The Retreat, Links and Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch

ALSO GOOD FOR

ROOMS
34
Courses
One
Amenities
One rustic-chic restaurant and (by reservation) a chuck wagon / spa / horseback riding / shooting range / goat herding
Golf Top 100 Courses in the World
A view of the golf course at The Retreat, Links and Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch.
Address
10000 Rendezvous Lane, Seneca, OR 97873
Phone
541-573-5150
URL
https://silvies.us/

Travelogue

Don’t call it a dude ranch. It’s a working ranch, where the goats need herding, the horses need feeding and the cattle require someone to round them up. This being frontier Oregon, in the state’s eastern reaches, those duties fall to seasoned ranch hands, who are more than happy to have your help. Expect to get a little dusty if you saddle up for one of the resort’s immersive western-style adventures. Hixson’s ingenious reversible track is an adventure in itself, as are the pair of sweet par-3 tracks. You don’t need caddies on the latter, but you’ll want them, since those caddies are American Range Goats, born and raised on the property. With harnesses strapped across their backs to carry clubs and beer, these four-legged loopers make sure-footed and useful companions. Many of their siblings serve a different purpose at Silvies: In the lodge restaurant, they turn up on the menu.
A view of some of the cabins at The Retreat, Links and Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch.
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A view of the golf course at The Retreat, Links and Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch.
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A view of the golf course at The Retreat, Links and Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch.

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A view of one of the bars at The Retreat, Links and Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch.
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A view of the golf course at The Retreat, Links and Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch.
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6 things you need to know

  • 1. Best time to go:

    Spring and fall: long days, cool nights.
  • 2. Daily stay-and-plays start at:

    $600
  • 3. Golf experience:

    An imaginatively routed and wonderfully scenic 18-hole reversible course, plus 2 par-3 courses staffed by goat caddies.
  • 4. Best non-golf amenity:

    The Rocking Heart Spa, with arresting views across 10 miles of alpine meadows.
  • 5. While you're there:

    Saddle up and set out on a cattle drive, one of several ranch activities the property offers.
  • 6. Insider tip:

    The bar in the main lodge is home to the largest whiskey collection in the region.