Giants Ridge - Quarry

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I love Giants Ridge. As a disclaimer, I am an absolute sucker for heavily wooded golf courses. I love the scenery aspect of golf courses and this course nails that on the head. I have played both the Legend and the Quarry and will definitely be back. The clubhouse is alright, but the patio area where you can eat your lunch between rounds is incredible. It looks over the old filled in mine, just a huge lake now. And it is awesome. That is my favorite place that I have had food/drinks on any golf course. The course is great, a lot of elevation changes and tons of rock structures. The scenery is incredible and the course is a challenge. Pace was pretty good until about hole 15 but it was just a minor wait. This is a northern treat and rewards those who are willing to drive. Do it.

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Played both courses back in 2013, just before Golf Advisor was launched. Both are very nice, and it was fun to see the land of Bob Dylan, walleye and giant hockey sticks. Wrote up the trip for GolfChannel.com: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/travel-insider/minnesotas-iron-range-land-lakes-legendary-giants-and-spectacular-golf-giants/

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I Played 36 holes at the Quarry and I really enjoyed it. The course was in really good shape and challenging. Played the course from the tips and it was a good test of golf. I feel like the Architect would have used the natural mounds better. Seems like as I looked around he could have created a more memorable golf course but still a great course.

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The course is beautiful with a wide variety of holes. Weather was a little muggy and plays longer than advertised. Greens, fairways and tee boxes are immaculate. Challenging course, but a lot of fun to play. Also got a great rate on a midweek room at the lodge which is also spectacular.

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Between the Legend at Giants Ridge and the Quarry at Giants Ridge, the consensus seems to be the Quarry is the better course. I was fortunate enough over the stretch of three days to play both courses, and let me say how lucky I consider myself to have done so. And let me also say that I actually prefer the Legend. Why?

It's about as close to Augusta as I would imagine Minnesota has to offer. I played late in the day, and as the shadows cast by the tall pines grew long across the perfectly manicured landscape, I couldn't help but feel the similarity between the public Legend and it's private counterpart. The fairways are wide and receptive, but there is plenty of trouble to be found with errant tee and approach shots, mostly in the form of strategically placed bunkers. The water hazards aren't too terribly menacing until you get to the signature par 3 17th, and then good luck hitting that slightly elevated green from 187 yards out from the white tees! It's a forced carry all the way regardless of which tees you're playing from. I was between clubs and wound up in the water, but somehow managed to chip in from the drop zone to save par.

Aside from the condition of the course, highlights for me included the collectible-grade bag tag and divot repair tool, club and ball washers on all carts, a free yardage book (I prefer this to GPS, which neither the Legend nor the Quarry offer), and friendly staff. Checking in was also a breeze with my Golf Now reservation, which was a decent discount over the normal twilight rate (thanks, Golf Now)!

The pace of play here was also significantly better for me than the Quarry, which I docked a rating star for the five hour round. Here, I was done with 18 holes as a single in just over three hours. I was also very appreciative of the starter's efforts to get me out ahead of a few threesomes. Overall, it was a very good customer service experience.

The only reason I can't give the Legend five stars is because they offer no free drinking water on the course. Call me cheap, but I like drinking water to be freely and abundantly available, and don't appreciate having to pay for bottled water if I'm thirsty.

However, I'd be crazy to let this one item deter me from playing here again in the future - water or no water, if I'm back in the area, I will gladly play either (or both) of the Giants resort courses. It's a bucket list type golf experience!

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