The City of St. Paul's Highland Park Golf Course traces it's roots back to 1927 and after 75+ years in existence, the city realized it was finally time to give Highland Park a well deserved makeover. In 2000, Gill Miller, Inc. was hired to generate a renovation plan that upgraded the course to current construction and design standards.
As a result of 3 years of study and review, a new layout was developed. Features of the new design include: a 300+ yard longer course, a 50 station practice range, increased parking, improved drainage with 10 ponds, multiple tees, new and enlarged greens, as well as 38 new bunkers including the highly publicized Snoopy bunker on hole 15. The Snoopy bunker (see images below) was created as a tribute to Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz, who grew up golfing and caddying on the course in his youth. The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department received permission from Charles' widow, Jean Schulz, to create this one-of-a-kind bunker which has been mentioned in newspapers and radio shows from coast to coast.
The new golf course was renamed Highland Park National and opened in May of 2005 to rave reviews.