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“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.”
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