Orchard Valley Golf Course

3.6948470588 3.7 stars from 5 (148)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6745 yards
  • Slope: 134
  • Rating: 72.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Indoor practice facilities: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6745 yards 72.4 134
Blue 72 6358 yards 70.6 130
White 72 5861 yards 68.2 124
White (W) 72 5861 yards 73.9 131
Red 72 5162 yards 70.1 108
Red (W) 72 5162 yards 70.0 123

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 148 Reviews
5 stars:
27
4 stars:
57
3 stars:
35
2 stars:
16
1 stars:
13

recommend this course

105 out of 145 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals entertaining clients   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining dinner  

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"Orchard Valley"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Orchard Valley is one of my all time favorite public golf courses. It's a beautiful course, I just love the routing and layout of the holes. It's a bit of a ride to Airora to play the course but I make a point of getting out there several times a year and I'm never disappointed. Highly Recommend!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beat Up"


Jameson12's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You can tell this course gets a ton of play from outings. The fairways are beat in and around approach shot range and the par 3 tee boxes are terrible. Good luck finding a spot with some grass. It's a shame the course isn't maintained better and the players actually fixed their divots in the fairways and ball marks on the greens.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Billy Casper Golf = POOR MANAGEMENT"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Went back after a few weeks to see if the putting conditions had improved. They are somewhat better but OV seems to just continue to go downhill. The interior of the clubhouse building looks and just feels filthy....bathrooms stinky messes and on the course/halfway house restrooms can be even worse. Ever since this management company took over the course/facilities continue to deteriorate. On a busy summer Saturday the halfway house wasn't even open - the employee was on vacation? Come on....lost revenue that the course is in desperate need of. Short staffed in the bar/restaurant as well...I felt really sorry for the gal working there.

Divot laced fairways (good luck not ending up in one).

Was paired up with a wonderful father/son Steve & Sam who were awesome and I very much enjoyed spending the afternoon with them. Thanks guys!!

OV has a really nice layout (except for the stupid 13th) but is in dire need of TLC - get rid of Billy Casper...they just seem to suck the money out of a course and marginally maintain it (Water's Edge for example??). OV's 15th fairway is almost burned out/beyond repair and I didn't see anyone on the course using their divot mix much if at all (it's on the carts folks) to try and improve conditions. This day surprisingly pace of play wasn't an issue....a 430 round normally 5 plus.

Difficult to recommend this place due to the normal price of admission. At this writing it's a $30 course....but if it was managed, maintained, staffed properly....in top notch condition OV is a $45/$50 course easy.....for your hard earned golf dollar you deserve better.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



llewsac1's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



wright123234322's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The green like a table, past n hard."


u000008000985's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The golf course to good water every wear like it.

I would like playing again .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


James4280861's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing here. Very enjoyable. Started out by myself but joined up with 3 more golfers during the round. Very different front nine and back nine layout. Made for pleasant variety. Pace was excelent on the front. A little slow on the back but not excessive. Would play there again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Disappointing"


Grant2369404's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wanted to use the golf boards in our foursome. Upon arrival we were informed they only had 4 and 1 didn't work. Drink cart came once the entire round and halfway house was closed. Just a disappointing experience


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Poor Greens, Lots of unraked traps"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

OV is a fun interesting track with lots of challenges and I thought the greens on this course had turned the corner when I last played it.....but Billy Casper Mgmt continues to ignore the condition of the greens. Tons of poa anna issues and the greens were some of the worst I've played on all season. Bumpy/sketchy and impossible to get a feel for the right speed...ball bouncing and wandering. Greens didn't even appear to be cut or rolled in a few days....and the course wasn't wet!! Practice green was recently aerated and it was the best green on the entire course. Can't recommend this course for the better than average player because you'll be disappointed with the conditions/pace of play. Traps unraked (people don't care) and as usual a slow playing 4-some holding up the entire golf course after 3 holes and not even remotely keeping up with the 4-somes that teed off directly in front of them. Ranger did nothing saying they were playing "at pace" with 2 holes completely open in front of them but you have the rest of the course all backed up? Typical. Folks in proshop, starter, halfway house and beverage cart are pleasant/friendly....rangers not so much and they never move the turtles along anyway. I like OV but won't be back for a while....the putting conditions are ridiculous for what they normally charge. 2.5 stars, $30 course because of the greens.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



Blake1613441's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u00000153894's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Ryan4559874's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



kjl1260's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course, slow Pace"


wilke2013's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I've played Orchard Valley quite a few times. I'm always pleased with the course conditions, staff, and the overall experience. However, the one thing that is always rough is the pace of play. My group caught up to a group that teed off 45 min before us. When we caught them on 13, they had a group in the fairway ahead of them, a group on the green, and they said there was another group ahead of that group. My group was playing fairly quick (~an hour and 40 for the front 9), but backing up that bad is ridiculous. We ended up driving back to the front 9 and just playing that since it was wide open. I will definitely be back, but I think they need to emphasize etiquette, especially pace of play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Terrible. It's like they don't care. Once a gem now not close. Will not be back


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Not bad. Aeration recently. Probably should disclose that."


Gils23's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

5 hour round wasn't fun but course is kind of underrated as far as the set up and conditions. A bunch of fun holes.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Winter golf!"


Daniel5303160's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

It's a very good course during the summer but I've recently been playing golf in February because its been 60 degrees. Played Cog hill course #3 and St. Andrews so far this winter... Orchard Valley is in noticeably better in condition then those. For winter golf it's excellent!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Worth the ride"


trstark's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A bit of a haul from Barrington, but worth the ride..Loved the layout. Course conditions great for this time of year. Staff was super friendly & knowledgeable. I'll be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice layout"


u000005175264's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Too much sand in traps, very inconsistent., otherwise a course that is challenging., well conditioned.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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