ASU Karsten Golf Course

3.2927470588 3.3 stars from 5 (323)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 7002 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 73.8
  • Layout

  • 1125 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, Arizona 85281, Maricopa County
  • (480) 921-8070
  • (480) 784-4836
  • asukarsten.com

Year built: 1989
Architect(s): Pete Dye (1989), Perry Dye (1989)
Type: Public
Style: Traditional
Greens: TiffDwarf Grass
Fairways: TiffDwarf Grass
Golf Season: Year round

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 323 Reviews
5 stars:
80
4 stars:
159
3 stars:
51
2 stars:
15
1 stars:
18

recommend this course

260 out of 321 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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"Indifferent staff"


Johnrobinson64's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From some of what I have read this may be near the end for this course. So that would certainly explain the indifferent attitude from the staff. The layout is short and fun and also has some good local history. Location is noisy between highway and airport plus construction. Some parts in very nice shape and some beat up as others have stated in recent reviews.

My main complaint is them taking a 630 tee time with a large tournament in shotgun scramble format at 8 am. This wasn't disclosed until we had all paid and were literally on way to first tee. I would never have booked it knowing that and neither would anyone. When I called from my cart to pro shop they told me it's their right to maximize rounds on course. Really?

Front nine flew as it should with no one in front of us. Back nine we hit the log jam and had to fit in between the big group with 5-10 minute delays on every hole. Wasn't the players fault and they were ok. But sitting and waiting isn't why I book sunrise tee time.

After round I calmly asked for some form of credit in pro shop since none of us were from area. He said we played in decent enough time. So we should be satisfied, without making eye contact. I asked again saying it was not cool to book times backed up to this event. He said I can give you nine hole green fee future credit. I repeated that we were all from out of town, how about something inexpensive like a hat or visor? He says if you need a hat that bad go ahead and take one. Again without much eye contact. Zero customer service or care for customer. We took the hats for the history here not for the great experience.

I'd say we won't come back,but maybe it's gone next year when ASU moves to Papago, a course I will always play when in town. With much better location and staff.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"not good"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What happened to this course. Bunkers are unmaintained and the rough is dead. Winter grass is dying because of heat they say. and yet lots of other courses are fine to fair. maybe it is colder at all the other courses. Too bad - great layout.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"March 2018"


u662612624's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

ASU Karsten is one of our favorite courses in the Phoenix area. We were in the area to watch the Kansas City Royals in spring training with siblings and their spouses. We only had time for one round of golf this year and we chose ASU Karsten.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



douggast's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Historic Round"


macho5's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was obviously lacking maintanence. Course closing at years end no need to Put in pristine condition. Play for history only


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Getting neglected"


Charles5509144's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

ASU has a new course and maintenance at the Karsten Course seems to be a bit neglected. Greens were In fair to poor condition due to ball marks. The fairways were OK but anything outside of that was in Poor to fair condition. Given this, I thought $75 late in the afternoon was a marginal value.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course



Robert7745515's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course, in poor shape."


Maddie7's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Liked the layout of the course, interesting and challenging. However the fairways and greens were not in good shape. This is the second time we have played this course and we were disappointed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Not the course it used to be!"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I play this place about 15 years ago and it was much more well cared for with long grass in ruff and beautifully manicured greens. Today the care and attention to detail is lacking.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Everything but the layout was terrible"


u000005389683's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Rude at check-in. Had to hit their ancient range balls off a mat! Course conditions are poor. Lots of hard pan. I’ve let friends know not to check it out. Very disappointing. I recommend playing elsewhere.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



Barry8775974's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



9911's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. Some short holes, but hilly terrain means accuracy is crucial. Very fun!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Such a disappointment"


jademax's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

I believed this to be a decent course, but I never suspected the unbelievable unprofessionalism and lack of knowledge of employees. They all are telling you different and contradicting things. Whether it relates to membership pricing, terms or general course details.

Instead of admitting ones mistakes the employees fight you and treat with disrespect. I don't know how one could enjoy a game of golf after such human interaction.

It seems that management is unwilling to do anything about it or just unaware of the situation.

Regardless - if you are going here I advise you to research everything prior yourself, double check and don't make high expectations of this average course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Never again!"


TheGolferDream's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Even after being closed for overseeding the greens are so poor. A lot of ''holes' and uneven grass - after playing was left with bumpy feel.

Even more surprising is the fact that staff and management doesn't seem to know about or acknowledge the problem.

The price is too high for a course which is constantly criss-crossed by planes and in such a bad shape.

Moreover, even though stated that they close at 6PM alrady 15-20 minutes before that time employee was collecting flags and didn't even notice us. So it was like a cherry on top of the cake to play 18th hole without the flag - good job ASU!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"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
Arizona Advisor
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 course!"


CookDaddy's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I very much enjoyed my round at the Karsten. Nothing in particular stands out about the course itself, but that works both ways. Not a word bad to say about it! The pro shop is fun with all of the ASU gear. The bar has a good variety of beers and a fun staff. I appreciated my time out there and would recommend playing!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I 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



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