Charles Schulz made his fame and fortune as a cartoonist, but he enjoyed playing golf in his hometown of St. Paul, Minn., nearly as much as he
enjoyed making people laugh with his Peanuts characters for 50 years.
Schulz died in 2000, but his most famous cartoon character, Snoopy, lives on with a specially designed bunker on the 15th hole at Highland National Golf Course, the public course where Schulz caddied as a young boy and played golf throughout much of his life.
The character design was incorporated into the major course renovations that were completed in 2005.
“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.”
The 15th hole is a 424-yard straightaway par-4, and the Snoopy bunker is clearly visible to traffic driving by on the neighborhood street.
“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.”