The Legend Giants Ridge – Another Rare Find

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Legend Giants Ridge, one of the top 5 golf courses in Minnesota, is about 200 miles north of Minneapolis.  Etched out of the granite and woods of the Mesabi Iron Range, the golf course opened in 1997.

Giants Ridge began as a ski hill.  Owned since 1984 by the state economic development agency, it expanded to include a hotel and two golf courses. Although it continues to lose money, Legend Giants Ridge is well maintained and provides an excellent golf experience for the money.


Enjoying the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA)

Legend Giants Ridge is 45 mins south of Ely, the entrance to the one million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.  If you have another day to spare,  the canoeing is memorable.

Legend Giants Ridge – Golf Course

The Legend Giants Ridge is a magnificent high-end public course.  Hence, the $62 to $90 rates (depending on season) rates are a great value. Despite (or because of) the rain, our enthusiasm was high.


The Par 3 Hole #2 dispatches over a small pond to a well-bunkered green.


Hole #3 is a signature Par 5 that is reachable at 501 yards.  Consequently, launch an aggressive tee shot over the noteworthy “Giant” paw footprint bunker.  On the other hand, plenty of room remains right for the three-shot alternative.


Then again large rocks and boulders provide visual texture to the tee shot on the Par4 Hole #8.


While a wide chasm is navigated on the tee shot, the carry is reasonable on the Par 4 Hole #10.


The medium length Par 3 Hole #11 is all carry and with no bailout option.


A chasm needs a medium length tee shot on the Par 4 Hole #12.


Dramatic fairway bunkering enhances the medium length Par 5 Hole #14. Large rocks provide visual texture.

Image of golf cart path through fall trees at Legend Giants Ridge

There is occasionally some distance between holes.   As a result, you take a splendid ride through the woods, especially magnificent during the autumn colors.

The Par 3 Hole #17 is The SIGNATURE HOLE at Legend Giants Ridge. In fact, it’s named to the Minnesota Dream 18 – eighteen of the best holes voted by the public. From the Gold tips it’s 226 yards and from the Blue tees, it’s 216 yards.  You carry water to an elevated green fronted by a small collection area.   In a word, it’s dazzling.


By all means, stop and admire the Sabin lake view from the 17th green.


A giant footprint bunker is memorable at the Legend Giants Ridge.


Par 5 Hole #3, The Legend at Giants Ridge