Historic Keller Golf Course in St. Paul to get Upgrades
Sunday, 22 January 2012 19:03


The venerable Keller Golf Course (see REVIEW ) in St. Paul, Minnesota and host of the PGA Tour's St. Paul Open until 1968, will get $12 million in renovations starting in 2013.  The course will remain open for the 2012 season, but a major renovation will take place in 2013 with an expanded clubhouse, new grass and major irrigation and water management issues resolved at that time. The course will reopen in 2014.

According to the StarTribune :

The Ramsey County Parks Department is preparing for renovations that include installing new irrigation and drainage systems, replacing the Kentucky bluegrass on the fairways and the bentgrass greens. The plan is to close the course after the 2012 season and reopen for the 2014 season.

Keller Golf Course, although no longer able to accomodate major tournaments because of its limited length, has some great history:

The course played host to the St. Paul Open from 1930 through 1968, and the era's most notable golfers played there: Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer. A photo of Byron Nelson on the greens hangs in the pro shop. In another photo, Ben Crenshaw leads a throng up a fairway. The modern-day PGA tour began in 1969. In the 1970s, the LPGA's Patty Berg Classic came to the course. Date remembers attending a tournament and seeing the pros up close, including Chi Chi Rodriguez and Tom Weiskopf.

Before the "old" Keller Golf Course closes, take the time to play it.

Article from the StarTribune:

Aging Keller Golf Course to get Upgrades

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