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Friendliness
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Pace
3.7
Amenities
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6930 yards
Slope 133
Rating 73.7

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season May - October
Architect Jeff Brauer (1997) Lanny Wadkins (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Skiing

Accolades

Reviews

4.1
29 Reviews (29)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 7
Drinks 7
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 13
Forced Carries 12
Elevation Changes 10
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 13
A Weekend Splurge 12
Group Getaways 12
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 14
At a Resort 9

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Reviews 52
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Iowa Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Stunningly Beautiful

The Legend is one of two courses designed by Jeff Brauer at Giant's Ridge resort. While The Quarry gets a lot of the acclaim, The Legend is plenty good in it's own right. And after playing The Quarry in the morning, The Legend feels like a warm hug with it's softer edges and gentler greens.

The Legend starts out with a few, fairly easy holes to get your round going, then ramps up the challenge a little bit for the rest of the front 9. The back 9 takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery Giant's Ridge has to offer while providing a mix of challenging and breather holes.

The condition of the course is really good, though not quite as good as The Quarry down the street. The greens are pretty fast and roll very true, and with gentle sloping, you'll get the chance to roll in some putts.

On the back 9, there are a couple of very long drives between holes. As first time players, our group was very confused when we drove about 5 minutes between holes 12 and 13. We were better prepared when we had the long drive between 16 and 17. Just keep following the signs and you'll make it!

The Legend is definitely a must play! I'd recommend doing the 37 hole special at Giant's Ridge, playing both courses and getting lunch for a great price.

My favorite hole on The Legend is the par 3 11th. I'm a sucker for short par 3s, and this one is the quintessential short 3. If you can hit a good wedge you'll have a birdie look, but if you're even a little off and you'll be working to make bogey.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Big Time Fun

Giants Ridge has two golf courses. Most people seem to prefer the Top 35 in the country Quarry course. I definitely prefer (the former Top 100) Legend.

We played this round on GolfBikes, motorized bicycles, and couldn't have had more fun.

I LOVE the "shotgun" starter holes at 1 and 10 that launch out from the clubhouse over the ravine. The front has a few really fun holes, like the Par 5 fifth hole with the Giant footprint bunker. The back nine is even better with what I consider to be "Minnesota's Best Golf Hole" at the Par 3 17th. I could stand on that tee box forever. I don't know why Legend doesn't get the love that Quarry gets. I absolutely love it.

Jeff Brauer is extremely underrated as an architect and has built four stellar courses in Northern Minnesota that are each "must plays" for their own reasons. I consider Wilderness his best, but insist everyone should play all four.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Previously Played

Good course unfriendly staff

I came to this course to play golf with my buddies, I and while the course and the pace of play where amazing, the staff is very rude and ignorant almost seeming like they were above Everybody.

Would highly recommend if you like a good golf course but if you like nice staff look somewhere else.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 54
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

My favorite Minnesota course

This course is wonderful. It was in perfect condition and the greens were rolling fast at 8AM. The staff was friendly, they accommodated our request of playing as a twosome. The driving range was missing balls but they arrived within 15 minutes of us stepping up. The tee boxes were incredible, perfect views and almost every hole was worthy of some extra time to look around. We played both the Legend and the Quarry, and I liked the Legend more. I loved the layout, although I was swinging driver, wedge on almost every hole. Not a lot of shot variety.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Nice Course

Played 36 holes here and course was in great shape but was not a big fan of the layout. Seemed like I hit the same club into almost every Par 4. If you look at the scorecard you realize that most the par 4's are around the same distance. I do not think it should be the same price as the quarry however. Only reason I would return to this course is if the green fees dropped a lot or if the quarry and wilderness was all booked up and I was in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Beautiful

This course is what the MInnesota golf experience is all about. If you're from out of state, make you're way up north and check it out. The staff was kind but seemed very quiet on the day we were there. Not the outgoing friendliness that you see at some other spendy resorts. Great range, carts, grounds. The course is absolutely beautiful. Bring your camera....smartphone pics aren't good enough! Drink cart girls were really nice also! Great layout through the woods, lots of elevation changes and rock outcroppings. A real gem. On the 13th hole, let er rip and go for the green for a chance at eagle! Large greens all around makes you feel like you have a chance for a low score.....a chance. The only negative about our round was a few spots on the back 9 felt like the fairway was thinned out and you were hitting of soft mud. It really defeated the purpose of putting it in the fairway! Other than that, we all loved it!
Oh and do yourself a favor, after your round, have some drinks on the back patio and relax taking in the beauty of the lake! It was a perfect ending to a fun round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course!

The course was in absolute immaculate condition as it always is!! Congrats to the team that the superintendent has, because they are doing a wonderful job! Also, got my first hole in one on 17!! It was a superb evening thanks to Giants Ridge! Can't wait to get more golf in at both courses. Thanks!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/26/2017

Quite the hole to get your first hole in one. Awesome.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

Always amazing!

This course is rated high in the Golf Digest top 100 for a reason...it IS spectacular!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Featured
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

A Touch of Augusta in Aurora, MN

Between the Legend at Giants Ridge and the Quarry at Giants Ridge, the consensus seems to be the Quarry is the better course. I was fortunate enough over the stretch of three days to play both courses, and let me say how lucky I consider myself to have done so. And let me also say that I actually prefer the Legend. Why?

It's about as close to Augusta as I would imagine Minnesota has to offer. I played late in the day, and as the shadows cast by the tall pines grew long across the perfectly manicured landscape, I couldn't help but feel the similarity between the public Legend and it's private counterpart. The fairways are wide and receptive, but there is plenty of trouble to be found with errant tee and approach shots, mostly in the form of strategically placed bunkers. The water hazards aren't too terribly menacing until you get to the signature par 3 17th, and then good luck hitting that slightly elevated green from 187 yards out from the white tees! It's a forced carry all the way regardless of which tees you're playing from. I was between clubs and wound up in the water, but somehow managed to chip in from the drop zone to save par.

