Par-3 15th on Hankins Course selected as one of the ‘Great Holes of the Northwest’
In the June 2021 issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the par-3 15th hole on the Hankins Course at Silvies Valley Ranch in Seneca, Ore. is recognized as one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest,” one of just four holes selected each year by the Northwest’s largest and longest-running direct-mailed golf publication.
On this short par-3, the tee box is elevated, and there is a gaping ravine between it and the green. The putting surface is large, but slopes heavily from right to left and back to front, so the landing areas are small. There are bunkers short and right, and all along the back. Anything above the hole is begging for a three-putt. There will be wind, but the air is dry and thin, and the ball will fly.
Founded in 1883, Silvies Valley Ranch is an ecologically sustainable Western livestock ranch situated on 140,000 acres in Eastern Oregon. Its Retreat and Links is a 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. The ranch also provides four golf courses – the Hankins and Craddock courses, with both 18-hole championship courses being reversible, and opened in 2017; McVeigh’s Gauntlet, a 7-hole ridge course; and Chief Egan, a 9-hole par-3 course. All courses were designed by Northwest native Dan Hixson. Visit www.silvies.us for more information.
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