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Giants Ridge’s The Quarry achieves lofty rankings from several national golf outlets

Splendid Jeff Brauer design ranks in the Top-10 of value golf courses by Golf Magazine; Finishes in the Top-40 among top public courses by MyGolfSpy and Golf Digest

(BIWABIK, Minn.)Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s premier golf destination set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range – celebrates three impressive public course rankings its The Quarry golf course received from several prominent golf outlets.

The Quarry maintained its top-35 showing in Golf Digest’s latest biennial list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses rankings, as it finished 35th. Designed by noted course architect Jeff Brauer, the aptly-named The Quarry is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine, and was the only course in Minnesota listed among the top-60 in Golf Digest’s latest list.

Dramatically raised tees and hazards forged from reclaimed and repurposed mine land set The Quarry apart from other courses and provide dramatic Iron Range vistas. According to Golf Digest, The Quarry’s “very inventive design also demands some aerial play, too.”

MyGolfSpy, a leading golf website focusing on unbiased equipment, golf course and accessory reviews, ranked The Quarry 18th on its Top 50 Public Courses in the U.S. list. More than 300,000 visitors to the website offered reviews of the nation’s top public courses, and MyGolfSpy enlisted the help of TheGrint, a golf handicap and stat-tracking service, in compiling these rankings.

The Quarry also ranked high in GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Value Courses in the U.S. rankings, as it finished ninth. The rankings highlighted the best courses golfers can play for $150 or less, and were rated by the publication’s 97 handpicked panelists from around the world who have a keen eye for architecture, both regionally and globally. The panelists noted about Giants Ridge, “Add a pinch of Pine Valley vibe with a splash of Irish links magic on top of a former sand, gravel and iron ore mining site and you get The Quarry at Giants Ridge.”

“We appreciate the recognition from these respected media outlets and industry insiders, as their readers and constituents know their golf inside and out,” says Director of Golf John Kendall. “These prestigious honors represent our commitment to providing our guests with an extraordinary golf experience.”

The year 2021 was a banner one for Giants Ridge and its layouts. Both The Quarry and Giants Ridge’s other course, The Legend, finished in the top-10 of Golfweek’s annual “Best: State-By-State Courses You Can Play” rankings, with The Quarry notching the top spot as the best public course in Minnesota for the seventh consecutive year. An easy drive from the Twin Cities, Giants Ridge was the only resort in Minnesota to boast multiple courses in these rankings.

GOLF Magazine also ranked The Quarry 68th in its Top 100 Courses You Can Play rankings, and Golf Digest bestowed its highly coveted “Editor’s Choice Award” in the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest Category 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.

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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 be among the top destinations in the mountain biking world), water recreation, unbeatable lodging accommodations, dining, shopping and much more. It is an easy one-hour drive from Duluth and three hours from the Twin Cities.

Robert Rodriguez