Aside from the condition of the course, highlights for me included the collectible-grade bag tag and divot repair tool, club and ball washers on all carts, a free yardage book (I prefer this to GPS, which neither the Legend nor the Quarry offer), and friendly staff. Checking in was also a breeze with my Golf Now reservation, which was a decent discount over the normal twilight rate (thanks, Golf Now)!

The pace of play here was also significantly better for me than the Quarry, which I docked a rating star for the five hour round. Here, I was done with 18 holes as a single in just over three hours. I was also very appreciative of the starter's efforts to get me out ahead of a few threesomes. Overall, it was a very good customer service experience.

The only reason I can't give the Legend five stars is because they offer no free drinking water on the course. Call me cheap, but I like drinking water to be freely and abundantly available, and don't appreciate having to pay for bottled water if I'm thirsty.

However, I'd be crazy to let this one item deter me from playing here again in the future - water or no water, if I'm back in the area, I will gladly play either (or both) of the Giants resort courses. It's a bucket list type golf experience!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best course you can play in minnesota

Rewards good shots and makes you move the ball both ways. Friendly staff and immaculate course conditions.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Spectacular Scenery, Near Flawless Maintenance, Terrible Pace of Play

I would love to give this course five stars. The scenery, layout and quality of the course maintenance are clearly worth it. It also provides a very fair challenge. If you're hitting the ball well, you can easily score here. The toughest part for me was adjusting to the size of the greens - they are massive! A front pin versus a rear pin in some cases could be a two or maybe even three club difference. In the cases I allowed for one club, I paid the price with putts that went over some very tricky undulations.

Highlights for me included three par 4s - the 9th, 10th, and 13th. On the 9th, the landing area is very wide, but if you put your drive too far to the right as I did, you'll face a blind uphill carry over trees. I somehow managed to get a 6 iron over the top and to within four feet for my round's lone birdie.

On the 10th, you're given the option of a safe drive to the right, which will likely leave a longer approach shot over a large bunker, or carrying your driver over the water, keeping it left of a large tree and to the right of the woods. Again, if you're hitting it well and don't mind short pitch shots, the route to the left is a lot of fun!

The 13th is what I would consider their signature hole - a short par 4 full of elevation changes as well as options (and subsequent hazards) off the tee. I played it safe with a four iron, trying to keep it right of the fairway bunker. Depending on the pin placement and your accuracy the day of your round, you could also go for the fairway left of the bunker, but that provides much less room for error and in my opinion isn't worth the risk. Make sure to hit your approach shot on the same tier as the pin or you'll be faced with a very challenging putt.

A few other bonus items: There is no GPS, but you get a free yardage book. It's a wonderful keepsake, and I like that better than GPS, anyway, because it provides a more authentic challenge. The carts also come equipped with ball and club washers, something I don't see very often. And even their most expensive daily rate during peak tourist season is less than half the price of what other top public courses charge. I found an even better deal on a twilight rate on Golf Now.

So I loved the course, why not five stars? Above all else, the pace of play - a life-sucking five hours. I saw the marshal three times. He's a very nice guy, but evidently not very effective when it comes to enforcing a more enjoyable pace of play. The twosome ahead of me was never allowed to play through, nor was I as a single. I also heard there was a fivesome on the course. Thankfully, I still managed to play well, but the pace was extremely frustrating. There is no excuse in my book for a five-hour round.

On a lesser note, I'm glad I brought my own water as there were no water dispensers anywhere on the course. I guess if you wanted water you needed to purchase it. It surprised me that a course of this caliber wouldn't have drinking water freely and abundantly available to its guests.

Should you take either of the above criticisms as reasons not to play this course? Absolutely not. If you are in this area and love golf, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value. It's the number one public course in the state of Minnesota for a reason. I plan to play it again some day!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

an experience not to miss

the Quarry is more challenging, even though the slope rating for the whites is higher at the Legends.
Both courses in excellent condition and some of the
most picturesque I have played

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Great course with great staff

The Legends course we'll worth the drive. Beautiful course with great conditions with bent grass from tee to green.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome

Absolutely perfect day, staff was completely accommodating. Course was in amazing shape for being so late in the year and so far north (flurries in the AM before going out). Saved The Quarry as a carrot to make me make the drive back. But if the Legend were the only course I would still be back in a heartbeat.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Wonderfull Time!!!!!

What a great experience, I would play here everyday if I could. Don't miss out on this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great Day

Nice course, more challenging than the legends but I would definitely play this course again. We did have a late tee time at 4:20 and started on time but by the 3rd hole we had to wait at every tee box and did not know if we were going to finish or not. Pace of play could have been better.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Best I have played

My family enjoyed an ideal day at the quarry. Beautiful setting, perfectly maintained, great layout and freindly staff. This place is a gem. I have played all over the state and many states accross the country and couldn't think of a better place I have ever played!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Legends at Giants Ridge

I play a lot of very good public courses and The Legends was a wonderful experience. Evererything about the round was fantastic!!! Great course, beautiful property. Great greens, friendly staff. Anyone would love this course!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Best public golf course in the state!

What a gem! The course was absolutely pristine. A very challenging layout that will have you forgetting about errant shots because of all of the natural beauty of the golf course. What a property!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

This course is scenic and fun

We played the Quarry. It is fun to play because it challenges you. The landing area for your drive is usually open, but then you have to decide and think what will get you home.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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