Forsgate Country Club - The Banks

4.4583333333 4.5 stars from 5 (6)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6844 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 72.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 71 6844 yards N/A N/A
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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 6 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

5 out of 6 reviews


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"Wet conditions"


sixeagles's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Philly Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Challenging Greens"


autotrimsigns's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of New Jerseys Best"


ozzone47's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
New York Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of my faves"


ChugMulligan's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Banks Course"


sixeagles's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Philly Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Forsgate Overrated"


JackStraw6's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


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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