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Giants Ridge Honored in GOLF Magazine's Inaugural Ranking of North America's Top 100 Golf Resorts

By Brian Weis

Giants Ridge - the Upper Midwest's leading golf resort set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range - placed 11th in the Best Resorts For Families category in GOLF Magazine's inaugural ranking of North America's Top 100 Golf Resorts.

The rankings were based on GOLF Magazine's online poll of 3,700 golfers rating 243 resorts in North America on categories such as golf experiences, accommodations, service, food, and ambience. The publication's editorial team's consideration of these resorts also factored into the rankings. The full list appears in the magazine's October 2019 issue.

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 state, The Quarry and The Legend. The aptly-named Quarry is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine, and dramatically raised tees and hazards provide dramatic Iron Range vistas. Carved out of the Superior National Forest, The Legend is a true "northwoods" course featuring towering pines, giant fairways and majestic views of Wynne and Sabin Lakes.

Besides its two award-winning golf layouts, Giants Ridge offers numerous crystal-clear lakes, rivers and streams ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. Hiking and biking trails also cut through the towering pines of the Iron Ridge, and chairlift rides offer breathtaking views of the stunning Iron Range.

"It's an incredible honor to be placed in GOLF Magazine's first-ever ranking of North America's Top 100 Golf Resorts and being named among the best in the family friendly category," says John Kendall, director of golf. "We pride ourselves on making our golf courses enjoyable for every player, and offering plenty of enjoyable adventures throughout our property."

Currently, Giants Ridge is offering value-laden stay-and-play packages through late fall. The "Two Nights - Two Rounds" package starts at $249 per person / per night and includes a two-night stay in a two-bedroom condo at The Lodge at Giants Ridge, discounts at the Sleeping Giant Grill and Bar, a round of golf per person / per day on either The Quarry or The Legend, golf cart, range balls and a yardage book. The "Play & Stay at GreenGate Guest Houses" package includes a two-night stay at the GreenGate Guest Houses, a round of golf on either course, golf cart, range balls and a yardage book, and starts at $232 per person / per night. The "Stay & Play at The Villas" package includes one round of golf with cart on either of the resort's two courses, range balls, a yardage book and accommodations at the Villas at Giants Ridge for 10% off the regular price.

For more information:, 1.800.688.7669

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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