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Giants Ridge courses recognized in Golfweek’s top resort course rankings

The Quarry climbs 10 spots in 2021 list to 36th; The Legend maintains “Next 100” status

(BIWABIK, Minn.)Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s leading golf resort set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range – announces both of its championship courses, The Quarry and The Legend, were honored in Golfweek’s annual Top Resort Course Rankings.

Golfweek’s “Ultimate Guide to Golf Courses Living and Great Escapes 2021” tabbed The Quarry No. 36 in its “Top 100 Resort Courses in the U.S.” rankings, a 10-spot improvement from the 2020 list. Designed by Jeff Brauer on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine, The Quarry was the only Minnesota course in the top-50 of these rankings. Ranked just above The Quarry at a tie for 34th were Mid Pines in North Carolina and Mossy Oak in Mississippi. Finishing 37th was the Old White Course at Greenbrier in West Virginia.

The Legend also was recognized among the “Next 100 Resort Courses” in the Golfweek rankings alongside such prestigious layouts as the Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort in South Carolina, The Hills Course at Boyne Highlands in Michigan and both courses at The Boulders Resort in Arizona. Carved out of the Superior National Forest, The Legend is a true northwoods Brauer-design featuring towering pines, giant fairways and majestic views of the Wynne and Sabin Lakes.

Giants Ridge — Quarry

Golfweek’s elite team of course raters determine the publication’s annual course ranking lists. Each year, the raters evaluate courses, grading each nominated layout on a 10-point basis based on Golfweek’s criteria.

“It’s gratifying to see The Quarry climb the resort-course rankings and The Legend appear on this list,” says John Kendall, Director of Golf. “Golfers of all skill levels love teeing it up on our distinctive Jeff Brauer layouts, and this Golfweek distinction reinforces their good judgment. These rankings validate our place among elite golf venues.”

The Golfweek honors are the latest accolades for Giants Ridge’s championship layouts. In 2020, the publication tabbed The Quarry as the Best Course You Can Play in Minnesota, and No. 43 overall in their “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list. The Quarry also skyrocketed 52 spots from the previous year to No. 119 in the publication’s “Top Modern Courses” category.

Golf Digest highlighted The Quarry’s par-4 13th hole in its “America’s Best 18 Holes Since 2000” feature that appeared in its 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.

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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