Kiva Dunes - Alabama - USA

Kiva Dunes Golf Course,
815 Plantation Drive,
Gulf Shores,
Alabama (AL) 36542,
USA


  • +1 888 833 5482

  • Jim Edgemon

  • Jim Edgemon, Jerry Pate

  • Mark Stillings

Created by developer Jim Edgemon and former U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate, Kiva Dunes is the product of their shared passion for links golf on the Gulf Coast.
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Description: Created by developer Jim Edgemon and former U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate, Kiva Dunes is the product of their shared passion for links golf on the Gulf Coast. Rating: 5.5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

When Kiva Dunes Golf Club opened in 1995 Golf Digest called it the #2 Best New Public Course in the U.S and it still ranks as one of the finest in Alabama today. This superb Jerry Pate design is a links-style layout offering plenty of forced carries over sand dunes, lakes and natural Kiva Dunes Golf Course - Photo by reviewer wildland areas.

Manager Mark Stillings told me the course was closed for four months and reopened in November 2015 after spending US$1.5 million on improvements. Mark said they replaced the greens with Bermuda Tiff-eagle since it is much more heat, salt and wind tolerate. They also cut up the oak trees around the perimeter of the property and eliminated some of the “flashed-up” sand-walled bunkers for better ease of play.

A word to the wise - the greens are still hard since they are relatively new and extremely fast with an average size of 7,500 square feet so bring your best putting stroke. Still my fondest memory is walking up on 18 and seeing the reflection of the clubhouse lodge radiating across the pond and knowing this was my view all week long.

Kiva Dunes Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

Kiva Dunes Golf Resort is the only golf and beach resort in Alabama offering an array of 2-4 bedroom well-appointed condos and 45 top-notch houses that you can rent. This is my kind of place to stay when I’m on a group golf trip. Consistently ranked in the top 75 Best Golf Resorts in America it didn’t take us long to make it our home-away-from-home while we golfed the Gulf Shores. There have three unique tropical oasis pools, a fitness and tennis centre along with a restaurant and 3,000 feet of sugar white sandy Gulf of Mexico shoreline that they claim is the longest privately owned beach in AL.

Dave Finn is our Canadian Correspondent. To read more about golf in Alabama visit Golf Travel and Leisure

6 / 6
Kiva Dunes
February 28, 2017


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Kiva Dunes is former US Open Champion, Jerry Pate design and quite possibly the most decorated course in the region. The scenery is comprised of sand dunes, lakes and natural wildlife area. This is splendid but don’t be lulled into a false sense of serenity as it is always breezy here and wind will definitely be factor.Kiva Dunes Golf Course - Photo by reviewer Hole #9 is a great par four that requires a layup on your tee shot leaving you with a 160 yard approach shot over water to a green that is nestled along a river bank. Precision golf at its’ finest! The 12th hole reminds me of one of my favourite golf courses, Greg Norman’s El Camaleon on the Riviera Maya in Mexico. This lengthy par four has a sandy beached lagoon that runs down the entire left side to a well-protected green. Hole #16 prevents you from going for this par five in two as there is a steep-faced bunker in front and to the right side and the green slopes to a river. Make sure your flat stick is working when you arrive on the 18th since it has the largest green in the state at 14,500 sq. ft. This is a great track and not to be missed. To read the entire article on Kiva Dunes and golf in the Gulf Shores of Alabama see: http://golftravelandleisure.com/2013/09/24/golf-in-gulf-shores-alabama/
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Kiva Dunes
September 24, 2013


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October 01, 2013
I have played Kiva Dunes some 25 times in the last decade or so, and I largely agree with the reviewer's comments. It is a good layout, challenging and fun to play. Kiva has had to battle a succession of weather events in recent years, and they have responded well, including redoing the greens with Champions or one of the mini-leaf type of Bermuda grasses which has resulted in much firmer and faster greens. Here is my complaint: The bunkers, specifically the amount of sand in the bunkers. I know it is difficult to keep bunkers consistent, particularly when it is a resort facility, catering to a wide variety of golfers. Still, the amount of sand in some of the bunkers (I'm referring to the depth of sand) renders some of them virtually unplayable. I'm not sure why this is. Perhaps it's to guard against the inevitable loss of sand from wind and other weather conditions. I just know that the inconsistent levels of sand in the bunkers prevent it from being a top flight course. Too bad because the layout and other conditions are very good.