Bill Satterfield

Bill Satterfield's Take on Karsten Creek Golf Club


Karsten Creek Golf Club

Architect: Tom Fazio
Year: 1994

1800 South Memorial Drive, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074
(405) 743-1658

driving range available
motorized carts available


What to Expect:  For many years Yale and Stanford laid their claim on having the best collegiate course in the country. When Karsten Creek opened as the home course of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, rumblings quickly emerged that their might be a new king of the NCAA ranks. The Tom Fazio design located on the edge of Stillwater is one of the most challenging tests in the South and one of the highest touted public courses in the country. The course features several changes in elevation throughout the routing that boasts zyosia fairways carved through the majestic oaks and around Lake Louise. In typical Fazio fashion, the finishing holes are some of the most dramatic on the property as they play around the lake and offer sparkling views. At $300 round Karsten Creek represents one of the most expensive golf experiences in the country and certainly the most expensive collegiate course. There are certainly more top end private Fazio designs than public so it is worth teeing it up at Karsten Creek when given the opportunity, but it would be difficult to justify that hefty of a green fee much more than once.

Signature Hole:  11th – 209 Yard Par 3

 
Karsten Creek 11th
 

Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  7th – 206 Yards

 
Karsten Creek 7th
 

Best Par 4:  16th – 471 Yards

 
Karsten Creek 16th
 

Best Par 5:  18th – 551 Yards

 
Karsten Creek 18th bridge
 

Birdie Time:  12th – 350 Yard Par 4

 
Karsten Creek 12th
 

Bogey Beware:  17th – 471 Yard Par 4

 
Karsten Creek 17th