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3 Stars
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1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.5
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.0
71.0%
Recommend this course
85 out of 124 reviews
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4.0
5 Reviews (5)
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Conditions
3.8
Value
3.6
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.8
80.0%
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3.7
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Conditions
3.7
Value
3.4
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
71.4%
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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

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.6
124 Reviews (124)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 12
Water Hazards 11
Forced Carries 10
This course/club is great for:
Locals 13
Seniors 7
Junior Golfers 6
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 8
Worth the Drive 7

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Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

October golf at The Orchards

Played the back 9 twice.

Front 9 closed for major repairs/renovations.

Enjoyable course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 12/09/2020

We had to aerify the greens. Not do major repairs or renovations.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Better... But Still Not Worth the Money

I play in a Sunday group for many years and we have a rotation of courses that we play. The other day someone added the Orchards to the list. I was interested to play here again because I heard they have a new greenskeeping staff and the course has come back to its glory days in the early 2000s.

The last time I played this course in 2018, I walked off the course and demanded my money back after 5 holes in because it was in such atrocious shape. So for the benefit of the course, I will say that the Greens have generally come back, however, there were a couple of the holes that still showed signs of recovering. These were the holes that had the most damage... and when I say damage, they didn't even have grass on them, they had sand.

The course's fairways unfortunately still showed signs of burnout and poor upkeep. There were many many many areas where I would have staked the area and made them Ground Under Repair, as they were bare or showing some signs of making an attempt to come back.

The practice area was poorly maintained. The grass was too thick and bare. When I asked for a small bucket of balls to warm up, I was given a large bucket 1/4 full. I would have expected a small bucket filled uniformly vs. a guess.

The one nice part of the course that I was happy to see was they had their beverage cart working and the snack shop was open at the turn. So if you were in need of a drink or candy bar it was no issues.

The tee boxes needed to be cut as they were "shaggy" but manageable. The tee box areas were set up in some very interesting configurations. Hole 15 had the tee box set up on a downslope. The pins were placed in some pretty heinous positions as well.

Overall, the course has come back some; but charging $50 to play was a stretch and I feel they were overcharging for a course that has not returned to warrant such a fee. There are far better options for less in the St. Louis area.

To the defense of the course, it is on the mend... but still has a way to go. Lowering the price and maintaining it for the weekend players would bring me back, but unfortunately, if they keep their prices this high... I will give it another year before I come back... which is a shame because this course used to be a true gem for the area.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Getting better but a ways to go and still too pricy

Gave this track a try again today even though I said I would never play this course again because it has been in really bad shape for the last 2-3 years.
Must say I was impressed with the progress they have made. The greens rolled really good and the fairways have definitely improved. Still need to work on the tee boxes. Feel like your hitting out of the rough because they still do not mow them down very short and it is hard to find a level lie on some.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Long time

Another packing in of players, and slow slow play. Add to that they had the cart path only due to a little wetness, makes for an extremely long day. Course is certainly in better shape than last time I played, was horrible last few yrs. Marshall did not do his job, keeping pace going. But was quick to remind me as I was walking It was cart path only ????. Will give another try, but only because am committed to tourney.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Decent , crazy Greens

Fairways are great,, but if you miss by just a little there is really no rough to hole the ball , a fade or draw to one side or the other will typically roll OB or into woods , you’d rather hit out of rough then have to drop ,, greens were very receptive soft eve but I have never seen greens that soft that fast , and rolling undulating greens , greens should be considered in rankings this course is tough

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

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!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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
Played On
Reviews 72
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 72
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
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
Played On
Reviews 1
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.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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