dunes since earlier this year. Greens, fairways, and tee boxes were all in much better shape than 2 months ago, which is shocking if you consider that it's now the middle of August.

Southern Dunes remains one of the top 5 courses on Indy's southside. Well done management team and staff, well done.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fairways excellent"


redfox1022's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was great except bunkers had very little sand


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Condition"


PhilII's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2014
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape. We started not long after an outing had finished so there was some traffic wear on the greens but due to the good condition of the course they were still in great shape. The staff, particularly the person working the cart area, was very accommodating and ensured we had carts that were clean and had charge enough to get us around the course without any problems.


I recommend this course


"Battle"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a great time on the back 9 shot 42 which is good for me I look forward to playing again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful layout"


kharpold's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great condition. Fast playing tee times. Can't wait to play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"after outing still in good shape."


jaythompson8's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The tee stations were a bit roughed up from a large outing but the greens were is good shape for the traffic they got. Brian and his crew always do a great job keeping the course playable and the greens in top condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The course is challenging, but fair. However it is in bad shape."


BILL101010's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played here for several years in the past, and this was my first time here this year.<br/> I must say, that tee boxes are in absolutely terrible shape! Nearly every one is tore up, and need to be completely redone.<br/> Also, the green side bunkers are like hitting off of pavement. I know a load of sand is not very expensive, so I fail to see why this is the case.<br/> I have refused to play other courses around (Tameka Woods for example), due to these same type of issues.<br/> I hope this can be resolved, because I really like playing here, however I do not want to pay to play a course that is not what it should be.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Played long"


DONALD5448499's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

1st time playing this course but not the last. Great links style layout. Had rained hard 2 days previous so wasn't getting the roll you like on links but course was well drained and probably played great the next day. Wife played and found it lady friendly . Only complaint was indifferent youngster working the pro shop, but that kinda seems to be the norm anymore


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very nice course"


u000006309533's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I purchased a real good deal from golf now $12 for a round. The course was in great shape, fairways wide, the approach shot challenging with greens surrounded by water, fescue and sand with the occasional extended first cut and greens not fast with nice turns. I really like this course it is not extremely long and has a links feel. Good course for south side of indy. In the neighborhood it's a definite play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great course"


uJHON4267JH's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

if your looking for a well manicured course this is it. you will not be dissapointed


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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