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Giants Ridge golf courses open for the season

"They are worth the drive – really good golf at reasonable prices. Similar courses in more popular destinations would command double the green fees. We played in the fall when the leaves had changed colors and it was beautiful." -- Christopher Haugen

Christopher Haugen / Duluth Times

The Giants Ridge golf season began on Friday with the opening of The Legend and Quarry.

Located in Biwabik, approximately three hours north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, The Legend and Quarry courses have been a part of Minnesota’s golf landscape for a quarter of a century earning numerous national and state accolades. The most recent accolade was garnered from Golf Digest when Giants Ridge received the coveted 2022 “Editors’ Choice Award” in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest” category.

"Both courses, The Legend and The Quarry, are consistently ranked as some of the best public golf courses in Minnesota. I think The Quarry is often ranked No. 1," said Duluth Times golf columnist Christopher Haugen. "You can see all the accolades on their website. They are worth the drive – for really good golf at reasonable prices. Similar courses in more popular destinations would command double the green fees. We played in the fall when the leaves had changed colors and it was beautiful. Both courses were in great shape and had truly spectacular layouts. Great north woods feel. Plus, you can do other activities like mountain biking and canoeing on the many local lakes. I intend to head up there again soon."

Giants Ridge last year also appeared in Golfweek’s Top 200 Resort Courses in the nation with The Quarry at number 36. In the magazine’s Top Public Courses in Minnesota, The Quarry was ranked at number one and The Legend number six.

“Giants Ridge has been in demand for decades among golfers throughout the Midwest and Canada,” said John Kendall, Giants Ridge director of golf. “We are thankful to have a high repeat rate of golfers traveling from distances of three hours or more, as well as by the loyal Iron Range market. We want to make certain their investments of time, travel and money are well worth it while they visit this remarkable facility in northeastern Minnesota.”

Golfers playing The Quarry will traverse through a former sand quarry and iron ore mine with vast Iron Range vistas. Dramatically raised tees and hazards are forged from the reclaimed and repurposed mine land. The Legend is carved out of the Superior National Forest and plays through towering pines and alongside Sabin Lake.

The spring daily rate of $87 is available through June 1 with juniors 17 and under playing for $40 any day during the season. Dubbed “Minnesota’s Greatest Value in Golf,” the 37-Hole Special begins June 2 and includes golf on both courses with lunch for $180 Monday through Thursday and $200 Friday through Sunday.

Throughout the 2023 season, Iron Range residents may play either course for $55 Sunday through Thursday. Tee times are required, and all golf rates include a golf car rental and range balls. Call the Golf Shop at 218-865-8030 for details on green fees and offers.

Giants Ridge is owned by Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation and managed by Guest Services, a hospitality management company in the United States since 1917. The agency invests into the Giants Ridge amenities and infrastructure to support the facility’s significant annual economic impact of roughly $55 million. Giants Ridge has welcomed about 135,000 visitors annually in recent years, and it spills out into the local economy as well as creates full-time and part-time jobs for local residents.

The recreation area offers lift-served mountain bike trails, hiking, a climbing wall and lake access during the summer. The winter months bring alpine and cross-country skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing and access to over 2,000 miles of snowmobile trails.

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Duluth Elections 2023

Candidate filings for City of Duluth and Duluth school board positions will continue through Tuesday, May 30. The following seats will be on the ballot in 2023 (including registered candidates listed alphabetically):

City of Duluth

Mayor — Jair Dosser, Emily Larson, Jesse Peterson, Roger Reinert, Robert David Schieve

Two City Councilors At-Large — Ashlie Castaldo, Miranda Pacheco, Shawn A. Sauela, Jenna Yeakle

City Council First District — Wendy Durrwachter, Timothy Meyer

City Council Third District —  Roz Randorf

City Council Fourth District — Tara Swenson

City Council Fifth District — Janet Kennedy

Duluth School Board

At-Large –

District 2 —  Sarah Mikesell

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