The mountain meadow course on the Paiute Creek is a Dan Hixson-designed 9-hole par-3 layout, with water on every hole.
Named for Chief Egan, the last War Chief of the Paiute Tribe who engaged the U.S. Calvary in 1882. This location on Paiute Creek is the closest place to Egan’s last camp during the conflict. Most agree that he and the Calvary would have been better off here, sipping a Silvies Valley Horseshoe Nail and making friends of adversaries, as we invite you to do today.
In alignment with our environmental sustainability ethic, the Chief Egan course is completely off the electrical grid, powered by roof-mounted solar panels; water is gravity-fed from Paiute Spring, about a mile northwest of the course. Please enjoy what Chief Egan and the U.S. Calvary were never able to.
Par 4 • 415 • 370 • 335
The opening hole on the Hankins welcomes you with a chance to swing away at the first shot of the round. The drive plays downhill into a huge fairway (235 yards wide at the peak). There are four bunkers to avoid and plenty of undulating ground to make a second shot anything but simple. This is one of the nine double greens at Silvies, and will be played as the 17th on the Craddock.
As you play down the fairway, look to the right to see the 18th of the Craddock and the left to see the 17th.
Par 3 • 150 • 150 • 105
A relatively short hole plays uphill through the sage to a large flowing green. A good target off the tee is short of the large centerline bunker. This lines you up to play straight into the narrow green that opens and widens toward the back.
Avoid long and left on your approach shot as the green falls off severely in this area.
Par 5 • 590 • 470 • 380
The back tees on this hole are in the fairway to the left of the 2nd green. The back tee shot requires a drive over a native stretch of grass to the fairway that enters another section of the main valley. The other tees are around the corner of the small butte, giving this hole two very different tee shots, especially visually.
The shorter left fairway bunker becomes a left greenside bunker when playing the Craddock course.
This hole is very wide in the middle and slowly narrows as you get closer to the green. The large bunkers on the right as you approach the green are best avoided.
Par 4 • 370 • 325 • 305
For long hitters in the right conditions, this hole could be drivable. Most, however, will have to play their second shots into a very undulating, large green complex.
When you are coming down from the tees it is a good idea to look at the reverse of this hole coming up the slope towards the tee. Actually that is good advice on nearly every hole each day. This book will hopefully make some of your decisions easier, but nothing like seeing with your own eyes what lies ahead for your next round.
Par 5 • 550 • 490 • 420
This is the first of the many transition holes when you play from one eco-environment to the next. This hole leaves the former grassy meadow valley of Aspens and Willows and follows the wildlife path as it enters a smaller valley just on the edge of the forest. The meandering swales cutting across the fairway right to left were unchanged as the years of spring run-off had formed the perfect drainage paths for water.
Like the 3rd hole, the 5th narrows closer to the green, with the green just past the narrow pinch point of the valley opening. It is a slightly easier shot into the green coming from the left side because the right greenside bunker is one of the deeper ones on the course and you can see the green from the higher ground.
Par 4 • 465 • 425 • 365
The long uphill par 4 often plays into the wind. The good news is that the next day this is a par 5 (13 Craddock) that can play shorter than the 6th even though it is nearly 100 yards longer. It’s like riding your bike uphill; eventually you get to coast back down.
Why are there trees in the fairway? It is actually the other way around. Here we moved the fairway out into the trees to allow far more creative options if you hit into them and to keep your fairways-hit-in-regulation percentage high…for those that track that type of thing.
Par 3 • 200 • 175 • 125
This hole was laid out mentally on Dan Hixson's first walks of the site. If you followed the progress of Silvies Valley Ranch throughout the years, pictures of this hole were always included in annual updates. The downhill slope before the green give the shotmakers lots of options to play.
This tee complex is also used for the 13th hole on the Craddock course, played down the fairway on the left. This is the highest point of the course at 4,887 above sea level.
Par 4 • 410 • 385 • 320
The term “Risk-Reward” gets used a lot in describing golf course architecture. The 8th hole for some truly lives up to that term. The large drop-off tee shot plays from the forest area down into another portion of the lower meadow. It gives the golfer two distinct options to play the hole.
Hitting a long tee shot over the forest on the right can make it to the green for an eagle try. But if you don’t make it, good luck. Playing safe down the main fairway gives a straight second shot to the green with a bit of an obstructed view.
The large horseshoe bunker left of the green here catches anything pulled or hooked. This bunker will have a considerably different effect playing the 9th of the Craddock course, in either case; it is best to be avoided.
Par 4 • 500 • 405 • 360
The 9th hole plays straight down the meadow valley with the green sitting near a constructed wetland in the area that used to be the McVeigh Homestead. The original barn can be seen across the wetlands from this green.
The wetlands were created by using the old McVeigh wells, which were hand dug (think lowering a bucket down with a rope) nearly a century ago. This is the longest par 4 at Silvies from the back tees at 500 yards. Although it is hard to tell, this hole drops nearly 40 feet in elevation from the back to the green.