A Win for Fields…But a Loss for Golf

Sometimes, there are mixed feelings about the changeover of a sports facility. And nowhere is it being felt more keenly than at Arizona State, whose long-time golf venue, Karsten Golf Course, will close at the end of the school year – to be replaced by multi-purpose fields.

It’s a win for fields but a loss for golf, particularly at the collegiate level, where players often struggle to find courses they can use.

The news was carried in Golfweek, which noted the closure will occur in early May. The 18-hole Pete Dye-designed course has been around since the beginning of the 1989 school year.

According to the article,

The golf course is part of the 330-acre ASU athletic facilities district, created in 2010 by the Arizona Legislature, that is now called the Novus Innovation Corridor and being master planned by ASU and Catellus Development Corporation.

The ASU golf teams have already moved to their new home at the Papago Golf Course, a City of Phoenix municipal course, allowing for development to begin on the Karsten course. In 2014, ASU signed a 30-year agreement with the city of Phoenix to manage the Papago course and last year completed construction of The Thunderbirds Golf Complex practice facility.

The NCAA Championships for men and women will be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale from 2020-22.

ASU last hosted NCAA Championships in 1992 when the women competed at ASU Karsten Golf Course. The NCAA Men’s Championships were held in 1971 in Tucson.

ASBA will be interested in finding out which sports teams will be using the fields – and also any details of their construction.

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