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ESSEX COUNTY: Francis A. Byrne Golf Course

Francis A. Byrne Golf Course
Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange
Phone # 973-736-2306


Course Profile

Francis Byrne Golf Course dates back to 1926, when it was designed as a private country club course by noted golf architect Charles Banks. Through our renovation project, many of the course features have been restored to their classical roots, making Byrne one of the premiere public golf destinations in the state. A number of holes are based on famous courses from Scotland, including the par five 1st hole that is modeled after the Road Hole at St. Andrews.

Among other classic holes on the Byrne Golf Course are the long par three Biarritz 2nd hole that measures well over 200 yards from the championship tee and the short 14th that is similar to the Eden hole that is also found at St. Andrews, as well as many of the best private clubs in the United States.  The back nine at Byrne includes several long par four holes such as the 12th and 15th, the latter of which champion golfer Bobby Jones considered to be one of the most difficult holes in America. 

This beautiful course in West Orange features deep bunkers, hilly topography and rolling greens that combine to create a wonderfully challenging layout that measures nearly 6,800 yards and offers public golfers the rare opportunity to play a course from golf’s Golden Age of Design.


From New Jersey: Take Route 280 West to Exit 7/Pleasant Valley Way. Turn left onto Pleasant Valley Way. Cross Mt. Pleasant Avenue. Course is on the left.

From New York: George Washington Bridge or Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey Turnpike South. Take Exit 15W for Route 280 West. Follow above directions.

Use the intersection “Pleasant Valley Way and Mt. Pleasant Avenue” when obtaining driving directions from the Internet.

Francis Byrne Map

To schedule a tee time:
Golfers with an Essex County Golf ID Card can schedule tee times at Francis Byrne, Hendricks Field and Weequahic Golf Courses using an automated tee time system. Call 973-350-8930 and follow the prompts on the message. Golfers with Essex County Golf ID Cards can continue using their old PIN #. Enrolled residents may book tee times up to 7 days in advance starting at 8:00 p.m. the prior week. Enrolled non-residents may book tee times 5 days in advance starting the prior week. (To obtain a Golf ID Card, see Golf General Information below.)
Golf General Information
How to obtain a Golf ID Card

The County of Essex requires each golfer to enroll with the County prior to using the automated tee time system. You may enroll in person at the Parks Department Golf ID Unit located at Essex County Hendricks Field Golf Course, 220 Franklin Avenue, Belleville. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon on Saturday.

New registrations
The County only will accept a valid New Jersey Driver's License with current address and one current utility bill (Telephone, PSE&G or Cable only) with the applicant's name on it. If bills are in a spouse's name, the applicant must show a copy of a marriage certificate.

Golfers must provide proof of residency annually when renewing their Golf ID card. Proof of residency is a valid New Jersey Driver's License and a current utility bill (Telephone, PSE&G or Cable only) with the applicant's name on it. If bills are in a spouse's name, the applicant must show a copy of a marriage certificate.

To Renew by mail, send the following to the Parks Dept. Office:
1) Copies of 2 of the following: New Jersey Driver's License, current telephone, PSE&G or Cable bill or voter's registration card with the same address.
2) Golf ID Card
3) Print a Registration form and provide all requested information.
4) Check or money order payable to Essex County Dept. of Parks for the required fee (See Essex County Golf Course Official Fee Structure.)
Please note: Golf ID Cards cannot be renewed through the mail if there is a change in status or address.

New registration for juniors
Juniors ages 12 to 17 years must have a birth certificate and a parent or guardian present who must bring their valid New Jersey Driver's License and a current utility bill (Telephone, PSE&G or Cable only). A valid New Jersey Driver's License is sufficient for a Junior age 17.

Registration for the disabled
If a golfer can show proof that he/she is fully disabled, they will be extended a discount on their greens fee.
The following are considered proof of eligibility: Social Security Administration Award Letter, Medicare Card accompanied by proof of age, or a motor vehicle disabled person's ID.

To replace lost cards
Cards should be kept from year to year as only the stickers will be updated. If a golfer has lost his/her card and would like it replaced, then he/she must report to the administrative office at 115 Clifton Ave. with proper identification with a $25.00 replacement card fee.

Cancellation information and no show policies
A no-show is defined as anyone who fails to cancel/modify a tee time in advance, who appears with fewer
players than held by the reservation, or when the person making the reservation is not present in the group.
1st Offense: A charge to your account of $10 per person.
2nd Offense: A charge to your account of $10 per person plus and a 30-day suspension from the reservation system.
3rd Offense: A charge to your account of $10 per person and a one-year suspension from the reservation system.


Golf Outings at Essex County’s Golf Courses give your group the enjoy some of the best public golf courses in New Jersey at the more affordable rates in the state.  Tournament rates also include golf cart for all players in your event!  Shotgun Outings require a minimum of 72 players and can be booked Monday-Thursday with a tee time of 8:00 am or 1:00 pm.;


Smaller groups of 12 or more can schedule a Tee Time Outings 7 days a week (after 11:00 am on weekends, appropriate tournament rates below apply). 


Please contact the Golf Division at (973) 268-3520 for more information and we look forward to working with you to have a great event at Essex County’s Golf Courses!



Our Golf Course Improvement Master Plan has been completed with outstanding results at each our three courses at Weequahic Park, Hendricks Field and Francis Byrne.  This investment of over $7,000,000 addressed several key areas to improve course infrastructure that will lead to greater enjoyment and superior conditions for our residents and friends in the years to come.  New irrigation systems will provide more efficient and reliable water distribution, while drainage upgrades will prevent courses from being too wet to play after heavy rains.  Six major areas were addressed with this work:

Irrigation : Installation of modern automated irrigation systems that will provide more efficient distribution of water.

Drainage : Major problem areas were addressed with the installation of new pipe, numerous catch basins and drainage ditches.  This will promote better conditions and healthier turf. 

Tees : Many new tees were built with proper construction methods that increased teeing area and provide more access points that will reduce wear.  Several new forward and back tees will also provide challenge and provide enjoyment to all levels of players.

Cart Paths : Many new cart paths were rebuilt or relocated for improved safety, aesthetics and routing.  Curbs were also installed around tees and greens as necessary to help to control traffic flow in these critical areas.

New Bunkers : Existing bunkers were rebuilt or restored, with many new ones built to improve the strategic interest of each of our courses.

Tree Work : Many trees were pruned, while others that prevented proper growing conditions and posed serious safety concerns were removed.

The completion of these renovations is just the beginning of this transformation for our golf facilities.  Improved maintenance practices and investments in new mowing equipment will also promote much better conditions at our courses and greater strategic interest to Essex County.  We are very excited about the future of these three great courses, using modern technology and science to restore these historic golf courses for the enjoyment of our residents for generations to come and thank you for your patience over the past two years as this work was being completed.

2011 Fee Schedule

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs
115 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104 ~ (T) 973-268-3500 ~ (F) 973-481-5302
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