The Quarry at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, MN
Tee Time: July 18, 2016, 10:00, 72 F, sunny
Designer: Jeffrey Brauer, 2003
Playing Partners: Greg Ryan
Tees: Blue, Par 72 (72.9 rating/132 slope/6,696 yards)
Course Handicap: 7 (6.3 index)
Stats: 88 (44-44); 37 putts; 8/14 fairways; 8/18 greens; 4 penalty strokes
Last week I was lucky enough to go to the Home Run Derby in San Diego. The one where Giancarlo Stanton hit 61 home runs, topping out at 497 feet. Every time he hit a ball, I could only say “wow”. Each home run just left you speechless, it wasn’t so much a “wow” as a gasp at the crack of the bat. Well, that’s pretty much how my round went at the Quarry at Giants Ridge. Every tee, I was seeing something amazing and awesome. I found myself repeatedly spending an extra moment taking in the surroundings, taking the long route to my next shot, telling Greg how unbelievable this course is. Of course, before we got to start we were given not a primer on the golf course, but a history lesson of the mining and refining past of upper Minnesota. I’m usually fascinated by all this history, especially about the sheer amount of iron and ore they pulled out of these mines (hundreds of millions of tons) in total, a majority of it going toward the country’s World War II effort. But I was also eager to get out and check this course out, so the mining talk kind of washed over me like when Bart tried to listen to the history lesson at the box factory.