First opened for municipal play in 1929, Keller Golf Course in St Paul hosted the USPGA Championships in 1932 and 1954. Richard Mandell oversaw an extensive renovation of this much under-rated layout between October 2012 and July 2014.
Keller is a wonderful parkland layout just outside of St. Paul, MN. The rolling topography is a great setting for a golf course, and there are many interesting/unique holes. The stretch of Holes 8-13 is wonderful, with the par 5 12th being a particular highlight that requires a drive over a large hill to set up a heroic approach shot to a green guarded by water and bunkers. Holes 17-18 provide a strong finish as two tough par 4s coming in. Richard Mandell did a good job of bringing new life back to this course, and the course is very playable and the conditions are typically very good for having a full tee sheet most of the days. Though there are a couple of center line trees that are much discussed, especially the par 3 4th that has a tree directly inline, I don't think they come into play as much as they appear. Keller offers a classic layout at an affordable price. It is the best muni in Minnesota.
First off let me say that the course is nicely maintained, defiantly a good municipal track. However the course days as a host venue for major championships has long passed. Keller overall is not a long course, which suited my game when I played. It does seem to get packed on the weekends but that doesn't detract from it as a seller option near the heart of the Twin Cities.