Golfing with Goats

Photo Courtesy of Silvies Valley Ranch

When it comes to golf caddies, the newest four at Silvies Valley Ranch are some of the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time). Four goats have taken to the profession at the sustainable Western livestock ranch and eco resort in Silvies Valley, Oregon, after a fun training program that lasted three months.

The caddies, Steve Williams, Mike “Fluff” Cowan, Jim “Bones” Mackay and James “Tip” Anderson were selected for their friendliness, strength and positive attitudes. They can each carry six clubs, a dozen golf balls, extra tees and most importantly six cans of refreshment, all at once. These caddies work for peanuts, three to four days per week.

The goat caddie program debuts alongside McVeigh’s Gauntlet, the ranch’s new 7-hole challenge course designed to test accuracy on par-3s and -4s. The Gauntlet is the ranch’s fourth golf course. The program kicks off this year for the golf season, July through October, and will continue for years to come.

To learn more about Silvies Ranch and the goat caddies, visit Silvies is in Eastern Oregon, south of John Day; for information about traveling in this part of Eastern Oregon, visit the Grant County Chamber of Commerce website at