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Spring 2017

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I n the world of golf destinations, there are some places you may not have considered in the past that have emerged as must see locations. With that said, the Home of Golf will never change its address. Here we take a look at two locales that represent a whole new world of golf travel, as well as a destination that's on every golfer's bucket list. Silvies Valley Ranch: Endless Options in Oregon 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. 50 SPRING 2017 | WWW.NCGA.ORG S ilvies Valley Ranch The rooms at Silvies Valley Ranch Retreat Sand Valley Golf Resort TRAVEL OREGON/OREGON TOURISM COMMISSION

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