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The Quarry’s 13th hole honored by Golf Digest

Signature par 4 named one of America’s Best 18 Holes Since 2000 in latest print edition

(BIWABIK, Minn.)Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s leading golf resort, set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range, announces the par-4 13th hole on The Quarry golf course was highlighted in the “America’s Best 18 Holes Since 2000” feature that appeared in the August 2020 print edition of Golf Digest.

13th hole at The Quarry at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn.
The par-4 13th hole on The Quarry golf course at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn.

Continuing its reign as the best public course in Minnesota, The Quarry is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine. Dramatically raised tees and hazards forged from reclaimed and repurposed mine land set this Jeff Brauer-design apart and provide dramatic Iron Range vistas.

Stretching to 323 yards, the 13th hole offers a wide fairway with a small bunker lurking in the middle. The large, diagonal and undulating putting surface sits atop a ledge that features native grasses in front. The hole provides golfers plenty of options off the tee from which to play. According to Golf Digest, “for those not willing to gamble off the tee, it plays, as should all good short par 4s, as consecutive par 3s. That grassy ramp leading up to the perched green wasn’t part of The Quarry. Brauer saw it and kept it as an alluring temptation for those who think they can bounce their drive onto the putting surface.”

Among the notable courses also listed in the “America’s Best 18 Holes Since 2000” feature are 2015 U.S. Open host site Chambers Bay in Washington, The Kingsley Club in Michigan, Streamsong Resort in Florida, Ballyneal in Colorado and Friar’s Head in New York.

“The 13th hole is easily one of the most talked-about and exciting holes at Giants Ridge,” says John Kendall, Director of Golf. “When you step onto the 13th tee, it’s as if you are in a theater of golf course beauty because of the elevated tee and natural surroundings. The intrigue is found in how the golfer wants to attack the hole, and Brauer provides plenty of options for that. We’re honored that the 13th is revered and part of this illustrious group showcased by Golf Digest.”

Earlier this year, Giants Ridge received the coveted “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest” category for 2020. Celebrating the “best of the best” golf destinations, Giants Ridge was one of only eight resorts listed in the Midwest and the only destination in Minnesota. Other prestigious properties named include The American Club, Arcadia Bluffs, Erin Hills, Forest Dunes, French Lick, The Inn at Bay Harbor and Sand Valley.

In addition, Golfweek tabbed The Quarry as the Best Course You Can Play in Minnesota. The Quarry also rose 20 spots in Golfweek’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list to No. 43, and soared 52 spots from the previous year to No. 119 in the publication’s “Top Modern Courses” category. Golfweek’s “Ultimate Guide to Golf Courses Living and Great Escapes 2020” also tabbed The Quarry No. 46 in its “Top 100 Resort Courses in the U.S.”

For more information: www.giantsridge.com, 1.800.688.7669

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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 soon be the largest lift-served mountain bike park in the Midwest), water recreation, unbeatable lodging accommodations, dining, shopping and much more. It is an easy one-hour drive from Duluth and three and-a-half hours from the Twin Cities.

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