I was able to play 9 holes today, which is the first time I've played Byrne since its renovation. I found it much improved. The tee boxes were in excellent shape, especially given that it's now towards the end of the season. The fairways were in good shape as well and I like what they did with the bunkers and fescue on the first hole. I'm also a big fan of the 150 yard stakes that they've put in the middle of the fairways. Aside from the usual ball marks, the greens were in great shape and were as challenging as always. The practice green is in excellent shape as well, although it loses a few points from me given there's no chipping area.
For similarly maintained courses but with friendlier staff and generally more sportsman like clientele, I recommend playing at the nearby Morris or Sussex county courses.
One of the few positives our crushing taxes gets us.
A moderately difficult, well maintained golf course, centrally located in the county.
Why anyone would have even the sliightest criticism if this course escapes me. Wonderful golf course that never gets boring. GREAT staff...friendly accomodating people...greenskeeping staff is as good as it gets on a public golf course. A gem of a course but don't let the slope rating fool you..harder than it says....but you'll keep coming back once you've played it
Played yesterday in a late 3:30p.m. tee time. $51 with a cart.
The course is definitely difficult with the majority of the fairways being on a slant making any shot a second thought. With the slopes of the fairways, you have to figure that the greens will also be sloped to an impossible degree as well. Guess what. They are. A four put isn't the most random thing on some of these holes.
My one problem with Francis Byrne is the condition of many of the tee boxes and early round greens. A few of the tee boxes are completely destroyed with the amount of play, which is understandable in August, but for a first time visitor, it definitely is a negative. The early round greens are also a bit dried up showing brown. It happens. I'm sure that in April/May of next year those same tee boxes and greens will be in great shape.
Even with those two negatives, Francis Byrne is still one of my favorite courses that I have played.
This course is best of the three Essex Muni's. Apparently the back nine holes were acquired from the Essex County Country Club sometime ago. This shows cause they are more difficult and much nicer. They have a nice putting green and chipping area. Club house is relatively new and has operating grill. Not an easy course and some of the greens around the holes don't hold the balls and should be redone. Overall, a challenging course and at 6,800+ yards a fun course to play. Course was built in 1920's and landscape is very mature. I try to play this course once a month at least.