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2.4
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4.8
Friendliness
4.8
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4.9
Amenities
3.4
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 71
Length 6575 yards
Slope 136
Rating 72.6

Course Details

Year Built 1922
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Donald Ross (1922)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Reviews

3.7
18 Reviews (18)
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Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Unaccompanied Guest Rate is not worth it

The course was not in great shape as some of these other reviews mention. The conditions on the front nine were comparable to a run of the mill muni course. The fairways had numerous dead spots and the was unevenly mowed in spots (thick spots next to brown burnt out dead spots). The back nine was considerably better. All greens were in fantastic condition.

My review is critical mainly because this is not what I would expect from a $130 round. Layout is nice and the greens are great, but the overall conditions are not in the same league as other $100+ public courses (Red Tail, Granite Links, Crumpin Fox, etc.). Look elsewhere if you must pay the unaccompanied guest rate.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 56
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the Best

Recently played the course with the Safari Club and a good time was had by all. Course was in great shape even with punched greens which still putted true. Welcoming and helpful staff made the experience even better.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

course was in great shape but the greens were airrated

I played ith the Safari Golf group and the staf and the gold course were near perfect except the greens were airrated.
That aside this is a great golf course with some very challenging holes. The food was outstanding as well as the service.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging, but fair course in excellent condition

Played here with the Safari Club on 8/26. Great day! Course was in excellent condition from tee to green. Challenging layout. Staff was great. They helped whenever necessary. Buffet afterwards was excellent. Enjoyable day throughout! Looking forward to returning in the future.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

private Club

we played the Orchards with the Safari Club .
The layout is ok nothing great no wow factor here.
The greens were airated and the top dressing job left much to be desired the greens were fast but due to the poor top dressing tough to putt.
The pro and his staff were the BEST and the Director of the club made us feel at home ,the food and service was great everything was first class.
love to go back when the r=greens and in top shepe as they are FAST ad true .

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 45
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging Course

Played this last week with the Safari Club. Interesting and challenging layout. Course was in excellent conditions throughout. Pace of play was very good. Staff were courteous and everything was very well organized. Cookout meal afterwards was very good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Safari adventure...

Playing this course is an adventure....you had best bring your favorite driver because if your not in the fairway you are fighting the tall fescue.The greens were well manicured and very fast... slide by the hole and you have a long putt back. The fairways were in great shape and allowed crisp shots to the greens...this is a course the you will need every club in your bag..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Donald Ross design

We played here with over 100 people from the Safari Club. This is a Donald Ross designed course which has hosted the Women's U.S. Open and many other significant events. The course is extremely challenging with many bowl shaped greens which require precision shots to specific locations on the green. The Orchards Golf Club was very gracious to allow the Safari Club to hold its event at this location. Thank you to the members for allowing us to share this magnificent course with our group. The facilities and wrap around deck were a pleasant relief after a hot day in the sun. The buffet served by the club was very good and the bar service and wait staff were extremely effective. Many thanks to the P.G.A. Professional staff and the superintendent and his staff for a fine groomed golf course.Thanks again for allowing our group the pleasure of being able to play one of the finer courses in the United States.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 56
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

In A-One Condition

Played Orchards with the Safari Club yesterday (July 10th) and enjoyed all aspects of the facility from the course to the staff. The course was in great shape and offered challenges to all levels of golf enthusiasts.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 53
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Safari Club Outing

Good day with the Safari Club. Very nice day for golf. Tough course for a 35 handy caper. Very good conditions. Greens are hard to read and it is a long course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course, worth the trip out west!

Played here this week and the course is in great shape. Greens are lightning fast so beware. Good variety of doglegs, hazards, fescue, etc. Par 5s are not particularly long so you have some scoring opportunities if you can navigate the greens. Go if you can get on the course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Nice course

Had a great time with the Safari Club at the Orchards. The greens are tough reads with slopes and ridges.
Course is in great condition despite the drought.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Ross at his best

I guess one shouldn't be so terribly surprised to find such an incredible golf course as this in the quaint little college town of South Hadley, MA. The former site of the 2004 U.S. Women's Open Championship, this golf course represents Donald Ross at his very best. If you can get on this course...DO SO! It's one of those experiences any serious golfer will treasure for a lifetime.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

I just played the Ochards Golf Course on July 11th with the Safari Golf Association

The course was in excellent condition and was very challenging, I like to play Golf courses like this when i need to us most of my clubs in the bag.
The course was in excellent condition and the staff were very helpful .
The food at the 19th Hole was also good
Great Time

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Donald Ross Track

Played this for the first time on Monday with the Safari Club. Really enjoyed it. Interesting holes. No two are similar. Course was in excellent condition -- especially after the big 4 day tournament they just finished on the day before. Greens putted true. Staff was accommodating and the buffet afterwards was excellent. Would definitely play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 56
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

A must play course.

Played the course today with the Safari Club and had a great time. Great layout with several uphill approaches to the greens. Need to stay below the hole, if possible, for birdie opportunities. Friendly staff and very satisfying lunch.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

A Great Safari Club Event at The Orchards

I played The Orchards today with the Safari Club and we were welcomed with open arms. The course was in wonderful shape considering the drought we have been in but the greens were absolutely perfect! They held if you came in high and they putted true every time.

They did an excellent buffet after the event and this is a must play if you can get out!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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