2CentGolf Rating: ★★★½☆

Course Information

Course Name: Royal Dunes Golf Course
Address: 48456 W. Hwy 238
City: Maricopa
State: Arizona
ZIP: 85239
Phone: 520-568-2000
Type of Course: Desert
Price Paid: $54.00
Month/Year Played: December, 2008
Public/Private: Public
Par: 72
Ladies: 6329
Mens: 6851
Pros: 7337
Ladies: 69.6
Mens: 71.9
Pros: 74.8
Ladies: 124
Mens: 128
Pros: 135

Play Information:
Tees Played: Mens
Time: 4 Hours 50 Minutes
Walkable: Yes
Snake Holder: QuickBuck


MyTi: This is just a good solid golf course. There aren’t any holes, or shots for that matter, that you can fake your way through. You need to know the distance on every club, including all tee shots. The course is fair but will punish a moderate shot. It will also reward a well executed shot. It will go down as one of my favorites in Arizona.

QuickBuck: Tough course that is unforgiving if you are off the fairway. Lots of lost balls. I want to play it again soon to see if I can figure out why I had so much trouble. Greens were fast and hard to read. The pin placement can make the greens impossible. Watch out if they have a tournament the day you play.

Malibu: This has a nice layout, but is difficult. The par 4’s are long. Greens were okay, fairways were tough, sand traps were wet. Overall a challenge.

Stone: Intimidating course! The difficulty is mostly psychological with the exception of the greens which are just plain tough. This is the former members only “Southern Dunes”, which only allowed male members, and – on Sundays only – their male children. Fortunately that has changed and we saw several women playing the course. Apparently semi private but has a great restaurant bar and outstanding layout designed by Fred Couples. As I said earlier, not for the faint of heart, but a fair challenge. Play it if you can! Course in great condition.Update August 2016 Now Called “Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club”. In great shape. Good summer rates, people are friendly in the pro shop and on the course. Worth the trip.

Course Ratings

Course Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Fairway Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Greens Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Sand Trap Condition - Rating: ★★★★½

Rough Condition - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Driving Range - Rating: ★★½☆☆

Practice Green - Rating: ★★★★☆

Playability - Rating: ★★★½☆

Scenery - Rating: ★★★★☆

Fun Factor - Rating: ★★★½☆

Restaurant - Rating: ★★★½☆

Beverage Cart - Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Pro Shop - Rating: ★★★½☆

Friendly Staff - Rating: ★★★½☆

Difficult? - Yes

Play it again? - Yes

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