Claire’s Course has officially opened at Silvies Valley Ranch in Seneca, Oregon..
Touted as the first 18-hole reversible putting course in the world (designed by Dan Hixson), the course is free for all guests at Silvies. Guests can become one of “Claire’s Champions” by playing the entire course – all 36 holes – in one session. If they succeed, they’ll be rewarded with a Claire’s Course ball marker and will get to sign the Book of Champions with their score.
Guests looking for a bigger challenge can become one of “Claire’s Grand Champions” by playing each course on par (72) in one session. Circling the lower half of Otter Lake, Claire’s Course has water hazards on every hole.
Named after Claire Owens, legend has it that she was the first woman to play golf in Silvies Valley (on Myles McVeigh’s course about a half-mile west from the ranch). She was also a member of the Silvies School Board (and supposedly coached the Silvies Golf Team). Silvies refers to the course going west as Claire’s Course Orange and going east as Claire’s Course Black. Claire and Charlie Owens’ homestead is located about a mile south of Silvies Valley Ranch, where their cabin still remains.
Photo Courtesy of Silvies Valley Ranch