ASU Karsten Golf Course

4.0640411765 4.1 stars from 5 (308)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 7002 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 73.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "PING Learning Center"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared golf shirt, shorts if worn must be mid-thigh and hemmed, no denim, no tee shirts or athletic wear.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Discover

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Professional 70 7002 yards 73.8 131
Champion (W) 70 7002 yards 76.1 132
Champion 70 6288 yards 70.3 124
Regular 70 5671 yards 67.4 115
Regular (W) 70 5671 yards 72.8 127
Forward 70 4765 yards 62.7 103
Forward (W) 70 4765 yards 67.7 115

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 308 Reviews
5 stars:
80
4 stars:
156
3 stars:
45
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
14

recommend this course

255 out of 306 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is on a college campus convenient to the city near the airport   Great for advanced golfers locals playing multiple courses   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"One of our favorite Phoenix Courses"


DavidB123's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2017
Previously played Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

ASU Karsten, is easily one of our favorite Phoenix courses to play. The staff, pace of play, and consistancy of the Greens (Both on the course, and in the Practice area) are fantastic.

The staff is great, there are plenty of relief stations on the course, and the tees offer a great variety of play for all levels.

Off the closely mown areas, the course has been experiencing some uneven turf conditions. But being a Pete Dye course with large mounding, this can sometimes be advantageous.

I hope it stays open for a while to come. It will be sad to see it go.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"ASU Karsten: Soon to be office space and parking lots?"


caknox1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The ASU Karsten Course has never REALLY been viewed by the local golfing cognoscenti as a particularly good track. Too many goofy looks and shots; inconsistent course conditions; pricing that has often been far too much for what is offered; a driving range that at one point went to a type of Cayman Ball for WHATEVER reason one can imagine and so on... While there ARE some good holes on the course (9 and 18, although they are MUCH better when played from the correct tees as opposed to the switched versions, which makes sense from the Death of a Golfer standpoint), for the most part this is a golf course that has not stood the test of time well and which is, in no small part, why the golf course will (???) become a memory in the not too distant future. At least that has been the thought for the past few years... and if not? One could literally play golf once a week for an entire year in the Valley of the Sun, never playing the same course twice and find oneself to be in a position where ASU Karsten was even briefly thought of.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Fun back nine"


dleedecker's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We played the back nine and had a great time. Course conditions were great and staff was courteous.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Loved the layout"


Camerge's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Perhaps it was not the most manicured course, but it was fun to play. Fairways were decent, rough was not penalizing, and not great shape, some tee boxes were uneven (did not play the tips, but the next toughest), but I am a fan of Dye layouts and this typical of his style. Lots of uneven lies, big greens, challenging bunkers, and railroad ties everywhere. Cool knowing that this where the likes of Michelson, Casey, Rahm, etc. Cut their teeth on this track. Nice practice area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great shape"


pattyljohnson1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved the course. Staff was very friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend this course to every type of player


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course but green fees a bit steep"


kiterunner11's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

ASU is a nice course. The greens are in great shape and the course has a very fun layout. Good mixture of desert holes and water holes and short and long holes. The staff seems friendly. You will definitely see a lot of planes especially on the back nine like every second another one is taking off from Sky Harbor! Only complaint is that green fees are too high here especially compared to other courses in the area which are comparable.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fantastic layout and design, a true players facility."


Luckyshank's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
New York Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/04/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Not exactly the most bougie golf course in the Phoenix area. This place is a players facility. Course conditions are well cared for and the course has a variety of holes that will make you use just about every club in the bag. This Pete Dye design track is where the D1 Arizona State Sun devils golf team plays their home games. Just about any player will be impressed with its design and playability. It has a fantastic practice facility and staff is super friendly on top of everything here.

I was very happy to get the chance to play the Karsten course. Was told it's going to be decommissioned to build additional housing for ASU students which disappoints me as well as any other golfer in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Playin' under the planes."


u000001469466's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a fun course to play. Considering the age of the course it is a pretty darn good condition. Sand traps were a little thin in some places.


I recommend this course


"Has been 12 years since I have played the course."


u000002472838's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is still fun to play and layout is fair! I would play there again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Review"


JIM7792270's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed course and staff. Only down grade was sand traps


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pretty good"


Rollinson's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Coming from Canada, we like a friendly course in good shape. Even in the height of summer, course was good.

The welcome at bag drop was 'Meh'

Driving range was fine

Welcome in the pro shop was 'Meh'

Putting green speed was slow

Course is great and challenging

Carts are great

Pace of play was good

Layout is good

After the rnd, service was Terrible

Go play


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great condition for summer time."


u000007127187's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. Excellent pace of play on a Saturday, got through in just over 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hills"


u000002053931's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course for the price. Very hilly. Was in good shape for mid summer. I'd play there again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Value Dye Course!"


FrazeThatPays's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Sparky Special online at $44 is a steal! Course is in good condition, greens in good shape. Par 70 layout is quirky (i.e. - back to back par 3''s w/ no par 5 on the front) but very challenging. Would be brutal from the tips. A few Dye trademarks like railroad tie bordered waste bunkers & lots of mounds hiding flags. One of the best values in Phoenix where rounds $100 and up are typical.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"In wonderful shape"


matthew823's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens rolled wonderfully, fairways were a bit soft but generally had at least some bounce to them. Really good conditions for late May.

Played alone, off the 10th tee, in about 2.5 hours. Played through one foursome and one twosome, saw no one else out there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome Course"


HAUZ88's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played here with my Dad and it was the first time for both of us. This course is played out in a links style with many mogul hills and bunkers, which makes it a bit difficult to play if you aren't used to it. I can say it was one of the most enjoyable rounds of golf I have ever played. The staff was extremely kind and helpful. The course itself was in great condition. 10/10 would golf again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"keep it strait or bring your periscope."


Jmoore63's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has very deep and tall mounds and moguls all around the greens and on the sides of many fairways. It is a great challenge and is fair. The par 3 16th is a must play hole and beware of the bookend finishing holes on each side the 9th and the 18th are as challenging as it gets to finish up a good side or round of golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course design"


Randy3264373's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

My adult son rented a set of clubs and he got a great set of pings. This course was well designed but the upkeep on the course does not match the conditions of other higher rated courses in the Tempe area. Also, the staff seemed annoyed to have to answer questions or even take the bag at the bag drop. One thing that I found annoying was that you had to hit balls off a mat on the driving range. I played on an afternoon when it was about 98 degrees and the cart girl stopped coming out after the second hole. Also, navigation on a couple of the holes was confusing. Overall, it was a well designed course and I would recommend it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Tough course in good condition"


tomhomeaz2's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had not played here in years. It was in good shape and just as tough as I remembered it to be.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Play It While You Can!"


EyeBleedPurple's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We play the ASU Karsten Course every year on our annual "Man Trip" to Phoenix/Scottsdale and have always enjoyed the course. We keep hearing that they're talking about closing the course down and re-developing the land for dorms or something. This would be a shame as it really is a fun course to play. So, if you've never played it...do it before it's gone!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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