It wasn’t until The President’s Cup was played for a 2nd time at Giants Ridge in 2006 that we had the pleasure of taking on The Quarry. It wasn’t open in 2002, but from the road you could tell it was going to be something special. Heck it is the 25 ranked public golf course in the country.
We will be playing The Quarry on Friday from the blue tees. A par 72 measuring 6,696 yards with a rating of 73.1 and a slope of 132.
The Quarry opens with 4 really good holes. Number 1 is pretty wide open off the tee and if you hit it in the right spot you can really shorten the hole. However, the green is large and falls off in the back and is protected in the front by 2 large bunkers.
The 2nd hole is one of this guys favorite holes in Minnesota, see below. I mean come on look at that thing. You feel like you can crush a drive into the massive fairway and nothing can go wrong. The problem is the 2nd shot is difficult and the green has crazy slope. Oh yeah and it’s 558 yards.
Pretty sure this one went right down the middle.
Number 3 is a tight down hill par 4 and the 4th hole is just a monster par 3 (228 yards) that will require the best shot you hit with that club all day to get close to the pin on a large green.
Good view from up here. Now move so I can hit!
The 5th hole is your first real chance at getting a birdie. A 485 yard par 5 with an elevated tee. Put your drive in the fairway and you are sitting pretty.
Both 6 and 7 are shorter holes, a 346 par 4 and 175 yard par 3. Hopefully the irons are flying in the directions you want by now. Number 8 is the #1 handicap on the course, a 455 par 4. Hit a good drive or turn it into a par 5. A 5 actually isn’t a bad score here.
The 9th isn’t much of a whole, but you can make it one if you want to (see below). It’s short, so just keep it in the fairway and avoid that kind of madness.
There’s a person up there hitting a golf shot
Somehow he hit a shot out of that thicket
The back 9 is where a lot of fun happens at the Quarry. The 10th hole is pretty simple if you can avoid one of the only 3 water hazards on the course (we’ll come back to this later). Eleven shouldn’t be a difficult hole, but getting a par isn’t very easy. The 12th let’s you get the driver out and go after one, just keep it on the right side if you really get into it.
#13 @ The Quarry
Hopefully you have your driver straightened out when you get to #13. At 296 yards it gives you some things to think about. I believe laying up is the right choice for most of us, we’ll see if anybody listens.
The 14th gives you a chance to recoup a shot with a 499 par 5. The 15th is the strangest, but semi-fun hole on the Giants Ridge property. At 431 yards it’s long, but most if not all the players shouldn’t be hitting driver off the tee. You only want to hit it a max of about 230 and that depends on what side of the fairway you end up. From there you have a 200+ yard shot downhill to a huge green or you can lay up, which many have had to do. Don’t feel ashamed.
Sixteen is a reachable, if you hit your drive on the right side of the fairway, par 5. Seventeen is a medium length par 3 with some water to think about off the tee.
The finishing hole at the Quarry is one of great debate. Some think it’s good, others not so much. It’s long and a big dogleg. You could call it a water hole as the lake is out past the fairway. Several have flirted with the water, although I’m not sure anybody in this group has ever reached it. The key is to stay left off the tee, shorten the hole and get on the large green and finish the round. Easier said than done.
We’ll be playing 2 rounds here Friday, so you can get some redemption if things go poorly in the morning. The afternoon 2-man scramble makes The Quarry very intriguing as there are many ways to play each of these holes. You should now be ready to play the Quarry.