By Rylan Boggs
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Retreat at Silvies Valley Ranch hopes to attract international guests and provide a variety of jobs to locals.
The retreat plans to open in July and will emphasize natural beauty and the Western tradition of the area, according to a Silvies Valley press release.
The boutique resort is being developed in partnership with the Campbell family, who have lived in the area since the 1800s.
“Our family has had the opportunity to relish in the breathtaking vistas, abundance of wildlife and natural beauty of this region for generations, and we are eager to share our experience with the rest of the world,” Dr. Scott Campbell said. “Our hope is that guests from across the globe will be drawn to the property through golf and outdoor activities, fostering a connection with the natural beauty of the landscape; a place that we have had the privilege to call home for so many years and helping to recover the local economy.”
The ranch will continue to raise goats and cattle in conjunction with guest services.
Visitors can experience activities like shooting, rounding up cattle, fishing, exploring, wagon rides, Indian cave tours and Western gourmet dining.
The 140,000-acre ranch will add a 34-person ranch house, 40-person conference center, a fitness center, a carriage house, pistol and rifle ranges and hiking and biking trails.
Developers are placing an emphasis on making the facility self-sustaining. The clubhouse will rely on solar power, and swallows and bats will be used for mosquito control instead of insecticides. Native plants will be used on the property, and gravity-powered well irrigation will cover 60 percent of the property.
The ranch hopes to offer as many as 55 jobs ranging from $12 to $60 an hour, many of which will be available to locals, according to Vice President for Livestock and Guest Services Colby Marshall. This number could almost double by 2019 if all goes as planned.
An influx of tourists would also create opportunities for local craftsmen, contractors and entrepreneurs, Marshall said.
The property also plans to provide dozens of scholarships to local college-bound students.
Guests and locals will be able to use two reversible 18-hole courses, an eight-hole ridge course and a mountain meadow nine-hole par 3 course golf courses. Locals may be able to access the courses at a discounted rate, according to Marshall.
Northwest golf architect Dan Hixson, known for the Bandon Crossings course in Bandon, designed the courses to cater to a variety of skill levels and feature a multitude of bunkers, but no water hazards.
“Our goal was to create the most unique golf design in the world, providing dozens of golf rounds that are fun, challenging and picturesque,” Hixson said. “We were inspired by the purity of Scottish links, allowing for true personal connections as you play, and I think we achieved that.”