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2.6
66 Reviews (66)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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20
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
10
Conditions
2.4
Value
2.9
Layout
2.8
Friendliness
3.4
Pace
3.6
Amenities
2.4
49.8%
Recommend this course
44 out of 66 reviews
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3.3
3 Reviews (3)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
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0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.0
Value
2.7
Layout
3.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
4.0
66.7%
Recommend this course
2 out of 3 reviews
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2.6
7 Reviews (7)
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1
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3
Conditions
2.4
Value
2.4
Layout
2.6
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.6
StaffFriendliness
3.3
42.9%
Recommend this course
3 out of 7 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 67
Length 5193 yards
Slope 107
Rating 65.0

Course Details

Year Built 1931
Golf Season Year round
Architect Alex Findlay (1931)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

2.6
66 Reviews (66)
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Previously Played

What a SCAM

Booked an 18 hole round today starting at 4:30. Tee’d off on time and we were enjoying a fun round of golf when all of the sudden at 8:13 some employee in a cart informed us that we needed to turn in our carts at 8:15.

What ?!?!

30 minute of light is left and we are on 16 ......and we have to leave ?!?!?

What a total scam.

Nobody told us ahead of time that there was a well before dusk forced closing.

So we played 16 and left feeling hollow , cheated and very disappointed.

Nobody was around besides a cart attendant to speak with and supposedly some guy named Gary is in charge.

What a total disappointment.

BE WARNED

JOHN BYRNE IS A JOKE FOR SUMMER EVENING PLAY.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Perfect Practice Round

JFB is the perfect course for beginners or anyone looking to squeeze in a quick practice round. The course is in good enough shape that talented players can work on their game, but it is by no means a country club. It is a short course, there are no amenities, and I wouldn't recommend its going to be your only round of the week. But if you're looking to squeeze in a few holes for $20 on a weekday, this place is perfect.

Consider this a glorified par-three and you will not be disappointed.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Course review

Greens need a little work,,,cart path needs some work done,,,fairways needs a little work done.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Very cheap. Not good for your money.

I thought since it was a shorter course, the $25 greens fees would be fair, however, this was still too much money for how this course is kept. The cart paths look like they've been beat up with jackhammers, and the carts themselves had form exposed and were difficult to navigate. with this combination i ended up hurting my wrist going over a cart path because it was too bumpy.

Furthermore, they spraypaint their greens each morning and since I went early in the morning and it was still wet, I got green paint on my balls, gloves, clubs, pants, and my hand which took two days to wash out.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sad

I haven’t played here in over 10 years but it is beat up badly. The cart paths and bridges are so beat up that I’m sore from driving the cart through the course. The grass had gotten so high that while they cut it, balls were lost in the cut blades. The price and location worked well for what we were looking for but if I knew how bad the conditions were, I would have driven an extra half hour and paid an extra $20 to play somewhere else. I used to love playing here but it’s in really bad shape right now. I guess it’s just a sign of the times as I was told that joke cant be marked anymore because kids come and steal the signs.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/20/2019

Thank you for your feedback. We take your opinion seriously, and are working everyday to improve the customer experience. Please email info.johnbyrne@golfphilly.org if you have other comments or concerns. Have a great day!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/24/2019

Thanks for your 5 star review. We hope to see you back again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Needs help!

The water and mud were terrible today. They have to do something about the cart path. It’s just a mess. The tee boxes are like hitting out of bunkers. I would rather pay a few extra bucks to have a well maintained course.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 07/24/2019

Thank you for your feedback. We take your opinion seriously, and are working everyday to improve the customer experience and course conditions. If you have any other comments or questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at info.johnfbyrne@golfphilly.org.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

byrnes review

played at byrnes for years. you cant ask for much more for the price to play. perfect for beginners or advanced players who like to fly around the course and get as many holes in as possible.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/24/2019

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and feel that it's a great value. Hope to see you back again soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

City course

It’s a good place to work on your game. Bunkers, tee boxes some fairways, carts and cart path need work. I will play again as it is close and a great value.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 07/24/2019

Thanks for your review. We appreciate your honesty on course conditions and are glad that you find our course to be a great value. Hope to see you back again soon.

Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Needs A Lot of Work

Tee boxes need a lot of work
Rough and fairways need to be cleaned up
Greens need to be cut better (like putting on a fringe, too fluffy)

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 07/24/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to leave your review and comments. We take customer feedback seriously and want to do all that we can to provide a great experience for our guests. Our agronomy team is hard at work to get the course conditions to the best that they can be every day. We appreciate your patience. Thank you!

Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
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Commented on 07/30/2019

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and are working hard to improve the customer experience. Please let us know if there is a specific service area you are dissatisfied with.

Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

This Place Needs Work

This was my second time playing here. First time I paid for 18 holes late in the day. The back 9 had a lot players so I decided to play the front twice. After 4 holes the second time around, they were going around collecting the flags to wrap their day up. The sun had even set yet! Second time, I Called in earlier to get a 9 hole walking rate. They said $20. When I got there, they say “we don’t offer 9 hole rates”....like what? They were nice enough to give me the discount but the course itself is not maintained well at all. A lot of tee boxes are literally like hitting out of a bunker, all sand. Grass on greens was Long so they were really slow. Fairways were the best part and even they are average. $25 isn’t even worth these conditions

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/05/2019

Thanks for your review. We apologize for the miscommunication and greatly value your feedback. We are working hard to improve the customer experience.

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Frustrated.

Have played John Byrne countless times, but today was beyond frustrating. We teed off at 4:40 and were not told we had to bring the carts in at any certain time, so we assumed we could play until sundown. On the 16th hole, at 7:15pm(40 minutes before the sunset) we were told we could not continue as the cart has to be in. Ridiculous. No notice, plenty of sunlight. We literally had another 45 minutes to finish our round. I didn’t pay for 16 holes. Even as we were told to finish the hole we were on, the cart attendant pulled the pin off the green as we drove to our second shots even after we were told we could finish that hole. If we were given a heads up at check in, that would’ve been one thing but it was completely uncalled for to cut our round short because someone wanted to go home early. Won’t be coming back anytime soon and be aware they have zero regard for customers. I get Byrne is a Philly muni but still, not acceptable.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/20/2019

Hi Shawn, thanks for your feedback. We are sorry about the lack of communication about this policy and that you were on the short end of it. Unfortunately, we've experienced consistent issues over the past couple of years where local teens and young adults steal the pins if we leave them in close to dark. As such, we've had to adopt stricter policies regarding pins and carts. Regardless, the staff should have communicated this with you and for that we apologize. If you have other comments or concerns, please email info.johnbyrne@golfphilly.org. Have a great day!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Previously Played

Good ol brynes

25 bucks can’t beat it, to go out n hit some balls play 18 in less then 3 hours . Just don’t fall into the malieria water pits in the sand and on each side of the bridges .

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/20/2019

Thank you for your feedback. We take your opinion seriously, and are working everyday to improve the course conditions and golfer experience.

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 07/30/2019

Thank you for your review. Please let us know if there is a specific service area you are dissatisfied with. We value your feedback.

Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

J Pop

Just plain horrible. The cart path was the worst I’ve ever seen

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

John Byrne

This was a great course for mediocre golfers. Challenging enough to better yourself but not to much where you never want to play again. I wish the course was marked better, but other then that great for inner city golf course. Would recommend

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 64
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

be aware of your surroundings

Yes some of the holes have incoming, just look for people blasting off on other tees because there is a good chance that they are going to land in your fairway. Once you play here a few times and know what to look for it becomes a lot less dangerous. I highly recommend riding if one is suffering from constipation, I promise a round here a week will be having you regular like nobodies business. Seriously, if you keep expectations in check you might just be glad you played here. Not for the elites, that course is across the street.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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