In 2005, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay won America's Best New Upscale Public Course, a year after architect Jeff Brauer won the same award for The Quarry at Giant's Ridge, also in northern Minnesota. Where The Quarry uses slopes and ramps, Wilderness rewards aerial play, with some high-low alternate fairways, lake-edged greens and a pair of drop-shot par 3s. As we wrote back in 2005, "its options outnumber its rock outcroppings, and there are outcroppings galore."
100 Greatest Public: Ranked since 2011.
Highest ranking: No. 40, 2011-'12.
Previous ranking: No. 69.
2023-'24 ranking: No. 67.
Best in State: Ranked eighth, 2011-'12, 2015-'16, 2023-'24. Ranked ninth, 2013-'14, 2017-'18. Ranked 10th since 2019.
2023-'24 ranking: 8th.