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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 71
Length 6844 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Course Details

Year Built 1931
Golf Season Year round
Architect Charles Banks (1931) Stephen Kay

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.8
7 Reviews (7)
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Reviews 41
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Jersey N Y C Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Amazing Green Complexes

This course is all about the green complexes. Great conditioning throughout. Every green was a bit different but most were elevated on a pedestal with 10ft + of drop-off on some sides. A lot of template holes including a punchbowl, reverse redan, edan, horseshoe, biarritz and many others.

The only negative I would say about the course is 90% of the holes are straight away so it was driver straight all day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 146
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Philly Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Wet conditions

I had the opportunity to again play the Banks course on an uncrowded golf course. It was wet from recent rains but firm enough for golf carts. Two of us played in a shade over two hours and a single member behind us said he didn't want to play through because he was having a hard time keeping up with us. It's private but if you get an invite it is worth accepting. I liked the course but would not put it up on top ten or twenty of a list or New Jersey courses. It's much above average however.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Challenging Greens

Great Course, magnificently well maintained. Staff is very helpful, courteous. Not difficult from the tee boxes, but the greens are this tracks defense. Greens are fast and treacherous. A real test. Loved it.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 278
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
New York Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

One of New Jerseys Best

Any discussion about the best courses in New Jersey, must include "The Banks" course. Every hole is exciting in one way or another, especially the green complexes.
Course conditions were excellent and the greens were quick. And tell me a course in NJ that has 4 better par 3's

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

One of my faves

Full disclosure...I am a biased member, but the Banks course at Forsgate is one of my favorite tracks. The Banks boasts some of the most interesting and challenging green complexes you'll ever encounter and four of the best par 3's you'll find in the Northeast (each featuring a different classic design...Eden, Reverse Redan, Short, & Biarritz). Course conditions are always fantastic (even in Feb) and pace of play is always brisk. One of my favorite courses!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 146
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Philly Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Banks Course

I played the Banks Course. It is old school with tees and greens close together but unique in some places. I wasn't wowed by the course but I can't say I didn't like it and given an opportunity I would play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
South Carolina Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Forsgate Overrated

This course gets a lot of attention here in Central Jersey and I'm not sure why. I found it to be in great shape and very well taken care of. From tee to fairway is fine. It's when you get on or near the greens is when the clowns and the windmills come out.Huge undulating greens(rolled very true BTW and in great shape). Miss a green and you could be in a bunker 40' deep. Hit it on the wrong side of the flag could put you 40' feet away from the whole or in one of those monstrous bunkers. I hit what I thought was a perfect 6 on a par 3. Ball rolled off the green and down an embankment. The guest fee is over $100 and I don't see what the big deal is with this course. Totally overrated.

Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/09/2020

The only thing clear about this post is that JackStraw6 has no clue about golf architecture or it’s history. That’s ok! Not every course needs to be straight away and a rather unprotected green.

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Commented on 09/02/2016

Challenging course, especially the long par 3's! Good Country Club atmosphere without the snootiness - staff & members are very friendly. Regarding guest fee - I always look at price vs. value received.

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