Staff at Ballantrae Golf Club
Arthur "Butch" Byrd Jr., General Manager, PGA
Butch joined the Ballantrae team December 1, 2005 and is in charge of overall Club operations. Butch came to Ballantrae from the NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he served for 17 years in various capacities including Director of Golf and Recreation, Director of Club Operations, and most recently, General Manager. Previous to NorthRiver, Butch was the Head Golf Professional and Club Manager at the Eglin Air Force Base Golf Club in Niceville, Florida for 16 years. Butch is a class A member of the PGA of America and has been active nationally with the PGA, serving as the southeastern representative to the PGA, Board of Control from 1997-2000, and served as Chairman of the National Membership Committee for 8 years.
Butch has received several awards from the PGA including Chapter Professional of the Year in 1994, Section Professional of the Year in 1995, and was inducted into the PGA Section Hall of Fame in 2004. Butch earned a B.S. degree from Auburn University and was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Army in 1971. He is married to his wife Carole and they have two grown children, Kristi and Betsy and three grandchildren, Joseph, Belle, and Anna Clare.
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Hal Brown, Head Golf Professional, PGA
Hal Brown originally from McKenzie, Alabama has worked in the golf industry for the past 14 years. He began his professional career at Bent Brook Golf Course in 2001 and has continued his career employed at Ballantrae Golf Club starting June of 2004 . Hal is a class A member of the PGA of America and has an A.S. Degree in Business and a Golf Course Management Certificate from Shelton State. Hal was first employed as the Second Assistant, then promoted to First Assistant and now to Head Golf Professional. In 2010 Hal was named the Dixie Section PGA Merchandiser of the Year. He is married to his wife Trina. They have a son named Davis and a daughter named Ava.
Gary Bush, C.G.C.S, Course Superintendent
Gary graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Agriculture and has worked in the golf industry for 26 years. His experience includes 14 years as the Golf Course Superintendent at the Mountain Brook Club during their golf course renovation. He is a certified golf course superintendent by the national GCSAA and also holds a certified pesticide license for the State of Alabama.