The Orchards Golf Club
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!
July 20, 2014
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.
November 21, 2012
One of the best
I always enjoy playing here... Wonderful condition...great design.
Course is challenging, but fair.
October 10, 2012
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!
September 21, 2012