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JOURNEY PLANNER

FLIGHTS

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport 
Icelandair

WHERE TO STAY

Radisson Hotel
Bloomington by Mall of America
W: radissonmallofamerica.com

Madden’s Resort
Brainerd
W: maddens.com

Westin Edina Galleria hotel
Edina
W: westinedinagalleria.com

Comfort Suites Canal Park hotel
Duluth
W: choicehotels.com

Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Tower
W: fortunebay.com

Villas at Giants Ridge
Biwabik
W: villasatgiantsridge.com


WHERE TO EAT

Split Rock Grill
Radisson Hotel
Bloomington
W: radissonmallofamerica.com

Mancini’s Char House & Lounge
Saint Paul
W: mancinis.com

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
Bloomington
W: firelakerestaurant.com

The Capital Grille
Minneapolis
W: thecapitalgrille.com

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
Edina
W: westinedinagalleria.com/
edina-minnesota-restaurants

Surly’s Microbrewery
Minneapolis
W: surlybrewing.com

Canal Park Brewing Co
Duluth
W: canalparkbrewery.com

Sunset Steakhouse
Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Tower
W: fortunebay.com/dining/sunset


THINGS TO DO

Mall of America
Bloomington
W: mallofamerica.com

Gallaria Edina
Edina
W: galleriaedina.com

WHERE TO PLAY
Hazeltine National, Chaska
W: hazeltinenational.com

Legends GC, Prior Lake
W: legendsgc.com

The Classic, Brainerd
W: maddens.com/the-classic-
course.html

The Pines, Nisswa
W: grandviewlodge.com/golf-course

Keller GC, Maplewood
W: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/golf/
Pages/Keller-Golf-Course.aspx

The Wilderness, Tower
W: golfthewilderness.com

The Legend, Biwabik
W: giantsridge.com/legend.html

The Quarry, Biwabik
W: giantsridge.com/index.php


 

 

The Legend at Giants Ridge, Minnesota, USA
Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Legend at Giants Ridge, The 14th hole

It’s the last day of my trip to Minnesota and today I am playing at Giants Ridge, the first course I am playing is the Legends and I am standing on the first tee after my warm up on the practice ground looking at the carry to the fairway on this 377-yard opening hole. It’s very intimidating but once I get my drive away I realise it’s the look of the ravine you have to carry, not the distance, which is the scary part and to my surprise I am left with a little 9-iron into the green. How looks can be deceiving!

But there is nothing deceitful about the Legends, it’s a resort course with wide fairways and four different teeing options ranging from 6,930-yards from the tips to 5,085-yards from the reds, giving everyone a chance to enjoy a challenging course in some spectacular surroundings.

As I have stated in my previous reviews on this trip, it’s now October in Minnesota and the fall is well and truly underway giving the courses some spectacular colouring. And when mixed with a piece of land that has some great topography, designer Jeffery Brauer has done an amazing job here.

You know you’re in for a treat when the perfect opening hole is then followed by a great par 3, over water. Look out for the giants paw print on the par 5, 3rd hole and don’t land in it as I just have! There really isn’t a weak hole on the course which my playing partner John Kendall, who is the head professional here pointed out, when people were asked to vote on their favourite hole - which would become the courses signature hole - every hole on the course received votes.

The course is a Troon run facility so as you can imagine as I make my way round the course, the fairways, tees and greens are in fantastic condition. According to the vote the signature hole is the 11th and I have to say I am not sure what the locals were drinking that day! Not that it isn’t a great hole, when I played it I thought it was a beautiful designed par 3 over water and deserved that accolade. But as I walk up the steps to the tee on the 17th tee there is no question that the 17th is without a doubt the signature hole on this course.

Played across a lake to a green set in the trees and from the back tees measures a heart pumping 226-yards, the design, the aesthetics and just the sheer beauty of its setting make it not only the signature hole here, but also make it one of the best par 3s you will ever play.

I am sure you will have your own debate over a few cold drinks in the bar, but I do know one thing for sure, you will be glad you made the journey upstate to play this gem of a course.



Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Legend at Giants Ridge, The 17th hole Top: Bunkering on the 14th hole. Above: Looking back to the tee on the par 3, 17th hole

17th hole taken on the day of play © James mason planetgolfreview



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