Highland National, a 27 hole facility in the St. Paul area is honoring one of the city’s favorite sons with a Snoopy shaped bunker. It’s on the 15th hole, a 424 yard par 4. The bunker is visible to nearby traffic on neighborhood streets.
“Charles Schulz was a huge figure in the St. Paul area and he loved golf,” said Paul Miller, who collaborated on the course work with Garrett Gill. “We wanted a way to honor his contributions to golf in the area, and Mrs. Schulz liked the idea. At first, we thought of doing a Snoopy-shaped pond, but the plans evolved into a Snoopy bunker. And it works to define the landing area of the hole.”
“A lot of people will come by to look at it,” said Denise Kispert, a local resident who has been the golf course superintendent at Highland National for the past 20 years. “It defines our golf course.”
It puts me in mind of the Pig Bunker at Elk Ridge in Michigan. Elk Ridge is owned by the founder of Honey Baked Hams.