The Quarry, The Legend to open in May with social distancing guidelines
(BIWABIK, Minn.) – Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s leading golf resort set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range – announces play on The Quarry golf course will begin May 1 and The Legend will commence later that month following Governor Tim Walz’s decision to allow golf courses to open with social distancing restrictions.
A convenient three-hour drive along I-35 from the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area, Giants Ridge boasts two of the highest-ranked layouts in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” The Quarry and The Legend. The aptly named Quarry is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine with dramatically raised tees and natural hazards providing thrills. Carved out of the Superior National Forest, The Legend is a true “Northwoods” layout featuring towering pines, giant fairways and majestic vistas of Wynne and Sabin Lakes.
On April 17, Governor Walz declared Minnesota golf courses could open through an order intended to get state residents out of their homes and safely outdoors while restarting the state’s golf industry. Both courses will follow social distancing guidelines set by the resort that include:
· Tee times reservations are required and available online or via phone with no walk-ons
· All payments will be completed over the phone prior to the tee time
· Only one rider per golf cart unless riding with someone from same household
· Flagsticks must always remain in the hole
· The removal of all bunker rakes
The golf pro shop will be closed to the public. Limited merchandise will be available by phone requests. The driving range will be open to playing guests only; however, the practice putting green will be closed. In addition, outside service staff will not be available to assist in loading and unloading bags, and limited food and beverage service will be offered. A full list of Giants Ridge’s golf social distancing guidelines can be found on resort’s golf page.
“We thank Gov. Walz for the April 17 executive order allowing Minnesota golf courses to open with social distancing restrictions,” says John Kendall, Director of Golf. “At Giants Ridge, we will do everything in our power to protect our customers and employees while providing an exceptional golf experience.”
Offering unbeatable value and 36 thrilling holes, Giants Ridge has long been considered one of Minnesota’s best golf destinations. A month ago, Giants Ridge received the “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest” category. In addition to the Golf Digest honor, Giants Ridge and its courses have received accolades from Golf Magazine, Golfweek, My Golf Spy, WorldGolf.com and Golf Advisor.
About Giants Ridge
Set amongst the beauty of Minnesota’s northwoods, Giants Ridge, located in Biwabik, Minn., is a four-season, family-oriented resort. Giants Ridge has grown from a local ski hill (long ago) attracting local, day visitors, to a four-season recreation destination attracting thousands of guests each year from Minnesota, the United States and Canada.
Giants Ridge features two nationally-recognized 18-hole championship-caliber golf courses and a ski resort ranked among the very best in Minnesota. The Legend at Giants Ridge and The Quarry at Giants Ridge are ranked among Minnesota's best golf courses. For skiers, Giants Ridge boasts 35 downhill runs, more than 60 km of world-class cross country ski trails (which once served as Olympic training grounds) and one of Minnesota’s hottest terrain parks as well as a snow tubing park. The resort also offers miles of year-round recreation trails, including an expanding mountain bike trail system (which will be among the top destinations in the mountain biking world), water recreation, unbeatable lodging accommodations, dining, shopping and much more. It is an easy one-hour drive from Duluth and three hours from the Twin Cities.
More information: www.giantsridge.com, 1.800.688.7669