Steve Pike Anywhere: Silvies Valley Ranch

The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch is the boutique 34-room eco-resort, complete with luxurious accommodations, fine dining, an executive conference center and full-service spa on the northwest corner of the ranch also offering a golf experience for players of every skill level, with 4 golf courses – the Hankins and Craddock Courses, both 18 hole championship couses as well as McVeigh’s Gauntlet, a stunning 7-hole ridge course, and Chief Egan, a mountain meadow 9-hole par 3 course.

SENECA, Oregon – Silvies Valley Ranch, a 140,000 acre eco-resort here in Central Oregon that has four stand-alone golf experiences will open for its second full golf season on May 1. The Links at Silvies Valley Ranch intertwines amazing golf opportunities with the natural vegetation and expansive views of Frontier Oregon.

The resort’s 18-hole designs, Craddock and Hankins each have matured over the past year and are in prime condition to host avid and novice golfers alike. New this year, the Silvies Valley Ranch goat caddies will be available to assist players on each short course at the property – McVeigh’s Gauntlet, the seven-hole challenge course, and Chief Egan, the nine-hole par-3 course.

“The four courses at Silvies are shaping up nicely for our second full season of golf,” said Sean Hoolehan, golf course superintendent. “I’m grateful to work with an owner who respects the land and provides the opportunity to care for these award-winning courses in an ecological and sustainable way. We’re looking forward to welcoming players from across the country to Silvies Valley Ranch this season.”

Silvies Valley Ranch has a host of golf packages for the 2019 season that offer a variety of ranch experiences to complement the golf getaway experience at Silvies Valley Ranch.

The Retreat Links & Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch was named 2018’S Best New Golf Experience by GOLF Magazine because of the World Famous Goat Caddies.

Silvies Valley Ranch opened to guests in May 2018 – its first full season of operation and has made its mark as a new frontier for travel and golf in a largely unexplored area of the Pacific Northwest. With Western-inspired accommodations, fine dining options from an award-winning chef, an extensive Scotch collection, and one of the largest spas in Oregon, the boutique eco-resort is a must-see destination for families, couples, buddy trips, corporate groups and visitors across the globe.

Located in Silvies, Ore., the resort is home to mountain meadows, Ponderosa Pine forest, the Silvies River, and 12 other named creeks and drainages.

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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