Awards and Accolades

Kiva Dunes Golf Course is always at the top of the list when people talk about the best golf in Alabama, and it’s easy to see why. In addition to the many luxuries available at Kiva Dunes Resort, the complex is also home to Alabama’s highest ranked public golf course – a must-play for golfers of all skill levels, and one of the most dynamic golfing destinations on the Gulf Coast!


In January 2019, Kiva Dunes held its place as the No. 1 Public Golf Course in the State. The distinction from Golf Advisor takes into consideration golfer’s reviews, which is everything from architecture to course layout, and even staff friendliness. One reviewer on Golf Advisor stated, “Kiva is a hidden gem… you could play there every day and it never gets old!”


Earlier in 2018, Golf Digest awarded Kiva with the No. 5 spot on the ‘The Best Golf Courses in Alabama’, outranking several Robert Trent Jones Golf Courses and the Old Overton Club. This ranking took into consideration private and public courses from all across the state.

Golf Advisor’s ‘Best of 2018: Top 25 Golf Courses rated by Conditions’, Kiva Dunes placed as No. 19 in the country, and mentioned Zeke Mims as superintendent. Most avid golfers know Kiva Dunes for its superb links-style with fast greens, and distinctive blend of signature par 3’s, challenging par 4’s and risk/reward par 5’s. In addition, the upgrade to Bermuda Tiff Eagle grass for the greens in the 2015 renovations created a smooth and constant playing surface that all golfers will appreciate.


In 2018, Kiva Dunes Golf Course was cited as one of the Top 100 Golf Resorts by GolfWeek magazine, and ‘consistently ranks as one of the top courses, and resorts, in the country.’  In the time since, the Kiva Dunes Course has received many more awards, and accolades from esteemed publications such as Golf Digest, GolfWeek, and Links Magazine.


Without question, the course at Kiva Dunes is a high-caliber, nationally ranked resort perfect for the most professional players, but the casual golfer shouldn’t be deterred by its high status – the course is 100% open to the public! Not only unique in design and playability, the golf course offers a dynamic pricing arrangement for daily green fees.


With its many national distinctions, it’s no wonder Kiva Dunes always finds itself at the top of the list when people talk about the best golf in Alabama. This nationally-ranked golf course allows many opportunities for incredible, one-of-a-kind shots in an unforgettable setting.


Golf Magazine Award

  • Appeared in Top 10 You Can Play – Feb. 1996
Links Magazine Award

  • Featured as Modern Classics Course – Jan./Feb. 2000


Golf Digest Award

  • Voted #2 – Best New Public Courses in U.S. – Dec. 1995
  • Voted – Alabama’s BEST Place to Play – Jan. 1995
  • Ranked #24 – America’s Top 75 Upscale Courses – May 1996
  • Ranked #68 in America’s Top 75 Golf Resorts – Mar. 2002
  • Ranked #58 in America’s Top 100 Public Courses – May 2003
  • Ranked #19 in ‘Best of 2018: Top 25 Golf Course by Condition” – 2018
  • Ranked #5 in ‘Best Golf Courses in Alabama’ by Golf Digest – 2018
  • Ranked #1 ‘Public Golf Course in Alabama’ by Golf Advisor – 2019