Golf Inc. magazine has selected Keller Golf Course in Maplewood, Minnesota, for top honors among Public Courses in its 2015 Renovation of the Year Awards. The 83-year-old course was recently renovated by Richard Mandell, ASGCA.
The magazine states:
“Actual revenue for the entire 2012 season pre-renovation was $860,000. In its first three months after reopening, revenue came in at $1,024,000, with a full season projecting a 278 percent increase in revenue.
“In 83 years, the Keller Golf Course had never had a complete renovation. In addition to the glaringly obvious practical need for a renovation, architect Mandell saw a need to unify the ‘negative randomness’ of the sand bunker styles, which had little character and clashed with the other historical eras of the course’s design.
“Mandell embarked on a complete reconstruction of all the golf course features, construction of a new irrigation pond, a new cart path, tree removal, installation of a new drainage system, new retention pond and re-grassing of all the fairways. This project was more than just a refresher; it was the whole shebang and then some.”