Southern Dunes Golf Club - Maricopa, AZ

Ranked #5 in Arizona, and #87 on the Top 100 courses you can play list. Southern Dunes is a unique golf experience that will challenge the most accomplished golfer while still accommodating the novice.

Located in Maricopa, Ariz., a small community 30 miles south of Phoenix, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club first opened in 2002 as a private men-only course, but opened to the public¬ and welcomed women in November, 2008. Southern Dunes offers a unique playing opportunity, testing players of all skill levels. This Fred Couples- and Schmidt-Curley-designed golf course focuses on providing its guests with the finest playing surfaces and the ultimate challenge for their game. The 320-acre swath of land where the course resides is mammoth, spreading over nearly twice the land of a typical golf course, which was transformed from flat terrain into a breathtaking landscape that departs from the typical desert golf layouts found in the area.

Southern Dunes Golf Club provides prides itself on providing guests with a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere set amongst uninhibited views of Arizona’s desert. Managed by Troon Golf, the course is impeccably manicured and the staff provides top-notch customer service.

Renowned master architects Schmidt-Curley Design, in conjunction with the legendary Fred Couples, developed a track that features creative routing, native grasses, rugged landforms and plenty of bunkers. A typical course in the United States features about three acres of sand. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes has 12 acres of sand, which translates into 129 traps—an average of more than seven bunkers per hole! However, golfers who can handle the big dog and are accurate with their short irons, will have little trouble posting a low score. Simply stay out of the traps and the course plays relatively easy, even with the short tees playing 5,100 yards and the long tees stretching the course to more than 7,500 yards.

Although located slightly off the beaten path of Arizona’s golfing hotbed, Southern Dunes is still recognized as one of the top places to play in the state, and even the country. Ranked by major golf publications as one of the top 100 places to play in Arizona (#5) and the United States (#87), the course has hosted several premiere golfing events in the past few years. The Arizona State Amateur was held at the course in 2005 and 2009, the PGA Tour Q-School - 2nd Stage event was held here in 2006 and 2007, and every year it hosts a United States Open Qualifying Event.

Southern Dunes features an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse designed in the classic Southwestern theme that fits the area. It features exposed wood beams, hardwood floors and a rusted steel roof. A fantastic 2,000-square-foot outdoor living area provides unforgettable panoramic views of both homeward holes and the nearby mountains. Spacious locker rooms are also available to guests, as is a lounge area, fitness facility and steam room.
Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, The Grille at Southern Dunes is one of the region’s greatest golf course eateries. Providing dramatic views of the Estrella Mountains, The Grille boasts fresh salads, homemade soups and generous portions all for a very fair price. The establishment is also an ideal site for corporate or family events, including weddings. A array of wedding packages are available and those interested are asked to call 480.367.8949 to schedule a tour of the facilities.

For guests from out of town, Southern Dunes provides a stay and play package in conjunction with Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino, which is just five miles away.
In addition to these great amenities, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club features a double-ended practice range that stretches past 350 yards and offers a wide range of golf lesson plans to fit any skill level and budget. Scheduled on a regular basis, adult clinic fees range from $20 to $90 per golfer, depending on length of program and number of participants. Group sessions range from $15 per junior golfer to $50 per junior golfer, depending on length of program and number of participants. Special coaching programs are also available. Please call 520.568.2000 for details.
Who says that you can’t have a fun day at the beach in the state of Arizona? From the great atmosphere and staff to the world-class golf and facilities, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course has plenty to offer golfers of all skill levels. So grab your clubs and head to the course. Oh, and bring your pail and shovel just in case.