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Course to Feature Snoopy Bunker

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Now this is a dog leg.
 
Golfers on the 15th hole of the Highland 18 Golf Course in St. Paul will encounter a large fairway bunker in the outline of Snoopy, Charlie Brown's dog from the ''Peanuts'' comic strip by the late Charles Schulz, a St. Paul native.
 
''We knew about Charles Schulz's connection to Highland where he used to play and caddie, so we dropped Snoopy in as a bunker or a pond on the 15th,'' said Paul Miller of Gill Miller Inc., a River Falls, Wis., firm in charge of the $4 million renovation.
 
Schulz's widow, Jean, toured last year some of the St. Paul sites where her late husband spent his childhood. She spotted Snoopy in a course design that was posted in the Highland clubhouse.
 
Jean Schulz thinks the ''Snoopy'' image will produce laughs for passing golfers, either in or out of the sand.
 
The course closed last fall for renovation and is expected to reopen near the end of the 2004 golf season.