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Continued: Keller Golf Course renovation completed

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 7, 2014 - 12:28 AM

“The county was really focused on preserving the history of Keller because, not only the men’s and women’s golf clubs, but all the people who have loved coming here understand the history of the clubhouse and the course. They were afraid of anything being changed on their precious course, and the county was always respectful of that.”

Dave Carlson, one of the project architects with the Partners & Sirny firm in Minneapolis, agreed. The planning process involved historical groups, the county and the golf clubs to reach a design consensus on a building that will be a county showpiece and can be used all year long. “We tried to replicate a lot of the same design styles and techniques” as the old building, he said.

The clubhouse is slightly larger than it was, but is still on its promontory overlooking Hwy. 61 and Keller Lake. The building still has its distinctive dormers, but its wooden cedar-shakes siding was replaced with a more durable fiber cement material that mimics it. The flagpole is in its same spot, and the massive fireplace with its sculpted Germanic-type “K” initial was carefully removed and reinstalled.

The scads of memorabilia — trophies, autographed pictures of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus and other treasured bric-a-brac — were removed, and will be displayed once again throughout the interior, he said.

“It needs to get ‘home-ified’ — if that’s the right word for it,” Carlson said. “We need to get it to its old feel again. It’s ready.”

Jim Anderson • 651-925-5039 Twitter: @StribJAnderson

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  • The original 1929 cornerstone was preserved on one side of the main entrance, while a new 2013 stone is on the other side.

  • The historic and popular Keller Golf Course and clubhouse, closed all of last year due to undergoing a $12 million overhaul by Ramsey County, is poised to reopen in mid-June. The clubhouse, located in Maplewood, opens this month as a venue for weddings and other events.

  • keller golf course

    The newly renovated Keller Golf Course Clubhouse, 2166 Maplewood Dr., Maplewood, is now open for business, but golfers will have to be patient for a few more months. The course isn’t scheduled to open for play until June 28.

    In the meantime, several coming events will offer the first public glimpses of the clubhouse’s new banquet hall, which can seat 250 people for weddings and 300 for business meetings.


    When: 6:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show on Saturday, Feb. 15.

    Cost: Dinner and show, $79.95 for two; show only, $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

    Information: 651-766-4176, ext. 201;


    When: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

    What: A chance to sample food and cocktails by Lancer Caterers, meet the chefs and get decor ideas for special events.

    Cost: Free, but RSVP at or call 651-766-4176.


    Six holes have been altered, but all have new tees, greens and fairways, and there are new bunkers and cart paths. Changes were made to holes 1, 2, 9, 10 and 12. No. 18 was also moved closer to the clubhouse.

    One hole that will not change is the signature 150-yard, par-3 No. 4 that includes a famous — or infamous, depending on your skill — oak tree blocking the approach to the green.

    Fact: Keller Golf Course has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” for maintaining its high environmental standards that include 7 acres of no-play areas which offer high-quality habitat for wildlife.

    jim anderson

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