Guest (cart included), played on Thursday, October 2012 at 8am
Played here 10-18-12 as part of a group, so I don't have a good feel for the price/value, especially considering all of the superior courses (Lion, Tiger, Panther, Leopard, Oyster Bay, The Pearl, etc.) nearby. Byrd would be an above average course almost anywhere else, but not in this august company. At best, it's kind of a middle-of-the-road layout, without too many memorable holes, although it is a pleasant enough. Lotsa tall, stately trees, a fair amount of water, and many moguls lining the fairways. Also has some resident 'gators. Greens are all large, and most have some slope and contour, but no significant tiering. Conditions were not very good, as the entire course was quite wet, and had been heavily overseeded. Tee boxes had not been mowed, presumably to allow the new grass to take hold. Worst of all were the greenside bunkers, which had zero sand...and we could never get a reasonable explanation as to why. Also, every green front was soaked, so a ball landing short just flat stuck. This made for a tough approach shot with some of the front pin locations only ten feet on the putting surface. I must say, though, that the staff was exceptionally committed to the guest's needs, whatever they may have been, which made the total experience much more enjoyable.