Forsgate is a below the radar course in the style of Macdonald-Raynor with really good prototype holes. This shouldn’t be surprising since the course was designed by one of their protégés, Charles Banks. The par three holes really shine at Forsgate. The most outstanding hole on the course is the 17th, a prototype Biarritz hole with a massive swale through the middle of the green. The 3rd is a demanding Eden style hole that plays from an elevated tee over a large gully to a big, tough, elevated green. The Redan 7th is no pushover and the 12th has a large putting surface with large raised contours in the middle in the shape of a giant horseshoe, ensuring that balls on the putting surface don’t guarantee a par. My favorite hole is the “Long” hole, one of the best renditions I have ever played, it is a difficult par five at 600 yards, which typically plays into the wind with a fairway that slopes down a hill from right to left the entire way and to a green that is elevated with sharp falloffs. There are a couple holes that are good but not great, such as the first, fourth, and sixteenth that keep the course from being rated higher. In a state chocked full of abundant choices for the golfer, the Banks course at Forsgate sometimes gets overlooked, but it is a classic course that I highly recommend.
Date: September 19, 2019