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Welcome to the Orchards

Crafted in 1922 from 160 acres of sloping wooded terrain by the legendary Donald Ross. The Orchards remains a hidden gem for club members and their guests. Discover the spirit of a great tradition, the essence of golf as it was meant to be played.  Orchards Members have been proud hosts to:   

1987 US Women's Junior Championship 2001
Massachusetts State Men's Amateur Championship
2002 NCAA Women's Division III Finals
2004 US Women's Open
2010 Massachusetts Senior Four-Ball Championship

Hadley, MA Golf History

The history of The Orchards began in 1922 when Joseph Skinner commissioned Scotsman Donald J. Ross to design the course. The course was originally just nine holes – the final nine was added under the architect’s deliberate guidance in 1927. In 1941, the course was donated to Mount Holyoke College, where it has remained hidden away for golfers to enjoy.
Today, more than 90 years later, The Orchards Golf Club is preserved in time – a testament to the brilliance of Donald J. Ross. The Orchards is rated one of the top ten college courses in the country.
Discover the spirit of a great tradition, the essence of golf as it was meant to be played.  Members enjoy practice facilities including a full driving range, vast putting green, and a chipping green with a traditional Donald Ross bunker.  Our clubhouse is a comfortable setting where members gather to socialize and enjoy the camaraderie of membership. The clubhouse includes a golf shop, grill room, dining room, outside patio overlooking the course, and locker rooms. We invite you to experience this great atmosphere as we develop the club into one of the finest private golf clubs in New England.