Visit Some of the Best Golf Courses in Minnesota
Quite simply, it’s collectively known as “the Trilogy.” Three of the finest golf courses in Minnesota. Heck, they are three of the finest golf courses in the United States! The Wilderness at Fortune Bay in Tower and the courses at Giants Ridge – The Quarry and The Legend, all three courses within a half hour from each other. Here’s the blow by blow on each course:
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay
Rated 2nd on the Golf Digest list of Top 40 Casino Courses in the country. The Wilderness is designed by Jeffrey Brauer and showcases all the natural aesthetic beauty to be found in Minnesota’s Iron Range. The course can play up to 7,200 yards from the tips and a stern slope of 142. It’s also quite manageable and ridiculously enjoyable from the forward tees. Bring your “A+” game when you come to the Wilderness and sharpen up your short game and putter because there is a premium in placement on the tiered greens.
Giants Ridge – The Quarry
Golf Digest Magazine considers The Quarry at Giants Ridge, the 16th best public golf course in the United States. To call the course breathtaking would be an understatement. The Quarry in many ways defines Minnesota Golf and is exactly the type of course you would dream about when thinking about golf courses in Minnesota. For starters, the facility is managed by Troon Golf so the management and the maintenance of the course is top shelf. Even a government shut down last summer couldn’t throw off the quality of the track – within days after returning to work post-shutdown, the courses at Giants Ridge were back in top form.
From the back tees, The Quarry stretches to 7,200 yards and yet from the white tees, at 6,100 yards, the average “Joe” will get all he can handle and have the time of his or her life. Oh, you may find it interesting that on the Golf Digest list of America’s Best 100 Public Courses, The Quarry beat out Kapalua, Harbor Town Links and Chambers Bay.
Giants Ridge – The Legend
Okay, so unlike its sister course, The Legend is not ranked in the Golf Digest Top 100 Public Courses, but if you had to guess which of the two courses is ranked and unranked, I’m pretty sure you would not be able to guess which is the 16th ranked course. Dramatic, visually stunning, and challenging for golfers of all levels, The Legend plays over 6,900 yards from the tips. Oh, is that not long enough for you? Tell yourself it’s 7,200 yards and go have at it, you won’t miss the 300 yards. I promise.
The signature 17th hole, par 3 will bring you back to The Legend, in fact you may want to play The Legend just so you can play this hole. It is not only daunting, but it is also serene and calming, right up until you address your ball for your shot!