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“Spring Golf” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kiva Dunes Golf Club

Kiva Dunes Golf Club
815 Plantation Drive, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
888-833-5482, 334-540-7000
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Ranked #9 of 27 Activities in Gulf Shores
Type: Golf Courses, Sports
Activities: Golfing, Group tours/air tour
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Owner description: Stretching 7,092 yards with a U.S.G.A. rating of 73.9 and a slope rating of 132, this spectacular 18-hole golf course meanders through natural sand dunes, lakes and wildlife areas.
Cary, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Spring Golf”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Played here due to the proximity of my resort. I was not disappointed. The staff was super helpful, the course was in good shape for March and the layout is fair but challenging.

Visited March 2013
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Jackson, Michigan
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437 reviews 437 reviews
118 attraction reviews
Reviews in 147 cities Reviews in 147 cities
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
“What a course!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Super nice course but if you have a choice, only play it on a nice day. Given it's location, it can be very windy. It's a hard course to start with so when you add a lot of wind it realy makes it tough, plus cold. If you're an average golfer, don't expect a great score but don't let that stop you from playing. Everyone needs to experience it at least once. The sand is unbelievable! Lots of it, very very fine and some traps even have steps because they are so deep. Greens are tough, as to be expected. You do NOT return to the clubhouse on the turn. Nice restrooms on course though and beverage cart service. Reviewed by a senior female, but husband has similar feelings.

Visited January 2013
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Pensacola
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Golf Course”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The course is located along the Fort Morgan AL beach. To say it is well maintained would be a understatement! To play a round of golf on a course like Kiva makes for a great day even if your card does not reflect it!

Visited October 2012
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Good test of golf”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Played Kiva Dunes for the first time as it was recommended by a pair of golfers we were paired with at another golf course. The said the course was the best in the area, but not for someone that shoots 110 for 18 holes. They were correct on that. What I do not understand is how this course only has a course rating of 67.8/119 from the white tees. I've played a lot of courses in the US and Hawaii and this one is one of the tougher ones I've played. Granted it was a very windy day, but with the number of bunkers, water hazards and tough green to putt, this course is a challenge. Course conditions were the best we've played in the area, other than it appeared the bunkers had not been raked that morning. What amazes me is that golfers pay this kind of money to play and then have no idea of what the rake is for in the bunker. I was in about three bunkers and there were footprints in all of them. The staff starting with the bag guys and continuing to the pro shop and the restaurant were all 10's. There are some blind shots to the landing area and playing the course a few times would definitely be a huge help. My playing partners all had played the course before and helped quite a bit, but describing the hole from the tee was not adequate. The 9th hole is one of the toughest I've ever played. You have zero room for error off the tee, then still have a challenging 2nd shot, but at least you can see where your target. This might be considered a great golf hole for a scratch golfer, but going to be a tough score for the bogey or worse golfer. This is not a course for a golfer that has trouble with forced carries. My wife decided not to play the course and it was a great decision as even from the forward tees, she would not have had much fun. Too many bunkers/water and tough greens. I am a single digit handicap and still lost 4 balls because of not knowing the course. Will be back to play this one on our next visit to the area. Green fees are about what you expect for a course of this caliber. Once the green fees get about $50, I expect the course to be a top notch and this one is for conditions, clubhouse and staff. I did find a $10 off coupon to lessen the green fee sting, but they did let my wife ride along for no extra charge. You got the top Southern Hospitality from the folks at Kiva Dunes. There is a dress code as most nicer courses have. I rated a 4 because of traps not being raked and the price of the green fees. Played nicer courses for less money.

We decided to eat lunch after the round and the lunch was good as was the staff.

Visited February 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful, challenging golf course”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Difficult, but beautiful golf course. Lots of deep bunkers and fair amount of water. Great staff, very friendly and helpful

Visited February 2013
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