Last Update :5/28/2012
Double the fun: Brauer's courses claim top two spots in Minnesota ranking
The remote northeastern corner of Minnesota is the home of two of the state’s top golf courses, both designed by GolfScapes, Inc. and its principal, Jeffrey D. Brauer, the former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay GC in Tower garnered the No. 1 spot in Golfweek magazine’s most recent listing of the Best Golf Courses in Minnesota, which was released in the spring of 2012. Following closely on its heels was another Brauer creation, the Quarry course at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, one of two Brauer-designed tracks at the acclaimed resort some 50 miles west of Lake Superior.
The Wilderness GC, set atop high granite ridges just hours north of the Twin Cities, offers spectacular panoramic views of the shores of Lake Vermilion. Wrapped around picturesque Minnesota woodlands, which include majestic white and red pines, thick evergreens and dramatic rock outcroppings, the challenging course is as visually stimulating as it is enjoyable to play. It has been ranked as one of the Best Casino courses in the US as well as one of the Best Resort courses by Golfweek, and is ranked among the listing of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest.
The Quarry at Giants Ridge has a style all its own, with dramatically raised tees, and deep hazards forged from minelands, wetlands, forests and a former sand quarry. All those aspects challenge players to dig deeper, see farther and risk more. The track, which was sculpted in equal parts from the north woods and reclaimed minelands, has been hailed as "the Best Golf of the 21st Century," and “hands down the finest (golf) course in Minnesota” by Golf Digest magazine.
The number of courses on Golfweek’s latest ranking varies per state based on course supply, population and level of play. The ranking includes daily-fee layouts and courses accessible via resorts.
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