Karsten Creek

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Karsten Creek Golf Club is located 6 miles (9.7 km) west on Highway 51, just outside of Stillwater, Oklahoma. It replaced Lakeside Golf Course as the home course of the Oklahoma State University Men's and Women's golf teams 1994. Karsten Creek now stands as the elite college golf course in America, and is a powerful aid in the recruiting and development of athletes in the 10-time national champion Cowboy golf program.

Mike Holder, a former Cowboy golf coach and current athletic director at Oklahoma State, convinced famed golf course architect Tom Fazio to design the course in hopes of creating one of the most challenging courses in the United States on the Oklahoma plains.

The course stretches over 7,400 yards (6,800 m) with SR1020 bent-grass greens and zoysia fairways that wind through native blackjack oak trees. 110-acre (0.45 km2) Lake Louise comes into play on many holes, with the greens lying just a few yards away from the water on some occasions. Karsten Creek and Lake Louise earned their names to honor Karsten Solheim, founder of Karsten Manufacturing (manufacturer of the PING brand of golf clubs), and his wife Louise, both of whom have been great supporters of the Oklahoma State golf program for many years. The $4.5 million clubhouse was completed in June 2001.

Honors[edit]

Karsten Creek was opened on May 9, 1994, and earned the distinction of "Best New Course" by Golf Digest and has earned numerous accolades since. Golf Digest honored Karsten Creek again in 1998, this time awarding the course its first five-star rating, giving Karsten Creek the distinction of being among only ten courses in the United States to earn such an honor. Karsten Creek was selected as host site for the NCAA Men's Golf Championship in 2003 and 2011. Travel & Leisure Golf magazine ranked Karsten Creek as the best college course in the country.

Scorecard[edit]

Karsten Creek Score Card
(All measurements in yards)
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Totals
Cowboy tees 542 458 198 349 481 350 206 459 623 477 209 351 425 570 217 471 471 551 7408
Member tees 496 400 177 320 456 322 165 412 535 395 169 340 404 522 175 399 428 482 6597
Fazio tees 496 377 155 297 397 286 137 396 490 362 147 303 385 492 152 367 390 440 6069
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 72
Handicap rating 15 1 7 11 5 9 13 3 17 6 10 18 4 12 16 8 2 14
Tees Slope / Rating
Cowboy tees 74.8 / 142
Member tees 71.9 / 135
Fazio tees 69.4 / 127

Services available[edit]

  • Restaurant: Breakfast (weekends only) Lunch (everyday) Dinners (limited)
  • Pro-Shop Merchandise & Apparel
  • PING Golf Clubs
  • Certified PING Club Fittings
  • Individual and Group Instruction
  • Junior Golf Instruction
  • Meetings & Events
  • Lodging

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°06′09″N 97°11′07″W / 36.10250°N 97.18528°W / 36.10250; -97.18528