Karsten Creek Golf Club is located 6 miles (9.7 km) west on State Highway 51, just outside Stillwater, Oklahoma. It replaced Lakeside Golf Course as the home course of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) 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.
Karsten Creek was opened on May 9, 1994, and earned the distinction of "Best New Public Course for 1994" 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.
|Tees||Slope / Rating|
|Cowboy tees||74.8 / 142|
|Member tees||71.9 / 135|
|Fazio tees||69.4 / 127|
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