Reversible course set to open in Oregon this summer

Reversible course set to open in Oregon this summer
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

A reversible golf course designed by golf course architect Dan Hixson is set to open for play this summer in the US state of Oregon.

Located in the state’s central region, the course will form part of the Silvies Valley Ranch – a retreat and spa set to open along with the golf course in July 2017.

The course is heavy in bunkering but feature very few water hazards. Once open, the direction of the course will be reversed each day, helping to enable a variety of pin placements and tee box options for players.

The new layouts will be named the Hankins course and Craddock course after pioneer families who homesteaded at the site.

As well as the reversible course, two shorter courses are also being created at the ranch’s retreat facility. The eight hole McVeigh’s Gauntlet course will open in late 2017, and features a number of undulating par three and par four holes. The nine hole, par three Chief Egan course plays around the Paiute Creek, with water featuring on every hole.

The new course adds to Hixson’s portfolio of designs in the northwestern US, with the Portland-based article having previously drawn up the layouts for Bandon Crossings in Bandon, Oregon, and Wine Valley in Walla Walla, Washington.

“It has been an honour and a huge responsibility to work on such a great piece of land, and become part of the Ranch team,” said Hixson. “Our goal was to create the most unique golf design in the world, providing dozens of golf rounds that are fun, challenging and picturesque. We were inspired by the purity of Scottish links, allowing for true personal connections as you play, and I think we achieved that. I am incredibly happy with the outcome of all our hard work and truly hope everyone who plays here has an unforgettable golf experience.”

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