Francis A. Byrne Golf Course - Essex County, NJ Golf
Essex County's 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 classic 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.
General Golf Information
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 all three golf courses Monday thru Friday from 8:00 to 4:00 and on Saturday from 8:30 to 12:00.
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. We will also accept Passports with an Essex County address.
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,
Golf ID Office
220 Franklin Ave, Belleville, NJ 07109
please send the following:
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 & provide all requested information. (Please click HERE to Print Form)
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 11 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. For more youth opportunities Please click here for the First Tee/Essex County Website
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 can replace it at any of the three golf courses for 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.