Karsten Creek Golf Club is the home of Oklahoma State Golf, and features a full-service restaurant. The food and stunning views will keep you coming back.
Football and men’s basketball is what drives revenue in college athletics, so other sports often get the short end of the stick when it comes to donations. Our current athletic director, Mike Holder, was the head coach of the golf program for 30 years, and his drive and passion as head coach led to the construction of Karsten Creek Golf Club. I have to admit I haven’t been to many golf courses, but from everything I hear, Karsten Creek is one of the top facilities in the country. Karsten Creek has been the host site for NCAA Regional tournaments, as well as the NCAA Championships.
There are also 3 amazing lodges on site, each with 2 separate complete floors so you can rent one floor or a whole lodge. I don’t know how much they cost, but I have a feeling it’s one of those things that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
The clubhouse is absolutely beautiful, including OSU golf offices and locker room facilities, award showcases, a pro shop, and full-service restaurant.
I have to admit I usually forget about the restaurant at Karsten Creek. It’s a 20-minute drive from the office, and you have to drive another 5 minutes through an exclusive neighborhood and portions of the golf course to reach the clubhouse. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess. But it’s such a gorgeous view that I need to keep Karsten Creek higher on the radar.
Karsten Creek is open for breakfast & lunch only. It’s not a very big restaurant, seating about 50. It’s a gorgeous space, with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, a sitting area and fireplace, and huge windows that look directly out to the course.
The outdoor patio on the right side of the restaurant is more of a lounge area, while the patio off the back of the restaurant has small tables for dining. On a nice evening, there is nothing like enjoying the stunning views.
The Karsten Creek menu is small, featuring appetizers, soup/salad, entrees, and chef selections. Small menus work very well for me, so that is one reason I really should eat here more often. Karsten Creek also has a breakfast menu, though I’ve never visited for breakfast.
We had a large group on Wednesday, as we were there to celebrate Mary’s last day at OSU. Karsten Creek recommended that we pre-order that morning, to eliminate a long wait when we arrived. That is a valid recommendation, because I have experienced very slow service at Karsten Creek on previous occasions. I can’t quite figure out why, because the restaurant is never completely full. Clay and I were the rebels of the group, and waited until we arrived to place our order. Maybe it’s because we had arrived at 11:30AM, but Clay and I didn’t have to wait more than a few minutes longer than the rest of the group to get our food.
Tia got the chicken nachos.
Mary’s standard order at Karsten Creek is the grilled chicken tenders with french fries.
This looks like the most boring and bland dish on the planet. Mary insists that they are delicious…I’ll just trust her on this one.
Ellen had the quesadilla and Stephanie had the BLT. I didn’t taste any of either dish, but they both said they were good.
Clay and I both got the Swinging Pete burger (Fried onion petals, bacon, bbq sauce and cheddar cheese). He got the fresh cut chips and I got the sweet potato fries. I got the BBQ sauce on the side, and he didn’t get any at all.
The burger is delicious, and has so much flavor. I requested my burger to be cooked medium; it came out more medium well, but it wasn’t worth it to send it back. The burger comes with cheddar cheese; I substituted pepper jack, for that extra kick of spice. I’m never sure if I will like BBQ sauce on a burger, so I always request it on the side. This BBQ sauce is really good, and I combined it with the ketchup to dip my fries. I am a huge french fry snob, and these sweet potato fries are fantastic. Both Ellen and Stephanie also had sweet potato fries, and commented that their looked like they were from the bottom of the batch. My fries were fresh and hot, so I was very pleased.
I will, of course, continue eating at Karsten Creek. The food is delicious, and even though the service can sometimes be slow, the gorgeous view makes up for it. I would like to visit one day for breakfast.
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