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Giants Ridge’s The Quarry appears in GOLF Magazine’s list of best golf courses in Minnesota

Jeff Brauer design places 8th, only public layout to appear in esteemed rankings

(BIWABIK, Minn.)Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s leading golf resort set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range – announces The Quarry placed eighth in GOLF Magazine’s list of best golf courses in the state, and was the only public layout to appear in these coveted rankings.

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The 13th hole at Giants Ridge's The Quarry course in Biwabik, Minn.

The rankings, which appear online, were based off the publication’s list of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. for 2020-21. According to GOLF Magazine, its panelists “broke out the full results of our Top 100 Courses polling into state-by-state lists.” The publication later added, “we empower and hold accountable a group of 97 well-traveled – and well-connected – golfers/aficionados, each capable of expressing their own sense of design excellence at the highest level.”

White Bear Yacht Club in White Bear Lake was the top-ranked layout in GOLF Magazine’s Best Minnesota Golf Courses for 2020-2021. Interlachen in Edina was second and Northland in Duluth was third. Finishing below The Quarry were Windsong Farm in Independence and Minneapolis Golf Club (Nos. 9 and 10 respectively).

“We’re elated to receive this recognition from GOLF Magazine,” says John Kendall, Director of Golf. “The Quarry is in good company holding its own alongside the most prestigious and exclusive courses in the state.” 

Continuing its reign as the best public course in Minnesota, The Quarry is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine. Dramatically raised tees and hazards forged from reclaimed and repurposed mine land set this Jeff Brauer design apart and provide dramatic Iron Range vistas.

The GOLF Magazine honor is the latest accolade for Giants Ridge and The Quarry. Earlier this year, Golf Digest highlighted The Quarry’s par-4 13th hole in its “America’s Best 18 Holes Since 2000” feature that appeared in the August 2020 print edition. Golf Digest also bestowed its coveted “Editors’ Choice Award” in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest” category for 2020 to Giants Ridge. Celebrating the “best of the best” golf destinations, Giants Ridge was one of only eight resorts listed in the Midwest and the only destination in Minnesota. Other prestigious properties named include The American Club, Arcadia Bluffs, Erin Hills, Forest Dunes, French Lick, The Inn at Bay Harbor and Sand Valley.

In addition, Golfweek tabbed The Quarry as the Best Course You Can Play in Minnesota. The Quarry also rose 20 spots in Golfweek’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list to No. 43, and soared 52 spots from the previous year to No. 119 in the publication’s “Top Modern Courses” category. Golfweek’s “Ultimate Guide to Golf Courses Living and Great Escapes 2020” also tabbed The Quarry No. 46 in its “Top 100 Resort Courses in the U.S.”

Currently, Giants Ridge is offering gift cards ideal for family members and friends this holiday season. Throughout the holidays and into 2021, Giants Ridge gift cards are valid for dining, shopping, skiing, and other recreation opportunities at the resort. Available in $25, $50, $100 and $200 denominations, the gift cards can be purchased at the resort or online at

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About Giants Ridge
Set amongst the beauty of Minnesota’s northwoods, Giants Ridge, located in Biwabik, Minn., is a four-season, family-oriented resort. Giants Ridge has grown from a local ski hill (long ago) attracting local, day visitors, to a four-season recreation destination attracting thousands of guests each year from Minnesota, the United States and Canada.

Giants Ridge features two nationally recognized 18-hole championship-caliber golf courses and a ski resort ranked among the very best in Minnesota. The Legend at Giants Ridge and The Quarry at Giants Ridge are ranked among Minnesota's best golf courses. For skiers, Giants Ridge boasts 35 downhill runs, more than 60 km of world-class cross-country ski trails (which once served as Olympic training grounds) and one of Minnesota’s hottest terrain parks as well as a snow tubing park. The resort also offers miles of year-round recreation trails, including an expanding mountain bike trail system (which will soon be the largest lift-served mountain bike park in the Midwest), water recreation, unbeatable lodging accommodations, dining, shopping and much more. It is an easy one-hour drive from Duluth and three and-a-half hours from the Twin Cities.

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