Essex County to upgrade Francis A. Byrne Golf Course in West Orange – Essex News Daily

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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., 11th from left, is joined by county leaders and others as he announces an ongoing project to upgrade the Francis Golf Course A. Byrne at West Orange.

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced Friday, September 30 that a project to upgrade the Francis A. Byrne Golf Course in West Orange is underway.

“The Francis Byrne Golf Course in Essex County is known for its historic features and beautiful vistas. The work we are doing will resolve long-standing issues affecting the course, upgrade drainage and irrigation systems and improve playing conditions,” DiVincenzo said.

“Projects like these bring our community together for a personal experience. They unite our diverse community and help cross borders and break down barriers,” said Commissioner Brendan Gill.

“The county’s public yards continue to be great for Essex residents and will be even better when this project is complete,” Sheriff Armando Fontoura said.

“Our courses have become so popular,” said Essex County Golf Manager Tim Christ, referring to recent upgrades to Hendricks Field Golf Course in Belleville and Weequahic Golf Course in Newark. “With these improvements, Francis Byrne is going to be spectacular,” he said, adding that the number of games scheduled for Essex County’s three golf courses is expected to exceed 100,000 games in 2022.

The project includes rebuilding sand bunkers, rebuilding and expanding tee boxes, rebuilding greens, installing new turf or improving existing grassy areas, repairing cart paths and upgrading drainage and irrigation systems. Work to remove dead and decaying trees began in early September. Nine holes will remain open to Francis Byrne during construction.

Galloway Township’s Kay Golf Course Design was awarded a $285,000 professional services contract to design the golf course improvements. Turco Golf Inc. of Pompton Lakes was awarded a $6,837,631 public tender contract to complete the construction. Essex County entered into a labor agreement for the project to secure union labor for the golf course improvements. The project is funded by the Essex County Capital Budget and a grant from the Essex County Recreation and Open Spaces Trust Fund Advisory Board. Completion is scheduled for April 2023.

The Francis Byrne Golf Course was a private golf course before the county acquired the property in 1978. It is named after Francis Byrne, a community leader from West Orange and township commissioner for 15 years.

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