ASU Karsten Golf Course

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3.5
346
5 Stars
85
4 Stars
166
3 Stars
57
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
21
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.4
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.7
65.7%
Recommend this course
275 out of 344 reviews
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Average Rating
3.6
19
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.6
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.4
70.0%
Recommend this course
14 out of 19 reviews
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Average Rating
3.1
35
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
6
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.0
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.4
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
3.9
52.8%
Recommend this course
19 out of 35 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 70
Length 7002
Slope 131
Rating 73.8
Type Public
ASU Karsten Golf Course features a Pete and Perry Dye-designed links-style course characterized by design features that challenge, such as Dye's mounding and bunkering - making it important to pick the right golf clubs if you don't want to run up that score. Big-name PGA and LPGA Tour golfers like Phil Mickelson, Billy Mayfair and Grace Park have all played this course. ASU Karsten Golf Course offers several holes one could call "signature," such as the short par-4 fourth, the tough par-4 ninth, the daunting par-3 16th (248 yards from the tips) and the challenging par-4 final hole. The water on the left side is the reason this is called one of Arizona's most difficult finishers. After a round at the ASU Karsten Golf Course, check out the 21,000-square-foot Sun Angel Clubhouse, which tempts players with its Southwestern and American fare in the Trophy Room.
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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
Scorecard for ASU Karsten
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Professional M: 73.8/131 402 323 423 420 493 209 155 380 446 3251 498 410 209 350 527 457 248 581 471 3751 7002
Champion M: 70.3/124 W: 76.1/132 341 296 373 389 462 176 134 323 399 2893 478 363 161 308 488 419 217 537 424 3395 6288
Regular M: 67.4/115 W: 72.8/127 301 259 333 366 421 157 117 323 352 2629 440 363 146 243 456 383 175 438 398 3042 5671
Forward M: 62.7/103 W: 67.7/115 255 208 266 288 363 131 89 268 284 2152 409 300 106 199 402 308 132 417 340 2613 4765
Handicap 13 17 11 3 1 7 15 9 5 2 16 12 18 10 4 8 14 6
Par 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 34 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 4 36 70
Handicap (W) 11 13 9 3 1 15 17 7 5 2 8 18 16 12 4 14 10 6

Course Details

Year Built 1989
Fairways TiffDwarf Grass
Greens TiffDwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete Dye (1989) Perry Dye (1989) Forrest Richardson

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes - "PING Learning Center"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared golf shirt, shorts if worn must be mid-thigh and hemmed, no denim, no tee shirts or athletic wear.

Reviews

3.5
346

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 23
Patio Dining 21
Brunch 14
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 71
Water Hazards 51
Narrow Fairways 35
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 47
Locals 41
Playing Multiple Courses 21
This Course's Location is:
On a College Campus 64
Convenient to the City 62
Near the Airport 60

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5.0
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Monday morning post overseed

Course came back really nice from overseed, greens repaired nicely since summer. No pace of play issues for a Monday am. 90 deg rule in effect but probably ending soon enough.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing

A little surprised

For a University sponsored course I thought it would be in better playing shape. Although fairways have been over seeded recently I expected a more manicured course overall. A nice layout

Just needs more TLC to be a top eschelon golf course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Going down hill

Unfortunately this course has been in continual decline for a few years. Which is too bad because it was a favorite of mine. If you get a great price maybe give it a try, other wise I would play somewhere else.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun Course

Course in excellent condition. Played the Champion (black, in front of the tips and behind the gold) tees. For some of these tees there was no yardage but not a problem with a rangefinder. However the total yardage for the course from these tees is incorrect. Still a neat course to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Noisy!

So loud you can’t hear your partner! Great conditions, but not worth the extreme headache! Never again..

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Don't believe the negativity

ASU Karsten has received many bad reviews online lately. I have seen that the course has let itself go, is in disrepair, and is in general horrible shape. I can tell you this is not true.. I played yesterday 9/25/18 and had a wonderful round. Karsten, for the time of year is in just as good, if not better, shape than many courses in the valley. There is a tad bit of brown here and there, but for the most part the tees, greens, and fairways are very green. The only thing I noticed was a few greens had a sizeable repair area. But, the hole was cut no where near this. I landed in it a couple of times and putted through it and my ball rolled true. I do not understand the lunar landscape reviews I have read. Karsten is still a great track to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Really nice course, look forward to playing again..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Used cart

ASU Gem

Never made it a priority to play Karsten and now I am kicking myself for that. Great price to play summer golf at ASU's old stomping grounds. Fairways are in great shape. Greens have some bare spots but didnt take away from the round. Very hilly course and driving the ball well is a must. You really have to think your way around this course. Staff was great and I will be back to play again real soon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Round of Golf

Had a great day. The course was in good shape for summer golf in Phoenix. The greens were a bit fuzzy due to the course was scheduled to punch them later in the day. Still the rest of the course was great.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens

The greens were quite long and didn’t play very true

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Don't do it !!!!

I have played there many times in the past 10 years,this is absolutely the worst conditions I have seen in a Arizona golf course in a long... long time.the first problem is the price,then they charge $8 for range balls,that are sub par to say the least.then you tee off.... which is ok ish !! Then you get to the green,which only half of it has something close to grass,maybe the next hole won't be so bad... wrong.... the front 9 holes on this course should be closed down,not even worth trying to play.conditions were ridiculous at best.the cart paths are all buckling up,you need to slow down to get over the humps.then you get to the back 9... I have to say is a little better than the front 9... not much... but a little.a very little.... then I looked at the score card and realized that Pete Dye designed that course,unbelievable,I guarantee he does not know the condition it's in now,nobody would put their name to that course at all,not even me !!! Anyone paying more than '$20 including practice balls,should assume they have been ripped off.i will never play this course or recommend it to anyone ever again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

About to be abandoned?

I had heard the ASU course will be developed into a non-golf use in the near future. As such, I wanted to play a college course. I figured the price would be reasonable since late May in Phoenix can be hot and since it was ASU’s course, it seemed too good to pass up. I was prepared for baked and hard conditions but not for greens missing half of their turf. Like most public available tracks, I’m not surprised by unfixed divots, ball marks on the greens, and unrated bunkers, but I do expect greens to be mowed. Some were shaggy, others bare. It looked like the decision has been made to cut maintenance to a minimum.

I liked the layout. Lots of short but tight holes requiring well placed shots. I could see where the greens used to be a challenge when the place was in its prime. A significant amount of water hazards make some approaches intimidating.

Overall, I found the course neglected.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

No go

A once hallowed course is not even a shadow of itself.

I have never seen such poorly maintained/burnt out greens.

Sell the thing already and move on

Do not waste your money

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

What Happened to Karsten?

I am an ASU alum, avid golfer and have been playing this course since it opened.

I was shocked at how neglected and decrepit it has become. The greens are horrible and bare in places. It looks like they water this course with an eye dropper.

I booked this because the $55 green feel looked like a bargain. It was not. It was July Encanto conditions at a price four times higher.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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