ASU Karsten Golf Course Review

asu karsten golf course

1125 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 921-8070


Named for Ping Golf’s founder Karsten Solheim, this Pete Dye layout is located just west of Rural Rd. and University at the Arizona State University Campus. It’s where the highly ranked ASU College Golf Team practices and features a first class practice facility and Ping Learning Center for club fitting and instruction. There are yearly memberships available. The pro shop is well stocked with golf and Sun Devil apparel as you can imagine. The clubhouse features large meeting rooms and restaurant/bar for meetings and after round relaxation.

The course plays from 4700 yards at the forward tees to over 7000 yards from the tips. It features heavy mounding from the shaping process of developing this flat wash into a championship test of golf where numerous tournaments are held. You will get introduced to the fairway mounds right away on the first hole where you should try to hit the left side of the fairway with your opening tee shot. The second hole tempts the long hitter to go for the green and if you do, be sure you miss the fairway bunker on the right. It’s a birdie hole even if you choose to lay up. The next three holes are par fours with lengths from 420 -490 yards to challenge you. You need to drive it straight in this stretch to avoid disasters. #4 throws in a lake left of the green to keep you focused on your approach shot. Holes #6 and #7 are par threes at 210 and 155 yards respectively to test your iron play. As on all these greens you need to be on the right level to have a good run at birdie, and if you miss the greens the pitch shots are challenging due to the mounds around and on these greens. #8 is a straight forward par 4 of 380 yards then you have to pay attention on the 440 yard par 4 ninth hole to keep your ball out of the water running the entire length of the hole on the right side. Deep green here with large mound in the middle defining the two levels. Tough par here.

The back nine starts with two tough par fours where your drives need to find fairway.The 12th is another tough 210 yard par three. A three wood or hybrid lay up is a smart play at the 350 yard 13th hole. Driver can leave a tough approach. #14 is the first of only two par fives on the course. At 527 yards it’s reachable and a lay up can get you back in birdie range if you miss the fairway. Number 15 is a bear at 450 yards with water right of the green that forces a lot of players into the mounds left of the green. Sixteen is the signature hole, a 248 yard par 3 with water right. You can guess how to play this one, keep it left and short is fine. #17 is a legitimate three shot par five at 587 yards with a small narrow green demanding an accurate approach. Number 18 is the reverse image of number nine with water all along the left side and its 470 yards long.

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