Our group goes to Gulf Shores each year for a golf trip. We play Kiva Dunes twice each year so I have played it about twenty-five times. It's a very good golf course. It's links-like and plays fast and hard. Some of the green complexes are a bit daffy (Holes 4, 10, 15 come to mind), but the greens run fast and are fun to play. My only complaint, and it's a big one, are the bunkers. They too are large, but that's not the problem. The sand, depth, not quality, is so inconsistent as to make some of the bunkers unplayable. Too often, the sand is too deep on the faces of the bunkers, resulting in plugged and buried lies. The depth of the sand prevents most shots from finding the bottom of the bunkers. When you do get to play from the bottom, the sand is often too thin, offering no real cushion at all. It really is a fun course to play, but the poor bunkers prevent Kiva Dunes from being a genuinely top-rated course. All the other amenities are very good, including the friendliness of the staff and the food in the club house.
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