Giants Ridge Resort Leaves Footprints on Your Heart
The Legend and The Quarry Golf Courses in Biwabic, MN
By Tim Cotroneo
How far will you travel to fall in love?
For golfers lucky enough to experience The Quarry and The Legend golf courses at Giants Ridge Resort, the trip to northeastern Minnesota is a scenic introduction to the love story you’ll share once you get back home.
Giants Ridge Resort is located in Biwabic, MN, roughly three hours from the Twin Cities and a one hour commute from Duluth. The closer you get to Biwabic, the more you feel the charm, the serenity, and the Northwoods appeal of a golf community of just 900 residents.
You can’t visit Giants Ridge without connecting to the rich history that’s embedded in the resort’s vast acreage. The boulders seen throughout The Legend’s 7,000-yard layout, and the 500-foot-deep Mine Lake next to The Quarry’s 18th green, cling to a time when Giants Ridge was a thriving iron ore mine dating back to the 1800s.
Renowned Golf Architect Jeffrey Brauer is the design mastermind behind The Legend opening in 1997 and The Quarry in 2004. Brauer’s vision is evident in the topography, epic views, and challenging shots that bring the two distinct 18-hole layouts to life.
The photogenic Legend is known for its giant sand trap footprint on the front nine, and the 226-yard Par 3, 17th hole next to Sabin Lake on the back.
The awards heaped on The Quarry are too numerous to count. In 2019 alone, The Quarry’s trophy case reads:
- The Quarry #4 – Golf Digest’s “Best Golf Courses in Minnesota” (2019-20); (#4 overall; #1 public course)
- The Quarry – Golf Digest – #31″America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” (2019)
- The Quarry – Golfweek – #1 “Best Courses in Minnesota” (2019)
- The Quarry – Golfweek – #171 “Next 100 Top Modern Courses in the Country” (2019)
- The Quarry – Golfweek – #63 “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” (2019)
- Combined, The Legend and The Quarry are also proud to announce they’ve garnered Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award – Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest (2019)
Photo buffs love the back to nature feel and amazing light offered when playing the double your pleasure combo of The Legend and The Quarry.
Before or after your round, the courses deliver wonderful indoor/outdoor food and beverage settings with The Legend’s Burnt Onion Kitchen & Brews and The Quarry’s Wacootah Grille.
After a day of golfing, fishing, tennis, kayaking, or mountain biking, a good night’s sleep is almost guaranteed in a Giants Ridge lodge, villa, or guest house. That’s because when the sun goes down and the stars come out, the quiet in the great northwoods is like no place on earth.
Play Giants Ridge award-winning Legend and Quarry once and chances are good you’ll not only fall in love, the resort will leave a lasting footprint on your heart.