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4.1
156 Reviews (156)
5 Stars
22
4 Stars
77
3 Stars
28
2 Stars
20
1 Stars
9
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.9
90.0%
Recommend this course
116 out of 156 reviews
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4.0
4 Reviews (4)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.8
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
100.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 4 reviews
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4.1
19 Reviews (19)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
94.7%
Recommend this course
18 out of 19 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

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.1
156 Reviews (156)

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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Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

The Orchards Golf Course

Staff was great. Greens were in great shape. Some of the fairways and tee boxes were a little rough

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/10/2022

Thank you for your review. Some of the fairways and tee boxes do have a couple of tough areas after the massive amounts of rain we have had this spring. We are working to improve them, but it will take a little bit of time. We hope that you come out and see us again soon.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent except the cart paths

Since this was the first time I was going to play this course, I read the reviews. The only thing people complained about was the cart paths (really only in a few places and really only on a few holes) are in bad shape. I'm surprised they don't fix them. The greens were very nice, true, medium fast, and mostly clear of ball marks, making me think that either people are great about fixing them, or not a lot of people who play there hit them! Fairways were great, rough was great, and tee boxes were great.
The clubhouse is very nice. They offer good options at the snack bar, they have humidified packaged cigars (the Oliva's were excellent), and the staff was top notch, professional and friendly.
They have a nice full-length driving range, and quiet, clean, and powerful electric golf carts.
I would say this is easily a top 10 public golf course in the St. Louis Area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/10/2022

Thank you for the wonderful review!! We are very glad you enjoyed your round with us. We know there are a few spots on the cart paths that aren't great. We are planning to get them fixed. We hope to see you again real soon! Thanks for playing!

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Reviews 37
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course , but

It is a nice course and challenging layout. However, the course runs path only all off season, so made for a long round.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 04/02/2022

Thanks for the 4 star review! We appreciate you coming out to see us. Yes, we do go cart path only during the off season, but that is just to promote better turf conditions for the in season play. We thank you for understanding and we hope to see you again real soon!

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Father's Day round

Course is actually in pretty decent shape. Quite a few trees down after the storm that need cleaned up. No ball washers on carts or tee boxes. Greens great and true. Asphalt cart paths need attention. All in all a great Father's Day round with my wife and friends.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 47
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 Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Challenging Layout

5 sets of tees provides any challenge you may want. Finishing hole is a killer par 5. Great shape and the Hot Deal on GolfNow made it a steal to play. Hadn't played the course in quite a while but will definitely be back again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 50
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course….except singles playing are a bit annoying

We’ve played this course a few times as a twosome. . Each time we’ve had singles coming up behind us and trying to hurry us. The course in in nice condition and it’s a bit challenging.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 156
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Really Slow Greens, Fairways Have Bare Spots From Drainage Issues

I have not played the Orchards in nearly 18 years. I played it a lot in the 1990’s and have always loved the design of the course. I stopped playing it because numerous better golf courses were popping up in the St. Louis area. I’ve always wanted to go back and play it, however, I had friends who played it on a regular basis and they always told me it was not in good shape. Finally, this year I heard from numerous people it is getting in better shape and it is worth playing it now. So, I decided to give it a try after 18 years. I knew it has been a long time because there are 4 memorial benches on the front nine.

The GOOD…
The price of $54
Carts have rain covers on the back for your golf bags (no public golf course in the area has these)
Visually, several holes looked much better than I last played them because they removed some trees. Holes 8, 16 & 17.
Other holes which looked great off the tee were 9 & 12.

The BAD…
The greens were in great shape; however, they were so SLOW.
They have a drainage issue in the fairways. Numerous bare spots in low spots in most fairways.
No improvements to the cart paths - in rough shape.
Back tee on hole 2 was awful. Tee box on hole 13 – full of crabgrass and bare spots.
Pace of play was slow.
All flagsticks were yellow. No red (front), white (middle) and blue (back).
TOUGH HOLES…
Hole 7 is one of the tightest holes you will ever play. With 18 years of additional tree growth the hole is claustrophobic. I would consider hole 18 unfair. The hole is tight with OB on both sides. It is a par 5, 565 yards from the white tees, with a late 90-degree dogleg right. I hit a driver and 3-wood. I still had 180 yards left and required a fade to still get it to the green. They really need to shorten hole 18.

I think this course should have a 3-star rating, however, the extremely slow greens really hurts them. Therefore, I give this course a 2-star rating and I would not recommend this course because of this.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 47
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 50
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great variety of memorable holes

Really nice layout. Not just playing the same hole over and over like some courses. Some elevation changes, doglegs right and left, etc. Greens are in great shape right now, bunkers not so much. Good prices at the bar. Worth the drive from StL, for sure.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/30/2021

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We appreciate you coming out and playing at our course. We are working on our bunkers and making them better. Most have been updated this season, and you may have just been in one that is currently being worked on. Again, we thank you for coming out, and we truly hope we get to see you again real soon.

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