Diamond in the Desert: Ak-Chin Southern Dunes

Experience Troon Golf at Scottsdale, Arizona's famed Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, one of GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Courses You Can Play.

Experience Troon Golf at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes

IF YOU ASKED a random golfer to identify Arizona clubs ranked in the Top 100 by both GOLF and Golfweek magazines, chances are, they would quickly default to ones within the borders of Scottsdale.

However, the savviest of golfers, golf-course architecture aficionados and even those who plan tour-level events will also reply: “Ak-Chin Southern Dunes!”

Yes, this diamond in the desert, located on 320 acres of annexed Ak-Chin Community tribal land, offers an “Australian Dunes-like” design surrounded by stunning mountain and desert views. This past year, the club moved up to #84 in GOLF’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play rankings, while maintaining its spot among Golfweek’s Top 100 Best Resort Courses in the Country—an honor it has held since converting to a resort-daily fee operation a handful of years ago.

The national rankings of “The Dunes” should continue as the Ak-Chin Community remains committed to creating an exceptional golf experience through club leadership (under the direction of Troon Golf) that dedicates itself to delivering the exceptional guest experiences and agronomic standards that are Troon Golf hallmarks.

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Ak-Chin Southern Dunes never rests on its laurels. Its recent multimillion-dollar renovation has been met with high acceptance, as evidenced by its continued ascent in the national rankings and verified by its tournament schedule.

In terms of professional events, “The Dunes” recently hosted the PING Southwest Section PGA Championship and Web.com Tour Qualifying School (the first step towards qualifying for the PGA Tour). Amateur events include The Saguaro Amateur Championship, Arizona Golf Association Amateur Championships and U.S. Open qualifying events. The club even welcomes top NCAA events, serving as a host venue for the University of Wyoming.

For beginners, juniors and those who just want to have fun, there’s the six-hole, 487-yard #miniDunes designed by Brian Curley that opens every afternoon (except Mondays) and is free for juniors under the age of 17 when accompanied by a paying adult.

The quality of the Southern Dunes experience extends to its stylish clubhouse and the appetizing fare in the Arroyo Grille.

So no matter your level of golf skill, the “Top 100” Ak-Chin Southern Dunes needs to be on your must-play list. Visit this diamond in the desert, and you will be “in the know” with the savviest of golfers who can attest to why Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club continues to climb the national rankings.

Tale of the Tape: Ak-Chin Southern Dunes

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Location: 48456 West Highway 238, Maricopa, AZ 85139
Website: AkChinSouthernDunes.com Reservations: 480-367-8949
Par/Yardage: Par 72/5,036-7,517 Yards Architects: Schmidt-Curley Design
and Fred Couples
Fall/Winter golf rates: $89-$164
(Preferred rates to Troon and Copa Card-holders; book at AkChinSouthernDunes.com for the Best Available Rate)
#MiniDunes: 6 Holes, Par 18, 487 Yards ($12 for unlimited Play; juniors under 17 free when accompanied by paying adult)

Recent Accolades: #5 in Arizona and #84 the US (GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Cours-es You Can Play,” 2017); #86 Best U.S. Resort Course (Golfweek, 2017)


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