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OFFBEAT: Oregon Course To Offer Goats As Caddies

McVeigh's Gauntlet goat
Goats will soon be serving as caddies at McVeigh's Gauntlet, a seven-hole course at Silvies Valley Ranch.

They may not be able to read a green or tell you which club to hit, but they promise to be the most unique caddie you’ve ever had.

The Retreat and Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in Oregon will start using goats to act as caddies on their seven-hole course, McVeigh’s Gauntlet, this summer. The “professionally-trained” goats were all born and raised on the ranch and will carry packs designed to hold tees, golf balls, drinks and clubs as they accompany golfers around the course.

“Can you think of another course where its caddies were literally born, raised and fully educated on-property?” ranch owner Dr. Scott Campbell asked in a press release. “We will get you a caddie who really knows the course and won’t give you any bad advice – and they work for peanuts!”

Campbell says that the head caddie, Bruce LeGoat, is a part of an “unprecedented caddie program” that will surely impress guests. Unprecedented may be an understatement.  

McVeigh’s Gauntlet is one of several golf courses at Silvies Valley Ranch.

The resort also offers two reversible 18-hole courses — the Craddock Course and the Hankins Course — designed by Dan Hixson. The course directions are reversed each day to create different layouts. Also available is the Chief Egan Course, nine-hole, par-3 layout.

Silvies Valley Ranch
The McVeigh’s Gauntlet Course at Silvies Valley Ranch is one of four golf courses at the Oregon resort. (Photo by Silvies Valley Ranch)



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