Bloomfield Country Club

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Orange Ex-Services measures 5356m Par 68 with six par 3s ranging from 135-202m, ten par 4s ranging from 242-396m and two very short par 5s ranging from 430-438m. The course is surrounded by Orange Health Service which includes the new $250 million hospital (officially opened March 2011) and the Bloomfield Psychiatric Mental Health Hospital sites. The course is split by 10 holes on the north side of Park Drive and 8 holes on the south side of Park Drive which is the entry road to the course from Forest Road. Course is bounded by Sir Jack Brabham Park to the north and Forest Road to the west. Course has a mixture of rye grass and South African couch grass fairways. The small-to-medium sized bent greens are slow, bumpy with a few bare patches with rye grass on its green surrounds. There are currently up to 4 temporary greens in play at the 5th, 8th, 17th & 18th. There are 6 bunkerless greens (at 1, 7, 9, 12, 15 & 17) with a total of 21 bunkers on the course. A good stretch worthy of mention include holes 7-10 beginning with: the 198m slightly uphill 7th (index 5) with a long teeshot over the storage pond to a front-sloping bunkerless green; the 135m slightly uphill 8th (index 11) with a teeshot over another pond to a 20m long 2-tier front sloping green guarded by 2 bunkers left and short right; the 393m signature double dogleg par 4 9th (index 1) which plays slightly uphill left then right around mature trees to a bunkerless green guarded by trees short right and left; the long par 3 and downhill 202m 10th (index 4) to the largest and best 2-tier green on the course which slopes to the front with 2 shortside bunkers. Overall, the par 3s are generally varied, bunkered and challenging. The two par 5s are short and weak. I agree with the other reviewer in saying that the back nine is slightly more challenging and longer than the front nine. Other back nine highlights include: the 351m slight bend right 14th (index 13) which plays gently downhill with 2 bunkers short of the small green; the 385m straight 17th (index 2) with the OOB Forest Road far right with a slight left-sloping lush couch grass fairway with rye grass mounds and the OOB fence 10m over the back of the bunkerless green; and the 385m slight bend right 18th (index 8) with the OOB hospital access road on the right and 2 fairway bunkers along the left about 50 and 150m short of the green guarded by a bunker short right. Course access is from Forest Forest Road about 4km south of the Summer Street/Peisley Street traffic lights. The clubhouse overlooks the bowling green and the new hospital and is about 100m walk through the carpark to the 1st tee and 18th green. Unless the club expands the course out to the other side of the oval and towards Bloomfield Road, there is not much room to expand here. The 9th & 17th have somewhat smaller landing areas off the tee and the club should look into making this course more tighter with more taller tree-lined fairways reducing wide fairway holes. The other 2 courses in Orange are far longer and more challenging, so this course should either look into expanding land to make it longer or making the its layout more challenging and narrower by adding more trees and hazards. All of the city's 3 golf courses are at a slightly higher elevation than the city centre itself. Orange Ex-Services golf course is approximately 900-910m above sea level. Played here 23/03/2012 with $22.50 visitor green fees or $12.50 club member green fees making Orange Ex-Services the cheapest round of golf in the city. Having a larger city population than Bathurst (55km east) and Dubbo (150km north), Orange is the largest city in the Central Tablelands and Central West Region with over 40000 people. Call in for a round at Orange Ex-Services at the starter's hut (02) 6362 5162 or at the clubhouse bar on (02) 6361 3210. Probably the easiest out of Orange's 3 layouts. Can't beat the colours all three Orange's golf courses have on display in Autumn!
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crewy203
Played Bloomfield today (25/4/11, we were playing all 3 courses in Orange over 2 days) and with a 7:00am hit off we had most of the course to ourselves during the round. This is a flat course which has 2 sections separated by the road leading into the course. The 1st fairway and green were a little rough which led to some concern over the quality of the course but this soon passed as we got into the round. The fairways are wide, in most cases tree lined and are well covered so you should not have issues with the lie, even the rough is kind. The bulk of the greens are in excellent condition although the 5th, 16th and 17th greens were under repair, showing that work is being conducted on the course. An interesting characteristic of Bloomfield is that on the turn, 4 of 5 holes (7th, 8th, 10th 11th) are all par 3's with 2 of these measuring 200mtrs. The 2 par 5's are not long and are reachable in 2 for longer hitters with the remaining holes all par 4's. At 5356 metres and a par 68 the course isn't as difficult as its cousins in town and but is worth a visit, I really enjoyed the pleasant walk and would be happy to play there again
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mattsmith2

Bloomfield Country Club, now run by Orange Ex services club and recently refurbished is a beautiful course all year round and challengers every single golfer. With a good mix of holes in a picturesque location, the course provides a great days golf. Highlights of the course include the Par 3 that carries across a dam and the Par 4 385 m 17th that runs parallel with the road and demands a very accurate drive. Exceedingly beautiful in Autumn, with the falling leaves changing the landscape to all sorts of shades of brown. A great course to play, with full clubhouse facilities also available.

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Forest Road, Orange
Outback NSW, NSW 2800, Australia
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General: 0263613210