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Karsten Creek Golf Club

Stillwater, OK Public

Overview

Karsten Creek opened in 1994, but it’s Tom Fazio’s newest addition to the national rankings. A former winner of Golf Digest's Best New Public Course title in 1994, the course was developed by Oklahoma State University and thus often appears toward the top of rankings of the best collegiate courses in America. The first nine holes run out and back through a tightly wooded valley with slender fairways and modestly sized greens that demand extreme accuracy. The topography opens slightly more on the second nine as the holes gradually work their way toward the edge of a reservoir, finishing with a par 5 that plays across the water before running along the shoreline toward the green. Though known as a course designed for high caliber players, there’s also admirable restraint in the architecture with less than 50 bunkers as Fazio allowed the site’s forests and tumbling ground contour handle the defense.

About

Holes 18
Length 7449
Slope 152
Price $500
Facility Type Public
Designer Thomas Fazio, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

Second 100 Greatest: Inaugural appearance in 2023-'24.
2023-'24 ranking: 186th.

100 Greatest Public: Ranked since 2003.
Highest ranking:
12th, 2011-'12.
2023-'24 ranking:
31st.
Previous ranking:
24th.

Best in State: Top 5 in state since 1995, ranked 3rd in state 2019-2024.
Current ranking: Third.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.1

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.428
Character
7.247
Challenge
7.8805
Layout Variety
7.302
Fun
6.9114
Aesthetics
7.1272
Conditioning
7.403

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