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 woodlands of the Mesabi Iron Range, the golf course opened in 1997. Giants Ridge is a thriving ski hill in the wintertime.
Owned since 1984 by the state economic development agency, it expanded to include a hotel and two championship golf courses.
Legend Giants Ridge is 45 minutes 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 is a magnificent well-maintained high-end public course. Hence, the $62 to $90 rates (depending on season) rates are a great value.
Hole #3 is a Par 5 that is reachable at 501 yards. Consequently, launch an aggressive tee shot over the noteworthy “Giant” paw footprint bunker. Plenty of room remains right for the three-shot alternative.
The Par 3 Hole #17 is the Signature hole at Legend Giants Ridge. It’s named to the Minnesota Dream 18 – eighteen of the best holes voted by the public. From the tips it’s 226 yards and from the Blue teeing ground, 216 yards. You carry water to an elevated green fronted by a small collection area. In a word, it’s dazzling.
To mild astonishment, the Legend Giants Ridge turned out to be an outstanding golf experience. If your travels should take you to Minnesota, the Giants Ridge should be on your short list. Every hole is a unique beauty. If you only have time to play one of the two courses, we give the Quarry course a slight nod over the Legend course.