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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7036 yards
Slope 144
Rating 74.9
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7036 yards 74.9 144
Tournament 72 6487 yards 71.8 137
Invitational 72 5868 yards 69.2 128
Competition 72 5158 yards 70.1 124
Scorecard for Orchards
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship M: 74.9/144 423 193 577 373 201 538 409 375 441 3530 412 607 160 382 194 522 374 452 413 3516 7046
Tournament M: 71.8/137 399 165 549 346 159 509 376 354 408 3265 389 575 140 351 155 497 335 418 385 3245 6510
Invitational M: 69.2/128 W: 74.8/143 365 122 519 314 119 474 345 315 371 2944 360 543 123 330 119 466 306 386 359 2992 5936
Competition M: 65.4/113 W: 70.1/124 330 108 466 280 91 436 288 241 296 2536 312 478 94 283 96 429 275 358 303 2628 5164
Handicap 7 15 5 11 17 3 9 13 1 6 2 16 12 18 8 10 4 14
Par 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways Pennlinks Grass
Greens Pennlinks Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1993) Donald Knott (1993) Gary Linn (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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5.0
13 Reviews (13)
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Handicap 5-9
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5.0
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Gem!

Finally had the change to play this gem. What a great course and layout. This course is the pinnacle of risk/reward golf. Place your shots and play smart and you can get around this track with a relatively good score. We were lucky to get paired with a single who plays this course weekly and was able to give his guidance on the course. Pace of play is my only concern, but that's a concern at every course in the metro area especially on the weekends during the summer months. This course deserves more hype than it gets. Skip the over hyped Greystone right up the road and spend your time and money here. Can't wait to get back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Northern Detroit gem

This course has been widely advertised as a premier tract and this 1st time low-hdcp traveler absolutely agrees. Top shelf conditions and playability with a few forced carries & modest elevation changes. Generous practice area and rangers visible to assure pace of play. Of note is the fact that I made my ttime weeks in advance for my leisure travel, yet was called & informed that my start would be delayed 20 mins so crews could prep the course for play without being visible to players. Even had a cart girl on a weekday morning which is rare these days!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful, Challenging and Awesome!

Had a chance to play this course in an outing I was invited to. I got there and hit the range and putting green. The putting green was large and the driving range was very nice. What a great course! Very nice layout makes it challenging and you have to position shots to get into good scoring chances. Also the separation of the holes makes it as if you are really in the moment of that hole. Greens were in perfect shape and rolled nicely. Did get into some green side bunkers and had no problem, well manicured. We enjoyed our time playing, all staff were nice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Mt. Rushmore of Metro Detroit Public Golf

The Orchards is easily one of the 4 courses on the Mt Rushmore of Metro Detroit Public Golf. It is a stern test that will require precise and accurate iron shots. Greens are moderate sized, and the area around the greens can be punishing with thicker rough and usually tricky bunkering. There is a nice variety in the layout with some holes guarded by woods and other routing through the near by housing developments and allowing for great playability. This is easily on of the most expensive public tracks in the area; however, this is a MUST PLAY for any nearby Michigan golfer

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Top 3 Course in Detroit Area

The Orchards is easily one of the best public golf courses in the Detroit area. You will pay a premium price, but if you can appreciate the quality maintenance put into the golf course, it is worth it. Pace of play can get a little sluggish on weekends but in all honesty, what course has A+ pace of play on weekends if you don't tee off before 9am? The design is spectacular, no gimmick holes and for the most part, it is fairly forgiving from tee to green. Personally, I prefer Lyon Oaks in Wixom to The Orchards based on the value and considering the course conditions are on the same level but The Orchards should still be a must play for any level golfer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Previously Played

In bad need of rangers

Really too bad that some people dont have the courtesy to be concern w/ pace of play. Course over booked or in need of rangers to move people along. Waiting more than 10 min on every tee box & in the fairways. Really a great course, too many other course to play will not be back.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Best Course Around!

Well worth the money / drive to play here. The facilities were sparkling clean, the practice area is massive. The course itself is breathtakingly beautiful and hard. Greens are very fast. Pace was average on the front 9, we waited on a few holes for a few minutes, no big deal. For some reason at the turn they put a 3 some out in front of us, and a 2 behind us. We waited almost 20 minutes between finishing 9 and teeing off on 10. After our tee shots on 15 we were berated by the ranger for slow play. He said we were 20 mins off pace. Go figure..... It wouldn't have bothered me that much if he was polite with us, but it was the starters fault that we were behind and the ranger was inexcusably rude with us. If I remember right the highest score in our 4 some was an 85, its not like we were hacking balls all over the place.

This is just my experience, and I hope it was a one time incident. This is an amazing course and everyone except the ranger was extremely polite and professional. I highly, highly recommend playing here. Its well worth the $$

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

One of, if not the best public course in Metro Detroit.

I've played about a dozen rounds here going back to high school golf where this course hosted our Regional tournament. If it's your first time playing here, it may be a bit of a shock to the system how quick and undulating the conditions are, and how seemingly tight the landing areas off the tee might be. But trust me, the more you play here and learn where you can get away with missing it, the more enjoyable the experience will be. Even from the tips, it doesn't play that long because the fairways run out so much. This means your #1 priority should be putting the ball in the fairway off the tee, rather than automatically taking driver just for distance. Even fairway woods, hybrids, and long irons will get plenty of roll to leave you a manageable length approach shot. The greens are generally large and receptive to well-struck shots, but definitely putt pretty quick. Trust me, play almost 1/3 more speed and almost twice as much break as you think, especially on putts over 10ft. On holes like 6, 8, & 13 which are dogleg right holes with trees/hazard along the right, give yourself plenty of room to aim left and fade/slice it to not roll in there. This is a course where you can miss it sometimes up to 100 yds right off the tee, but generally not left a fraction of that much because of hazards/O.B. Overall, one of the best public courses in Metro Detroit and impeccable conditions. Try to play as often as you can, since it only gets better the more you play it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

One of the best

I always enjoy playing here... Wonderful condition...great design.
Course is challenging, but fair.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Great Course

The Orchards is a great course and kept up very well. Everything about the course is upscale. The course is challenging with a lot of bunkers that are precisely located. The only drawback is the price, but if you can catch a deal through Golfnow, then I would highly recommend you play this course. Definitely one of the best in the area!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Tournament syle gold course

Top 5 in metro Detroit. Would play here more often if it wasn't so much dough. Front nine is tight. Back nine more of a links style with wide fairways. Greens are hard to figure out if you don't play here on a regular basis. They are not really comparable to any greens in Michigan. Hard to read. In tourneys in the past, I am a fairly good putter and have had 36+ putts here. Putt well here and you will do fine! Definitely play here when you can.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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