Before the question is even asked, ASU Karsten Golf Course General Manager Derek Crawford has the same answer he’s given hundreds, if not thousands of times over the past few years, ready to go.
“Yes, we’re open, and no, I don’t know if, or when, we’re closing,” Crawford said with a smile on his face. “It’s really a shame, because the course is not only a local favorite, but it’s in great shape and our Trophy Room restaurant is still serving the same delicious food it always has. Our golf community needs to know this!”
If a local major newspaper is to be believed, ASU Karsten has been facing imminent closure for the past half-dozen years. And now with rumors swirling daily about a proposed new arena being built on the home of the Arizona State University golf programs, golfers aren’t sure what to believe.
“I honestly don’t know what the future holds, because there are multiple scenarios that have realistic chances at playing out,” said Crawford. “But for the foreseeable future, not only are we open, but we’re chomping at the bit to show you why ASU Karsten has been a staple of Valley golf for 28 years.”
So while social media’s clever #KarstenWhileYouCan isn’t necessarily misleading, it isn’t going anywhere, either. Tempe’s 7,002-yard Pete Dye design is still earning rave reviews in post-round surveys, with players commenting “The condition and design of the course was great,” and “Love the layout and course conditions” so far in 2017.
“We had a very good overseed and have had a lot of positive feedback about the course conditions,” Crawford explained. “[ASU Karsten Head Superintendent] Tom Regan and his staff really do an incredible job of keeping the course looking great all year-round.”