For the first six years of its existence, Southern Dunes was a private men's club. Worse than being politically incorrect, however, was the fact that the club was located on the "wrong" side of town, an hour from Scottsdale and 25 minutes south of Sky Harbor Airport. Ultimately, the business model failed, but the course
never did. Architects Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, with Fred Couples consulting, carved out fescue-framed fairways, strategic bunkers, and intriguingly contoured greens. Few holes stand out, but there are still plenty of strong tests. Not many women will tackle the 7,517-yard tips, but now they can if they want to.