Gi­ants Ridge: Min­nesota’s “Dou­ble Di­a­mond”

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While high heat and hu­mid­ity can make late sum­mer down­right un­bear­able in many parts of the coun­try, it’s per­fect golf weather at North­ern Min­nesota’s Gi­ants Ridge. The Bi­wabik golf re­sort, nes­tled in the un­spoiled beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range, fea­tures two of the top-ranked lay­outs in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” With plenty of day­light to play 36 holes daily, sum­mer is an ideal time to visit.

While high heat and hu­mid­ity can make late sum­mer down­right un­bear­able in many parts of the coun­try, it’s per­fect golf weather at North­ern Min­nesota’s Gi­ants Ridge. The Bi­wabik golf re­sort, nes­tled in the un­spoiled beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range, fea­tures two of the top-ranked lay­outs in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” With plenty of day­light to play 36 holes daily, sum­mer is an ideal time to visit. A four-sea­son fam­ily re­cre­ation des­ti­na­tion, Gi­ants Ridge was the only Min­nesota prop­erty to earn a 2018 Golf Di­gest Ed­i­tor’s Choice Award for “Best Golf Re­sorts in the Mid­west.” This golf “gi­ant” of­fers guests a chance to un­plug and un­wind while en­joy­ing the prop­erty’s two dis­tinct 18-hole cour­ses, The Leg­end and The Quarry. This duo of dra­matic de­signs rep­re­sents some of Jef­frey Brauer’s finest work.

The Leg­end

The orig­i­nal Gi­ants Ridge lay­out, The Leg­end opened in 1997 to rave re­views. Tucked away in the pris­tine nat­u­ral splen­dor of the north­woods, the player-friendly course plays through tow­er­ing pines and along­side glit­ter­ing Sabin Lake. The re­sort course fea­tures wide fair­ways, but un­du­lat­ing greens, strate­gi­cally-placed bunkers and wa­ter haz­ards cre­ate en­joy­able chal­lenges through­out.

The Quarry

While The Leg­end is char­ac­ter­ized by smooth lines and seren­ity, The Quarry is home to rugged ter­rain and ex­hil­a­rat­ing ob­sta­cles in­clud­ing dra­mat­i­cally raised tees and haz­ards forged from re­claimed and re­pur­posed mine land. The ex­cep­tional lay­out – built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine – pro­vides a be­guil­ing test for even the most skilled golfers. A true “must-play” course, The Quarry is rated the “Best Course You Can Play” in Min­nesota by Golfweek and GOLF Mag­a­zine. Be­ware the in­tim­i­dat­ing par-5 fifth hole, which de­mands a mas­sive carry to a clas­si­cally-an­gled fair­way and a pre­cise ap­proach shot to a green guarded by wa­ter.

Ac­com­mo­da­tions

The Lodge at Gi­ants Ridge is con­ve­niently lo­cated just steps from The Leg­end’s club­house, which means guests can eas­ily roll out of bed and hit the links. Ideal for groups, The Lodge of­fers a va­ri­ety of suite lay­outs from one to four bed­rooms. Cozy linens and com­fort­able beds en­sure you’ll be well-rested be­fore your round. Stock the kitchen with your fa­vorite morn­ing es­sen­tials or head to Sleep­ing Gi­ant Restau­rant & Bar – lo­cated on the lobby level of the Lodge – for break­fast. Other on-site res­tau­rants at Gi­ants Ridge in­clude Burnt Onion Kitchen & Brews in the new chalet, Wa­cootah Grille in The Quarry’s club­house over­look­ing the 18th green and the sparkling blue wa­ters of Lake Mine and Bunkers Snack Bar lo­cated at the turn be­tween the first and ninth holes at The Leg­end.

Other Ac­tiv­i­ties

In ad­di­tion to leg­endary golf, Gi­ants Ridge also fea­tures a wide va­ri­ety of other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing bik­ing, hik­ing, fish­ing, swim­ming, boat­ing, disc golf and climb­ing on the new 32’ rock wall. New this year are ap­prox­i­mately 2.5 miles of pur­pose-built grav­ity moun­tain bike trails, set to open in mid-July. In win­ter, Gi­ants Ridge be­comes a ski and snow­board hot spot of­fer­ing 35 down­hill ski runs, over 60 km of the finest-groomed Nordic ski trails and the best snow­board­ing ter­rain park in Min­nesota.

Golf Spe­cial

Through Sept. 3, play both The Leg­end and Quarry – and en­joy lunch be­tween rounds – for just $145 pp Mon­day – Thurs­day or $160 pp Fri­day – Sun­day.

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