The Orchards - Michigan - USA

The Orchards Golf Club,
62900 Campground Road,
Washington,
Michigan (MI) 48094,
USA


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The Orchards Golf Club was an attempt, in the words of designer Robert Trent Jones II, to create a public option that lived up greater Detroit’s legacy of Golden Age architecture. The result is an eye-catching public access traveling around what was once an apple orchard (holes No. 3 and 4 offer the best views). A real estate development is core to the course’s development, however the route plays alternately through large isolated woodlands and wide, open areas.

The latter allow Jones to bring some taste of parkland links to the site, joining holes through wide, shared fairways on several occasions. Aside from the previous two holes described, Nos. 16 and 17 share both shortgrass and a series of hazards in between. It’s not unreasonable that a player on either tee end up in the bunkers in between the two holes. There’s also a tree positioned to the right side of both...but No. 17 also has a standalone tree standing in the middle of the fairway about 200 yards out from the green.

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Description: Ryan Moore cruised to a comfortable victory at 2002 U.S. Amateur Public Links championship here at The Orchards Golf Club, where a Robert Trent Jones Jr. routing lies at the heart of Washington Township's sprawling residential golf community. Rating: 6.3 out of 10 Reviews: 3
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Larry Jacobs

RTJ Never disappoints. This is not quite the Alabama golf trail but the layout is worthy of the name. I can see why this would be a yearly go to when in the Detroit area. I would love to play that Oakland University course sometime but I guess it's who you know right. I did not see a Giant apple. A giant apple would be cool.

July 21, 2022
7 / 10
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Mike Huetteman

The Orchards is to me the best public course in the Metro Detroit Area. The nines are very different nines. The front 9 has a stretch of some more position type holes that make the front less enjoyable compared to the back. Two strong ends to each nine with 9 a strong up hill par 4 and 18 a downhill mid length par 4 but can be tricky with water right and bunkers left of a narrow green. Conditioning is always very good.

May 29, 2022
7 / 10
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Douglas Zaccari

The Orchards is always looked at as one of the best public options in metro Detroit and it is that. The course suffers because of that though, having played several times with just brutal pace of play over 5 hours. The course has some really good holes but suffers aesthetically due to houses lining most of the holes. It deserves its spot as one of the top publics in metro. I always enjoy RTJII designs and this is no exception, I play the course annually and will be back this year.

January 26, 2021
5 / 10
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