Restoration work made this Twin Cities golf course an urban nature preserve.
Operated by Ramsey County, Keller is a beautiful public course located just east of Lake Keller. Superintendent Paul Diegnau has been committed to preserving a top-flight golf experience while establishing an urban nature preserve on the property. The no-play areas on this course compose part of the Phalen Chain of Lakes natural areas corridor, providing critical wildlife habitat and improving infiltration.
In 2013, the District and Ramsey County received funding from the Ramsey Conservation District to restore seven acres of no-play area. A Phase II project, completed in 2014, restored additional acres. Project sites include pond and wetland buffer areas, prairie and woodlands. The course now supports over 25 acres of high quality natural areas, more than any other course in the Twin Cities. This restoration received the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts Project of the Year award in 2017.