Published on September 5th, 2012 | by Jeff Shelman1
Put a Trip to Keller GC on Your To Do List
For golfers in the Twin Cities, the clock is ticking. By the end of this week, the calendar will read September and that means there is less than a month left to play the current version of Keller Golf Course.
Keller, which has hosted a pair of PGA Championships and was a tour stop for decades, will close for renovations on September 30. The Ramsey County course in Maplewood will reopen again in the late spring of 2014 after work by architect Richard Mandell.
Designed by former Ramsey County engineer Paul Coates, Keller opened in 1929. It’s a classic course that was played by many of the game’s greatest players. In addition to hosting the PGA Championships and the 1931 USGA Public Links, Keller hosted an LPGA event for several years.
While the upscale public courses in the suburbs and exurbs have their place, Keller is about the golf and little else. There isn’t going to be a kid running to your car to grab your clubs when you pull into the parking lot. The golf course isn’t going to be in perfect condition. You aren’t going to find bunkers filled with sand that is whiter than my legs in February. You aren’t going to be forced to take a cart. And you aren’t going to find a fancy bar to have lunch and a martini.
Instead it is place about golf and little else. They are happy to let you carry your own bag over the rolling course.
A year ago, Steve Date from MinnPost wrote about his memories of Keller. It is a nice piece that talks about his memories of the course and some of the Keller history.
So get out there and tee it up while you still have a chance.
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