Two decades after striding out on to the European Tour full of wide-eyed enthusiasm, Helensburgh's finest will commence a 20th season on the main circuit next year with a similar sense of optimism and vigour.
A seven-under 65, in the closing round of the qualifying school final recently, helped him barge into the top-10 of the leaderboard and ensured he would end the year in jovial spirits. It also guaranteed him a healthy number of starts on the 2012 programme, which swings back into action in the first week of January. Orr may be keen to keep the momentum going but he's been around long enough to know when to take it easy.
While many of the graduates will be charging off to South Africa for the first event on the Race to Dubai, the two-time tour winner will still have his feet up.
"At 44, you can't afford to chase your tail all over the place," admitted Orr. "It catches up on you. I've played almost solidly since May, so this is a chance to refresh myself. That 65 at the tour school was as good as I've played and because I've got a decent card I can afford to ease up a bit. I'll maybe start at the beginning of March when there's a run of tournaments. I could have gone to South Africa but to keep going would have maybe done me more harm. It's time for a rest."
When Orr emerges from his well-deserved hibernation, he'll be raring to go. Galvanised by his successful q-school mission, as well as some encouraging displays towards the tail end of the season, the Scot is relishing the prospect of another year at the top table.
It all started from him back in 1993. A sparkling spell, illuminated by a share of third place in the Bells Scottish Open at Gleneagles, left him 30th on the order of merit, a sterling effort which was rewarded with the tour's rookie-of-the-year prize. Orr would like nothing better than to roll back the years in 2012.
"Those 20 years on tour have gone by in a flash, it's amazing how it passes," reflected Orr, who rose to a career high of 10th in Europe in 2000 after winning both the Portuguese Open and the British Masters. "Having got my card at the tour school this year, it's a little bit like starting off back then. It's like I have come full circle in a way. The feeling now is similar as it was in 1993. You're still not quite sure what events you'll get into and it's quite refreshing in a way. I remember a lot about that first year. Fortunately, I started off pretty well and the Scottish Open really kick-started the year. It would be nice if I could repeat some of that form next season."
Plagued by well-documented back problems in recent years, Orr played the 2011 season on a medical exemption but the first half of the campaign was hardly what the doctor ordered. By the start of August, the Burhill member had earned barely €16,000 after a succession of missed cuts.
Languishing in the lower reaches of the money-list and struggling to keep the morale up, there was a point when Orr began to question the route his career was trundling down.
"You do think about that," he added. "My back was giving me a bit of trouble earlier in the year but from Wentworth in May [the BMW PGA Championship] I began to play regularly again but I just got on a bad run and the confidence dropped off a bit. If I'd kept playing like that then I would've had to sit down and question where it was all going. As a golfer, you have to face up to that at some point. But when you're still out on tour you still have to stay focused and give it your full attention. You can't afford to let the mind wander to these things but you do know that there's no point continuing if you can't perform."
The catalyst for a change in outlook came at September's KLM Open in Holland where he led during the final round and eventually finished fourth, sandwiched between Rory McIlroy in third and the fifth-placed Lee Westwood.
"That was a strong field on a really long course," said Orr, who followed that up with a 10th at the Austrian Open during a late-season rally in which he made seven cuts in his last nine events. "I had a chance to win and I didn't do a lot wrong but to be back up there was very encouraging. From then, my golf towards the end of the season was a lot more positive. After the bad start to the year, I finished off the season feeling like I could still play. If I can find that form on a more consistent basis I believe I can still contend. I'm certainly feeling optimistic again."
Proof, indeed, that there's still plenty of life left in this 40-something.