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BCG Named Recreational Management Partner for Giants Ridge

Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the highly respected and innovative manager of golf courses, country clubs and resorts – has been selected by Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB), with partner Guest Service, Inc., to manage golf operations and recreational offerings for Giants Ridge in Biwabik, MN. 

BCG was chosen as a strategic management partner – to oversee golf operations at the Giants Ridge four-season resort – following an 18-month study to evaluate ways the property could achieve greater success. The State of Minnesota and IRRRB approved the contract for BCG to begin management on April 30.

BCG will guide golf course maintenance, marketing, sales, staffing and training, merchandising, food and beverage, golf instruction and financial management for Giants Ridge’s two courses: The Legend and The Quarry. Operations will be locally-managed by a professional golf and agronomic team, and supported by both a regional and national team that provide expert guidance and direction in all facets of the business. 

“Giants Ridge has long been considered one of Minnesota’s top golf destinations,” said Mark Phillips, IRRRB Commissioner. “Billy Casper Golf’s expertise in guest and employee services, recreational programs, and golf course conditioning will enable us to offer a golf experience that is second to none.”

“The two courses at Giants Ridge are a beloved attraction in the Biwabik community,” said Alex Elmore, BCG President. “We look forward to ensuring that the community and its visitors experience a best-in-class golf offering.”  

Named one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest for 2016 by Golf Digest, Giants Ridge features two championship layouts. The Legend is carved out of the Superior National Forest and offers breathtaking views. The Quarry is a re-purposed industrial site that pays tribute to the region’s rich mining history. Both highly acclaimed, each course has its own unique layout and character. 

About Giants Ridge

Set in the rugged beauty of Minnesota’s Northwoods, Giants Ridge, located in Biwabik, Minn., is a four-season, family-oriented resort. It is one of the single largest employers in the eastern region of the Iron Range and has a tremendous impact on the local economy. Giants Ridge has grown from a local ski hill attracting day visitors within a 50-mile radius, to a four-season recreation destination attracting 100,000 guests each year from Minnesota, the United States and Canada. 

Giants Ridge features two nationally-recognized 18-hole championship caliber golf courses and a ski resort ranked number one in Minnesota. The Legend at Giants Ridge and The Quarry at Giants Ridge are ranked among Minnesota's best golf courses. For skiers, Giants Ridge boasts 35 downhill runs, more than 60 km of cross country ski trails and one of Minnesota’s hottest terrain parks as well as a snow tubing park. The resort also offers miles of year-round recreation trails, lake access, unbeatable lodging accommodations, dining, shopping and much more. It is an easy one-hour drive from Duluth and three hours from the Twin Cities. 

More information: www.giantsridge.com, 800.688.7669

About Billy Casper Golf

Billy Casper Golf is one of the largest privately owned golf course management companies in the U.S., with nearly 150 properties in 29 states.  Headquartered in Reston, Va. – with regional offices across America – BCG has more than 25 years of results-driven expertise.  The company specializes in full-service course management as well as assistance in specific segments of the golf business, including course and property maintenance, staffing and training, career growth, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

BCG continues to evolve the golf experience through customized solutions and innovative programs like the annual World’s Largest Golf Outing – a national golf fundraiser conceived by BCG Chairman and CEO Peter Hill.  The company recently launched its newest management solution, Billy Casper Signature, as a boutique division focused on country club, resort and private club management.