Thunderbird at Spring Lake Golf Club

3.7259500000 3.7 stars from 5 (93)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7035 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Spring Lake Golf Club Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirts and Bermuda length shorts are acceptable.
Credit cards accepted: Amex MasterCard Visa card(s) Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7035 yards 72.7 130
Blue 72 6445 yards 69.9 125
White 72 6011 yards 67.9 120
Red (W) 72 5366 yards 72.2 122

Situated in the heart of Long Island, Spring Lake Golf Club sprawls across 180 acres next to its namesake lake. There are two courses available at the club, the 18-hole Thunderbird and the nine-hole Sandpiper Course. The Thunderbird Course is characterized by its massive greens, most of which are lined with bunkers. Some of the fairways are wide and forgiving, but there are some narrower ones that require extra attention. At 7,035 yards from the back tees, there are a few holes that long hitters will enjoy but there are also some that will test your short-game skills. With the diversity among all of the holes, you may find yourself using all the clubs in your bag. Although Spring Lake's Sandpiper Course is only nine holes, it's just as intimidating as the Thunderbird.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 93 Reviews
5 stars:
31
4 stars:
47
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

80 out of 92 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers locals walkers   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers water hazards   Great for drinks  

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"SLOW"


Ted5584078's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I am only writing this to let readers know that this course apparently does not stick to the alloted time slots, or at least it seems that way. We teed off at 2 pm saturday. I assumed teeing off that late would make the round a little bit less crowded. It took 40 minutes to play the first two holes. On three we were behind 4 groups waiting! The "ranger" said it would open up after the fourth hole. It ended up being a 3-1/2 hour front nine. We left. There seems no way they allowed only 5 groups out each hour. It was ridiculous.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



Pinseaker31's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Best maintained golf course in the area. Grass driving range. They're NOT on golf now. Go to their website to book online.


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


"Greens pure"


u000006077745's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2017

Reviewed on

Excellent greens. Course has a few too many trees. Need to be cut back. Overhanging too far the 11th hole needs a chainsaw and the back tee box is wayyyy too small it also borders a 1700s graveyard and I picked up a ghost. My single cart became a 2some


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Horrible staff"


Joseph5047800's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Guys in the pro shop are rude. The one guy tried to tell me I need a different golf glove before I even paid and caught me a little off guard. Then I played the first hole and the same guy who did work there jumped in front of me with a threesome with his buddies on the friggin 2nd hole and I was only with one other guy. Then at the end the guy from inside rushed us off the course at 8 and it doesn't get dark until 830. I don't know why these guys were so rude, I used to like playing here but won't see me or my friends again. Don't suggest going here. The food wasn't very good and the beers were expensive not very friendly environment.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Spring Lake"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It would have been cheaper if I booked on the courses web site or even called them. No discount here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Poor fairway conditions"


caroleberlein's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways were bare. Staff not friendly to golf now patrons. Experienced this before


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Worst experience ever.. please do not play here!"


dspano3's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Playing golf over 35 years of my life I never had an experience like this. I booked a tee time on golf now for 1 player (me). cart included. i traveled 1 1/2 hrs to get to the course. I Paid my fee and was getting ready to tee off when the starter came to me and wanted me to get out of my cart, (WHICH I PAID FOR and part of the deal with golf now) and move to another cart with some person i do not know. There were many carts available that werent being used. I told him i made the reservation through golf now for 1 person and a cart. At no time when i check in and received my cart did anyone inform me that i would have to share a cart with someone. As i was questioning the starter he went in to get the manager.she came out and demanded i get out of my cart and join the the single in the group who had a cart. She was not very nice. I did explain to her that i saw 4 to 5 others golfers on the course who had their own cart "Why Me". She didnt care just wanted me to switch. Her nasty adititude made me very angry. I then told her i would pay for a full cart fee $17 more. Before i did that, I went to the other single in the group and asked him if he paid for a full cart he said NO!. That made me more upset. I then decided to just ask for my money back which the angry woman graciously gave me back. Waste of gas, waste of time, and waste of my day off. Again i played golf for many years and never have I had an experience like this..<br/> Stay away if you can, not worth your time.. Just a very bad ran course ...


Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/18/2018

I feel your pain!


Commented on 09/15/2015

Hey dspano, sorry that happened. They should have handled it much better. Not to defend the course but I will say that I've played as a single a few times at other courses and they've "made" me share a cart with another single or third of threesome. I don't mind the company so not a big deal to me, but I understand that's not what you paid for or wanted and the course should have respected that, especially if they were not low on carts. I'm surprised because the few times I've played at Spring Lake the service has been very good.


"Best Golf Course"


Akiko03's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's fast & easy to make reservations online, everything set when we got there.<br/> We love this course, it's nice & clean.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good course"


u032529518's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape. Green. Not to hard but not to easy. Wasn't busy around 3pm didn't have to wait on any holes. Was in great shape. Had some good holes not to challenging but wasn't easy either. Worth playing


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"impeccable kept"


u000007423905's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here for the first time, was outstanding. Greens, fairways, and bunkers very well maintained. Would recommend this course to anyone.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Off Day for Course"


Thanasi2737221's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First off I had a tee time booked for 8:45. They day before I get an email saying my tee time has been moved to 8:22. I thought that was odd. What would have happened if I didn't see the email and came at 8:45. Should have at least gotten a phone call.

Right away we get backed up, then by the third hole there are 3 groups waiting. One of the Rangers came by and said that the person who was supposed to open up overslept, so instead of starting at. 6am they started at 7am. Then later comes by around the 13 th hole to tell us to speed up when we were waiting for the group in front of us to tee off every hole. The other customer service issue was the beverage cart came around only once. Eventually tracked the girl down who was hanging under some trees looking at her cell phone.

The course itself was in great shape. Nice layout, perfect greens. I might try it again if there was a good deal, but I'm not going out of my way to do so.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Rainy day back-up plan!!"


Jusuf's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played this course because we got rained out earlier in the morning further east. Found a deal on golfnow n booked it.. Had no idea what course was going to be like, and me and my buds were pleasantly surprised by what was waiting for us.. A very well maintained golf course!! Nice layout!! Definately coming back soon to play WOLF there!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good round"


u845571002's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course many times in the last 10 years and it's never been in better shape. Only big problem was pace of play. Group in front of us had 3 groups waiting at times. No rangers or staff members were there to help alleviate. Staff for the most part was friendly excepting the stater who was uncommunicative. Food was good and beverage cart was readily available on course. Overall a good round with good value for the money.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"GREAT DAY"


niceass's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is probably in the best shape I have seen it the greens are very nice but a little slow other than that the pace of play was a little slow still all in all a great day


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Don't tee from the blues....and please not from gold"


Deeeker's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course...long enough from the whites. ..group in front was teeing from the gold tips. .. hitting barely up to the reds....Please! !!<br/> Chalenging greens and wide fairways....fun


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Very nice place to play"


Fred2030553's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was very impressed with the condition of this course. One of the nicest public courses on Long Island. Pace of play good with the loop in 4 hrs. Staff very friendly. Greens were very tough to read. I will return ti this course. Try if if ya haven't.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always a challenge, never a disappointment"


vevko's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although the 4th hole should be a par 5 rather than a par 4, it is the best 9 holes I've played. Always look forward to playing this course


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/18/2018

It is a par 5 check yet scorecard


"Awesome course"


rowy65's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We play here as much as we can. Especially when there's a hot deal. The course and the staff are excellent. Pace of play never an issue. One of my favorite places to play locally


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Friendly staff course in good shape"


greg1799213's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the back nine of thunderbird and sandpiper for my round. Course is in good shape with little wear on and around the greens. Staff very friendly and helpful. I will play this course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Under appreciated course"


Chris9625102's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My uncle and I played for the 4th time this season. We both shoot in low 80's and use to break into the 70's when in better condition. The course was excellent. We played 3 rounds from Blue making the course 6900 yards. Most par 4's were 400+. Makes a good challenge. One round we paired up with some other guys and played White. Course was shorter but a ton of fun as well from white. Many trees, drives that have to make it down shoots and large beautiful greens


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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