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4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.9
Conditions
4.9
Value
3.7
Layout
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94.1%
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5 out of 6 reviews
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4.5
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2 out of 2 reviews
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4.5
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6844
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type Private
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 71 6844 yards
Banks 71 6677 yards 72.4 136
Member 71 6364 yards 70.8 134
Forrester 71 6102 yards 69.5 132
Club 71 5678 yards 73.9 130
Scorecard for Banks
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Tournament M: 73.3/138 384 420 216 347 417 350 217 603 529 3483 416 373 163 549 437 330 404 239 450 3361 6844
Banks M: 72.2/136 375 420 194 347 417 350 187 570 519 3379 416 369 140 529 434 328 402 235 445 3298 6677
Member M: 70.6/134 W: 78.3/143 367 398 182 332 403 334 179 551 501 3247 408 349 140 519 396 318 388 201 398 3117 6364
Forrester M: 69.7/130 W: 76.8/141 350 386 169 317 348 329 172 525 491 3087 394 349 140 519 392 318 384 150 369 3015 6102
Club M: 67.4/126 W: 73.8/136 350 386 169 317 348 317 165 468 405 2925 394 267 133 462 325 313 340 150 369 2753 5678
Handicap 9 7 15 13 3 11 17 1 5 4 12 18 2 10 14 8 16 6
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 5 36 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 35 71

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

Reviews

4.5
6

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 2
Undulating Greens 2
Elevation Changes 1
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 1
Playing Multiple Courses 1
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 1
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 1
Worth the Drive 1
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Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On 07/26/2018
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Philly Advisor
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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
Played On 07/11/2018
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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 03/09/2017
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
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 02/10/2017
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

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!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 07/21/2016
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Philly Advisor
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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Average
Played On 05/15/2016
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Top 250 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 of Play Excellent
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yankeeswin
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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