Outback NSW
Orange Ex-Services’ Club
18 Holes
PAR 68
5328 M
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This 18 hole course has just been renovated and featured throughout the course are new bunkers and redesigned greens. With it’s lush fairways, it is the perfect golf course for that challenging round.

6 Reviews
golferman68
Reasonably basic country course that provides an enjoyable round. Plenty of opportunities to let fly with the driver but you have to think your way through a few holes.
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nicholstones
We played in the local Orange tournament on the October long weekend, so all three courses were played.We played Ex-Services on the Monday and it was a pleasant day. Because of the earlier weather problems on the weekend they had preferred lies in place. This is a fairly flat course so an easy walk. The fairways were a little patchy, not in great condition and the greens were slow and very bumpy. We found the design to be a little confusing with a lot of long walks from one hole to the next. There are only a couple of holes where the tee markers for Men and Women aren't the same, so it has some incredibly long holes for Women. It is a par 68 for Men and 72 for Women, but little thought has been given to the layout for the women. There are a number of places where tees and greens are close together and so you need to be aware of other golfers inadvertently aiming at you. Because we played in the tournament we can't comment on the green fees. This course lacks something and we would suggest playing Duntryleague if you only have time for one course. The other issue with the course is that the clubhouse is very difficult to find, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get there.
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q-tip
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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holeout2
I really like this course as the fairways are nice and wide and lush. The greens are not too bad considering conditions of greens NSW wide and it is also extremely cheap. many good holes and the back nine is better than the front.
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golferjohn
Played 14 May 2010. Good warm-up course in Orange for playing Duntryleague, Wentworth and Cowra. Generous fairway widths but some nicely designed holes. Hole 7 is a challenging 198 metre par 3 across a dam. A couple of par 4s are drivable for some (not me), at least with a breeze at the back.
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herbiehib
An ever imprtoving course that has had some bad stick from the local golfers in the past. I really enjoyed playing here its a good course with nothing too challenging. The price is outstanding for 18 holes and the members friendly.
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Outback NSW, NSW 2800, Australia
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