Golf course in Tempe, Arizona
ASU Karsten Golf Course opened in September 15, 1989 as a completely privately funded golf course. The largest single contributor to the establishment of the golf course was Karsten Solheim, founder of PING golf equipment. Over the last 20-plus years, more than 1 million rounds have been played on the course, designed by Pete Dye. About 52,000 rounds were played by the ASU’s men’s and ladies golf teams. The golf course was built by the Sun Angel Foundation, it is owned by Arizona State University and it is managed by Lyon Golf.
One of the strongest collegiate golf programs in the country, the ASU Golf Team has a premier training facility on the ASU Karsten grounds. The facility serves two objectives: for the Sun Devils to sharpen their game and as a strong recruiting tool for top collegiate-entry players. It is the first college program to win both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA championships for the same season and the teams continue to have laudable success. They remain nationally ranked year after year, and continually produce All-American and future PGA and LPGA Tour starts. One of the most famous PGA Tour stars to come from ASU Karsten is Masters Champion Phil Mickelson.
Golf course in Scottsdale, Arizona
Troon North Golf Club stands as a hallmark of the Scottsdale desert golf experience with two 18-hole courses stretching through the natural ravines and foothills in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. Giant granite boulders lie strewn across the rugged landscape of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, where Troon North Golf Club combines iconic golf with the visual sensation of desert landscape, providing a standard unmatched in the American Southwest.
Revered as Scottsdale’s crown jewel, the challenge, visual sensation, and special ambiance of Troon North sets the standard by which all other courses are measured. The immaculately groomed fairways, bentgrass greens and exceptional customer service create the renowned Troon Golf Experience. Troon North’s Monument and Pinnacle courses consistently rank at the top of every golfer’s must-play list. Recent course renovations by original designer and British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf have created two new layouts that bring his original concept to life. Golfers in search of the classic desert golf experience are returning to Troon North Golf Club again and again to enjoy Weiskopf’s true vision. Whether you’re playing for the first time or a regular at Troon North, these two Scottsdale courses in sunny Arizona offer golf connoisseurs the best in desert golf!