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Giants Ridge's The Quarry Achieves Lofty Rankings from Several National Golf Outlets

Giants Ridge's The Quarry Achieves Lofty Rankings from Several National Golf Outlets

Splendid Jeff Brauer Design Ranks in the Top-10 of Value Golf Courses by GOLF Magazine; Finishes in the Top-40 Among Top Public Courses by MyGolfSpy and Golf Digest

By Brian Weis

Giants Ridge - Minnesota's premier golf destination set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range - celebrates three impressive public course rankings its The Quarry golf course received from several prominent golf outlets.

The Quarry maintained its top-35 showing in Golf Digest's latest biennial list of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses rankings, as it finished 35th. Designed by noted course architect Jeff Brauer, the aptly-named The Quarry is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine, and was the only course in Minnesota listed among the top-60 in Golf Digest's latest list.

Dramatically raised tees and hazards forged from reclaimed and repurposed mine land set The Quarry apart from other courses and provide dramatic Iron Range vistas. According to Golf Digest, The Quarry's "very inventive design also demands some aerial play, too."

MyGolfSpy, a leading golf website focusing on unbiased equipment, golf course and accessory reviews, ranked The Quarry 18th on its Top 50 Public Courses in the U.S. list. More than 300,000 visitors to the website offered reviews of the nation's top public courses, and MyGolfSpy enlisted the help of TheGrint, a golf handicap and stat-tracking service, in compiling these rankings.

The Quarry also ranked high in GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Value Courses in the U.S. rankings, as it finished ninth. The rankings highlighted the best courses golfers can play for $150 or less, and were rated by the publication's 97 handpicked panelists from around the world who have a keen eye for architecture, both regionally and globally. The panelists noted about Giants Ridge, "Add a pinch of Pine Valley vibe with a splash of Irish links magic on top of a former sand, gravel and iron ore mining site and you get The Quarry at Giants Ridge."

"We appreciate the recognition from these respected media outlets and industry insiders, as their readers and constituents know their golf inside and out," says Director of Golf John Kendall. "These prestigious honors represent our commitment to providing our guests with an extraordinary golf experience."

The year 2021 was a banner one for Giants Ridge and its layouts. Both The Quarry and Giants Ridge's other course, The Legend, finished in the top-10 of Golfweek's annual "Best: State-By-State Courses You Can Play" rankings, with The Quarry notching the top spot as the best public course in Minnesota for the seventh consecutive year. An easy drive from the Twin Cities, Giants Ridge was the only resort in Minnesota to boast multiple courses in these rankings.

GOLF Magazine also ranked The Quarry 68th in its Top 100 Courses You Can Play rankings, and Golf Digest bestowed its highly coveted "Editor's Choice Award" in the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest Category to Giants Ridge. 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.

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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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