The Quarry Giants Ridge – A Minnesota Jewel

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About 200 miles north of Minneapolis is the Quarry Giants Ridge golf course.  It’s the second course at Giants Ridge etched out of granite and the woods of the Mesabi Iron Range and designed by architect Jeffrey Bauer.   As the name suggests, it was carved from a rock and sand quarry.

Named best new resort course in 2004 and currently ranked as the #25 best public course in the nation by Golf Digest.  Consequently, exceeded the accolades of its sister course, The Legend Giants Ridge.

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. To mild surprise, the Quarry Giants Ridge turned out to be an exceptional golf experience.

You can see the surface remnants of the quarries on multiple holes. The Quarry Giants Ridge has a well-regarded collection of three beautiful and challenging Par 5 Holes. The landscape has been used masterfully to create interesting shots that require some careful thinking.

Certain tee shots require remarkable precision.

On this day, a sharp nine iron to six feet set up a nice birdie.


Quarry Giants Ridge – Back Nine

Not only does the back nine continue the beauty, it continues to require even more precision.

The short 323 yard Hole #13 is the coolest Par 4 on the course.  Set from an elevated tee to a fairway split in the middle by a pot bunker, great shot selection and execution are essential.  There are many options for the player which is exactly how it should be.

The long Par 4 Hole #18 finishes strong.   After all it’s 468 yards tips (448 yards Blue) with a sharp dogleg guarded by two bunkers.   Of course, the tee shot needs to hug the left side but clear the bunkers.  Then you have a mid iron for the approach shot. Otherwise even a long but straight drive will leave a long iron or hybrid into the last green.  While the final green eases you into the clubhouse, you’ll have no trouble remembering a heart pounding and stimulating round.


The elevated “island” fairway of the Par 4 Hole #6 at the Quarry Giants Ridge.