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3.5
116 Reviews (116)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
25
2 Stars
18
1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.6
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.9
67.7%
Recommend this course
79 out of 116 reviews
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3.7
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
6
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0
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0
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
3.8
75.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 12 reviews
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3.6
14 Reviews (14)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
3.4
Value
3.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
3.9
71.4%
Recommend this course
10 out of 14 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6787 yards
Slope 126
Rating 72.2

The Orchards Golf Club in Belleville offers an 18-hole championship course designed by Belleville native and former Masters winner Bob Goalby. With four sets of tees, the course appeals to a wide range of skill levels. The layout starts out with a gentler front nine where you won’t find any doglegs on the first six holes but as you move towards the back nine, the course gets more challenging. The golf course has an interesting and diverse mix of holes, with the seventh through the 14th being a particularly notable stretch. You’ll have to contend with abundant out-of-bounds and both water and sand come into play often. In addition to the golf course, the Orchards G.C. boasts a multi-level driving range as well as a large practice putting green with a sand bunker.

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Course Details

Year Built 1991
Fairways Zoysia
Greens Bent
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bob Golby

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

3.5
116 Reviews (116)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 12
Water Hazards 11
Forced Carries 10
This course/club is great for:
Locals 12
Seniors 7
Junior Golfers 6
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 7
Worth the Drive 7

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Fun Round

Hadn't played this course in a while so was nice to return. They were doing some repair work on the course but didn't really interfere with play. We played the course in 4 hrs. so loved the pace. Will play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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Great outing

Even though the course was busy on the day I played, I was able to join up with other players and had a lot of fun. The course was nestled in a subdivision of beautiful homes. I enjoyed the layout and found the second set of tees just about the right distance to challenge me. Real close to one of the best apple orchards and restaurant in Illinois which made this day a winner!!

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Sweet Round at The Orchards

Enjoyed my first round and was impressed with the layout and the friendliness of the golf pro. Met and joined with two other golfers and had a blast. The sand traps were being worked on and were in rough shape overall. I would recommend playing this course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
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Perfect weather
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played

Greens are almost completely overtaken by some fungus

It hurts me to say such harsh things about this course because I have always loved the layout. But the greens are simply unplayable! Bunkers are hit and miss but majority of them are rock hard and have no sand. Fairways are actually pretty nice; but some of the tee boxes have almost no grass. Talked to management afterwards and they said they just hired a new superintendent so let’s hope for some vast improvements quick!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 08/12/2019

Randy,

Thank you for playing, and leaving a comment. We did just recently hire a new superintendent. We are working through some issues still left behind from the former superintendent. We are working hard at making the playing conditions at our course great for all of our guests. We hope that you will come back and see us again in the future.

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First Time Playing

Had to play before I leave

I wanted to play this course before I leave because I’ve heard mixed reviews on it since I got here. The staff was not very friendly for an early morning teatime but I wrote that off as personalities differ from place to place. The course was extremely saturated with all the recent rain and having an 8 some tee off in front of us In front of us didn’t make the experience that much better. We skipped a few holes to get the round under five hours. But the course layout has a lot of potential .

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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3.0
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Previously Played

Good layout

Course in descent shape for this early but greens rather rough with quite a bit of “weed like” matter which caused a lot of Boucher

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Wet weather
Used cart

Don't play after rain!

It's not fair to judge the course based on how much water was on it, because I made the decision to golf after a day of rain. That being said, there are a ton of improvements the course needs to undergo. The tee boxes are horrible! Some have wild patches of grass while a couple are just dirt (mud)! The orchards used to be a really nice course to play. It's sad to see it has turned into an over priced dog track of a golf course. I play it once every year, and every year it looks worse! C'mon guys...get a greens crew that cares!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Fivesom

Very slow because five golfers were playing together and would not wave us thru. Come to find out three of them worked at the course and should have known basic golf etiquette.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/12/2019

Thank you for your review. We take pace of play and fivesomes very seriously. When we hear that some of our employees were playing a fivesome we definitely address it with that employee. If you could, please call Dale at (618) 233-8921 and describe the players that were in this group so that it won't be a problem again. Thank you.

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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
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Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Learn when to be Cart Path only...

It was Completely Dry Every other course within 50 miles was 90 degrees .... There were 3 damp spots on the Whole Course yet you had a Scramble and open play took over 5 hrs..... Ridiculous..... Should have been minimum 90 degrees could have been wide open..... I would have got my money back and played somewhere else had I known been dry 3 days.... Sun blazin. Not even water in fields or ditches....Maybe New Management is needed....

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Orchards Review

Very nice course, great layout of the holes. The white tees are plenty long even though the card lists the yardage as 5,841 yards. No. 18 is a beast, 565 yard par 5 dogleg right with narrow, tree lined fairway. The fairways were very nice, the ball sat up nice even after the zoysia grass has turned yellow and gone dormant. Minor thing, but I didn't like the markers in the tee boxes, faded paint which made it hard to differentiate the colors. BUT NOW FOR MY MAIN COMPLAINT--THE GREENS. The greens a bad, very thin and infested with crab grass. Never mad a long put all day, but didn't expect to. I imagine the greens were even worse during the heat of summer. If I learn that the greens problem is corrected next season, I'll be back, otherwise I will wait another season or two and see what happens. Not worth the 30 mile drive to me to play on greens like I would expect on any municipal course anywhere in the area. Too bad, the course is so nice it deserves good putting greens.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

help the greens

grat place great people, only down side was that the greens are in rough shape, but im sure they will correct it soon

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fairways are in great shape.
All greens had patches of a different type of grass. This made it hard to get a true straight putt.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

If you like crabgrass, this is the place to play :-)

First time playing the Orchards this year and I was really disappointed. Crabgrass on tee boxes, fairways, and most greens. The rough (also thick with crabgrass in places) needed to be mowed...finding the ball in it was quite the challenge. I wouldn't recommend playing here unless you get a great deal and you can put up with the course conditions.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

orchards2

Grass in fairways and greens improving a little.

Made the turn and found out a full course league just started. We stopped playing.

There was no mention of this at check in.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

The Orchards

The Orchards is a great little course with a real fun layout. Course is in good shape with the only thing I would have liked were the greens to be a little faster, although with the elephants buried under some.....what's the expression...be careful what you wish for!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent experience

The tee boxes, fairways, and greens were in great shape. Service was above average in the clubhouse and I was pleasantly surprised there was a refreshment cart out.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/24/2018

Thank you for your great review. We are glad you had a great experience with us. Come back and see us again real soon!

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