Remembering Arizona State’s Karsten Golf Course

For 30 years, the Karsten Golf Course was the home of the Arizona State University Golf team. The 18-hole golf facility, which was designed by Pete Dye, accommodated several individuals and team championships including 16 Conference Championships, 10 individual national champions, and 10 NCAA team championships. It opened in September 1989 as the home of the Sun Devils and has closed last May 5 as it will be developed and converted into a sports field.

The golf facility, which is located near the Sun Devil Stadium, was the home of several future PGA and LPGA Tour legends including Phil Mickelson, Blair O’Neal, Azahara Munoz, Jon Ramn, Anna Nordqvist, among others.

The golf course has also been a place of several memories and accomplishments by former Sun Devil player, Chez Reavie, as he played from 2000 – 2004. He won the U.S. Amateur Public Links Title and was even invited at the Masters while playing for the school in the year 2001. There were also other players. Paul Casey was a junior in 1999 where he led the school to their 10th conference title. Matt Jones who was a Sun Devil from 1999 to 2001 used to ride his bike in the golf course because he never had a car during that time.

In 2011, Phil Mickelson returned to play in the golf facility as a part of an alumni event. Then, he later helped designed the Papago Golf course in which the ASU will transfer their facilities after reaching a 30-year deal with the City of Phoenix, the Papago’s owner.

Mike Beverly

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