McVeigh's Gauntlet Course

Course Overview

This stunning 7-hole course is meant to be a fun, care-free course to help players settle bets and test their accuracy on a series of undulating par 3’s and par 4’s. Carved into a razor back and challenging in design, golfers will marvel at the views while exploring the course and its Western appeal.

McVeigh’s Gauntlet is named for Myles McVeigh, an early pioneer who homesteaded in the Silvies Valley. A drinking buddy of the Craddock brothers and the Hankins boys, he settled on Paiute Creek and upper Camp Creek. Read more

The rumor is that he brought his “bad habits” with him when he emigrated from Scotland. These may have influenced his naming of Moonshine Spring and his close friendship with neighbor Charlie Owens, who was known for his highly productive rye field. McVeigh was also rumored to play a little golf and supposedly had a small course on Paiute Creek, where the 13th green is today. Course designer, Dan Hixson, found evidence of McVeigh’s course while building the Hankins & Craddock courses.

McVeigh was also a musician and had an organ in his cabin. The locals say that his melodious ballads chased all the rattlesnakes out of Silvies Valley, and the area is still free of them to this day.

Myles McVeigh was best known for throwing down the “gauntlet” with his friends in the valley, taking on all challengers, at least when it came to shots of rye, or just good fun. Please play in that tradition! Show less

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McVeigh's Hole #1

Par 3 • 145 yards

The first hole sets the tone for the course with the uphill 145 yarder to a green surrounded by slopes and sage brush. It is steeper than it looks, with most of the rise coming in the last 50 yards.

If you have made it this far, keep going, the fun holes are ahead. If you feel it is time to quit: it is only 1,643 feet back to Egan’s Hideout which is almost exactly the same distance to the refreshments cooler after the third hole.

McVeigh's Hole #1

Par 3 • 145 yards

The first hole sets the tone for the course with the uphill 145 yarder to a green surrounded by slopes and sage brush. It is steeper than it looks, with most of the rise coming in the last 50 yards.

If you have made it this far, keep going, the fun holes are ahead. If you feel it is time to quit: it is only 1,643 feet back to Egan’s Hideout which is almost exactly the same distance to the refreshments cooler after the third hole.

McVeigh's Hole #2

Par 3 • 140 yards

Do not let the 72’ deep desert valley below the tee distract you from the task at hand. This green and surrounds are a little smaller here than the first hole, but is downhill after all. When you have finished this hole, it is a good time to do some math on if you have brought enough balls to get around.

McVeigh's Hole #3

Par 4 • 215 yards

The first par 4 gives you a couple choices, “go for the green” or “divide by two”. The green sits hidden behind trees 215 yards and 50’ up the hill, and is very small. If you miss the green it will most likely be in the sage, if you can find it at all. You can go the more conservative way by playing to the fairway and then the green, essentially dividing the hole by two equal shots.

McVeigh's Hole #4

Par 3 • 90 yards

This hole plays to the highest point of the McVeigh course, and definitely the best view with Camp Creek Valley to the South, the Malheur National Forest to the west and the main courses to the north with the Strawberry Mountains peaking farther north. After playing the toughest stretch of holes, and working your way to this point, its all downhill from here.

McVeigh's Hole #5

Par 3 • 95 yards

This 95 yard drop-off hole is the most beautiful on the course. But like the rest of McViegh’s, lost balls are just a slight miss-away. A nice smooth wedge and a couple putts, no problem. Don’t forget to adjust for the 39 feet of elevation drop.

McVeigh's Hole #6

Par 4 • 275 yards

If you have already played the Hankins or Craddock courses you realize a common theme of Silvies Valley is very wide fairways. No so much here. At McVeigh’s you to earn your score; good or bad. Similar to the third hole, you have an option to play this hole with varying degrees of risk. Play to the halfway point, short of the big tree, or go for it. Let me ask you this, did you travel all this way, and hike up and down these rugged hills with a goat to play it safe?

McVeigh's Hole #7

Par 3 • 175 yards

This is by far the easiest hole on McVeigh’s…easiest to hit it in a bunker that is. This is by far the biggest green on McVeigh’s, but it is also the most devilish. If you make a par on 7 you deserve a pat on the back.

McVeighs features caddies who really know the course and won't give you bad advice

Led by Caddie Master, Bruce LeGoat, and his friends and family, Mike LeChevon, Peanut LeGoat and Roundabout LaDoe, the team will be ready and waiting to join you on the course. Outfitted with a custom, Seamus Golf-designed pack, the goats can carry up to six clubs, a dozen golf balls, tees, six cans of refreshments for their customers, as well as a few dozen peanuts - they don’t work for free!

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