GOLF DIGEST: THIS REMOTE OREGON GOLF COURSE WILL FASCINATE YOU (PSST...AND NO, IT'S NOT BANDON DUNES)
November  13, 2017
SILVIES ­— Oregon’s well-earned status in the new century as a golf mecca should be enhanced by its latest golf resort, which debuted in July and re-opens for play in May 2018 in the state’s vast desert interior. Silvies Valley Ranch Retreat and Links ain’t no links, but it definitely lives up to the retreat part of its name.

It’s a five-hour drive southeast from Portland, three hours due west from Boise. The ride is spectacularly scenic, with so much desiccated geological splendor outside your window that you can’t help but slow down to regard with awe the cathedrals of stone and the painted hills. The reward at the end of the trek includes silence so deep you can hear your heart beat, a golf course by Bandon Crossings architect Dan Hixson, and an audience with Dr. Scott Campbell, the founder of Silvies Valley Ranch, who is either a visionary or way ahead of his time.

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RONBWRITER.COM: SILVIES VALLEY RANCH: DAN HIXSON'S COURSES IN ISOLATION
October 10, 2017

SILVIES ­— In the eastern half of Oregon, on a straight as-the-crow-flies line from Eugene, is Silvies Valley Ranch. It covers 140,000 acres, which can be a hard concept to grasp; maybe easier to visualize is the fact that the ranch is 25 miles long, on Route 395 between John Day and Burns, and as much as 16 miles wide.

Certified organic cattle, about 4,500 head, graze on the ranch, eating nothing but grass until the snow covers the ground, and then hay.

American Range goats, now numbering about 1,700, prosper there, under the watchful eye of Peruvian herders and Australian sheep dogs and white-furred Great Pyrenees to ward off the coyotes.

This vast landscape in Oregon’s high desert, 4,600 feet above sea level, covers pastures and meadows and stretches of sagebrush and forests of Ponderosa pine. In a single day, you can see a herd of elk stampeding, and pronghorn antelope and deer, and there are black bears and cougars, too, on the ranch and bordering U.S. Forest Service land.
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GOLF ADVISOR: COWBOY WAY - THE RETREAT & LINKS AT SILVIES VALLEY RANCH DEBUTS ITS REVERSIBLE COURSES IN EASTERN OREGON
August 8, 2017

BURNS, Ore. – Every golf friend of Dr. Scott Campbell who has visited his Silvies Valley Ranch has told him the same thing.

This would be a great place for a golf course.

Bucolic meadows of prairie grasses and sagebrush and hillsides blanketed in ponderosa pines extend for miles in every direction on the working cattle and goat ranch in remote eastern Oregon. Campbell bought roughly 140,000 acres in 2007 after cashing in his stock of the Banfield Pet Hospital, where, as company CEO, he oversaw growth to more than 700 clinics in several countries. 
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COLORADO AVID GOLFER: REVERSIBLE COURSES OPEN AT OREGON'S SILVIES VALLEY RANCH
July 25, 2017

Course architect Dan Hixson stands on the 16th tee of the Craddock Course at Silvies Valley Ranch in eastern Oregon, and asks the group he’s playing with how many double greens there are on the property. Each of us thinks back to our two rounds here—one on the Craddock, the other on the Hankins—and throws out some speculative numbers. “Er, seven,” one brave soul ventures. “No, eight…nine?

“Well,” says Hixson. “There’s four and 14, five and 13, six and 12, seven and…hang on.” He ponders for a second. “You know, I can barely remember myself.”...
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GOLF VACATION INSIDER: 16 GOLF COURSES TO PLAY DURING THIS SUMMER'S SOLAR ECLIPSE
June 27, 2017

This brand-new resort in remote east-central Oregon has a fascinating, reversible Dan Hixson-designed golf course, and is actually offering a golf package centered around the eclipse. The “Total Eclipse of the Sun” package includes three nights’ accommodations, two rounds of golf (one in each direction the course can play), transportation to and from the path of totality (the resort is just a couple miles south of the actual path), and a resort activity, with choices including shooting, fishing, goat herding, cattle driving and others. The package starts at $1,800, based on single occupancy... CONTINUE

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FORBES MAGAZINE: THIS WEEK IN GOLF BIZ
June 24, 2017

The U.S. will have the chance to experience the first total eclipse of the sun in 26 years on
Aug. 21. Silvies Valley Ranch in Oregon will have an unparalleled view of one of nature's most extraordinary sights and is offering an uninterrupted viewing experience as part of its Total Eclipse of the Sun package. A package for the three-day stay at the frontier boutique resort, which merges luxury with an authentic Western ... CONTINUE

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EUGENE REGISTER GUARD: GOLF RESORT SPROUTS ON HISTORIC RANCH
June 24, 2017
Golf architect Dan Hixson, who grew up in Lane County, has designed a remarkable golf property in Central Oregon that is scheduled to open in July. The new golf complex at Silvies Valley Ranch will consist of two 18-hole courses that are reversible on a daily basis, a nine-hole course and a seven-hole course at the full-service resort. After working on smaller redesign projects, Hixson’s first major foray into golf course design was Bandon Crossings, south of Bandon, that opened in 2007 and he also designed the acclaimed Wine Valley Golf Club at Walla Walla that opened in 2009. CONTINUE
 
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NGCA MAGAZINE SPRING 2017: ENDLESS OPTIONS IN OREGON
June 24, 2017
Brand new for summer 2017 is an intriguing property in eastern Oregon. Silvies Valley Ranch is a working cattle and goat ranch – known for producing some of the world’s finest organic beef – on the leading edge of sustainable agricultural practices. Beginning in July, however, the property will become known as one of the top new golf destinations in the country. The Retreat at Silvies Valley Ranch will feature an 18-hole “reversible” layout that plays like two different courses day to day. Architect Dan Hixon built extra greens and multiple tee boxes to make two routings – known as the Hankins and Craddock courses – on the same piece of land. In addition, there are two additional courses on tap: McVeigh’s Gauntlet, an 8-hole course atop a razorback ridge, and Chief Egan, a 9-hole par-3 course situated in a mountain meadow. The Retreat will open with a 34-room lodge for
travelers this summer and more lodging will be ready for the 2018 season. If you want a dash of the old Wild West mixed into your golf getaway this is the place for you, partner.
 
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GOLF, INC. : OREGON RANCH TO UNVEIL 2 REVERSIBLE 18 COURSES
Spring 2017

Silvies Valley Ranch, an operating cattle ranch and resort located in Silvies, Oregon, will open two 18-hole reversible golf course in July. A local family, the Campbells, are behind The Retreat at Silvies Valley Ranch, which will bring the Western mystique of the region to an intimate scale, full-service resort complete with lodging, multiple dining options, exclusive outdoor experiences, a spa, and a private airstrip for guests looking to fly directly onto the property. CONTINUE