The championship, which is conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA), consists of the top amateur male golfers in the Pacific Northwest over the age of 40.
This year's championship begins on Tuesday, June 26 with an 18-hole stroke-play qualifying round, held on Silvies' Hankins Course, to determine match-play seeding. The top 32 competitors will be seeded and compete in the championship flight for single-elimination match play.
The Round of 32 and Round of 16 in the championship flight will take place on Wednesday, June 27, and held on Silvies' Craddock Course. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be played on Thursday, also held on the Craddock Course; followed by the final match of 18 holes on Friday, June 29, which will be held on the Hankins Course. All matches are played at scratch.
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The two courses – Hankins and Craddock – at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch were designed by Dan Hixson, a native of Portland, Ore. who has designed other top Northwest courses. The uniqueness of the Hankins and Craddock courses is that they are reversible – among the 36 holes, there are just 27 greens and 16 fairways.
Silvies Valley Ranch is a 140,000-acre working cattle ranch. Dr. Scott Campbell, a native of nearby Burns, Ore. who made his mark as a veterinarian and CEO and former owner of Banfield Pet Hospital, purchased the property in 2007, and has performed extensive renovations to it, with the Retreat & Links now being the most public. Along with the two full-length golf courses, there is 9-hole par-3 course called Chief Egan, and a 7-hole extreme golf experience called McVeigh's Gauntlet, which will open in July 2018 and come complete with goat caddies.
The ranch also has onsite lodging, a main lodge with dining options, and a conference center. A spa will open in August of this year.
The Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur is one of 15 major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors conducted annually by the PNGA throughout the Northwest.