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The first time you play either of the two Minnesota golf courses (The Legend and The Quarry) at Giants Ridge Golf Course & Ski Resort in Biwabik, you will create memories. The quiet, the conditioning, the rugged beauty and the challenge will have you immediately planning your return trip. As will some of the great holes. Here are the most memorable golf holes at Giants Ridge that you will want to play again.
The Legend No. 3—501 yards, par 5
From the tee you see the massive bunker carved into the side of the fairway. It resembles the foot of a giant, and is slightly visually intimidating. But it can be cleared with relative ease if you bail out to the right. Hit your drive left, over the longest part of the bunker to cut off plenty of the dogleg left and you’ll set yourself up to go for the green in two. If you miss, the large deep bunker is only the beginning of your problems. Bunkers guard the large rolling green, but if you’ve gotten home in two, you have a great chance at birdie and an opportunity to slay the beast.
The Legend No. 17—226 yards, par 3
Not only the most memorable golf hole at Giants Ridge, No. 17 holds that distinction for many golfers when talking about the entire state. This forced carry over Sabin Lake is a beauty (the tee box is home to an eagle nest, many romantic dinners and even wedding proposals), but it can be a beast, as any short drive ends up wet. From the back tees, the shot is substantial, and shots bailing to the right can bank back onto the green. The large, undulating green is receptive, but not deep, so a precise drive is required to take away a completely fond memory of this hole.
The Quarry No. 13—323 yards, par 4
In the middle of the back nine, architect Jeffrey Brauer gives you the chance to save your round or break it. This short par 4 offers a tantalizing choice off the tee, but there are plenty of hazards to make you think twice about pulling driver and going for it. The optimal landing spot is right of the bunker and large mound that cleaves the fairway in two, which leave a short chip up onto an elevated and undulating green. Shoot for the green and you can easily find the gnarly rough in front of it, turning a potential eagle chance into a bogey or worse. The green is big and might be worth the risk, but getting on in two for a birdie putt works also.
The Quarry No. 18—468 yards, par 4
The beautiful finishing hole at the Quarry makes you want to start right back over and play another round. Bordering a large water-filled quarry, this challenging hole requires strict concentration throughout. The dogleg left hole has a fairway bunker on the left and it serves to narrow the landing area on the drive. If you go over the bunker and cut off some of the turn, you can tame this long par 4 with a shorter approach to the relatively unguarded, large but narrow green. Walk away with a par and you can take time at the 19th hole to enjoy the view of the scarred earth, where the course gets its name.
As one of Minnesota’s top golf resorts, the beauty and challenge of Giants Ridge, is a perfect tribute to the region’s mining history. Book a tee time and let us know how you did at Giants Ridge’s most memorable holes.
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