Charles Banks was a Yale graduate who taught English at a prep school in Connecticut for 15 years. It wasn't until Banks met Seth Raynor (hole #8), who was rebuilding the prep school's golf course, that he was introduced to the world of golf course design and architecture. Banks' passion lead him to leave his position as a teacher to join Raynor's design firm. Joined by C.B. Macdonald (hole #2), Banks worked with Raynor for five years, supervising construction of Yale Golf Club and Mid-Ocean, among others. Following Raynor's death, Banks completed 10 unfinished projects and then designed or remodeled nearly 30 other courses over the next five years. Banks unexpectedly died of a heart attack at age 48.
Nicknamed "Steam Shovel" Banks, he often used steam shovels for the massive amount of earthwork required in creating huge elevated greens and deep bunkers. These features are most evident in Banks' designs of Whippoorwill in New York, Forsgate and The Knoll in New Jersey, as well as Castle Harbour in Bermuda.
Banks continued the tradition of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor by adapting famous British golf course holes in each of his projects. In honor of the tradition, our 12th hole is a variation of the famous Redan, a par 3 15th of Scotland's North Berwick Golf Links.
- Complimentary Tribute Hat for the first 75 golfers
- On Course Contests (Open to All Golfers)
- Closest to the Pin (Front 9 & Back 9)
- Longest Drive (Front 9 & Back 9)
- Tribute Day Lunch Special: $10 Sandwich (Chef's Choice) & Pint
- Rain Date: October 7th