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4.7
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4.7
Value
4.8
Layout
5.0
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.7
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Parkland
Par 71
Length 6217 yards
Slope 121
Rating 69.0
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6217 yards 69.0 121
Orange 71 5818 yards 68.0 118
White 71 5478 yards 66.0 115
Gold (W) 71 5185 yards 65.0 112
Green (W) 71 4858 yards 68.0 115
Scorecard for Cougar Trail
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 67.7/119 535 320 130 358 488 426 150 387 198 2992 130 500 180 535 320 171 360 342 356 2894 5886
White M: 64.8/108 500 300 117 330 450 370 130 340 168 2705 110 480 160 500 300 150 300 322 335 2657 5362
Gold M: 62.9/98 W: 70.2/112 445 270 110 330 430 355 110 330 148 2528 100 440 140 465 290 140 290 312 325 2502 5030
Green W: 65.2/109 425 260 100 320 420 340 100 317 138 2420 80 420 120 445 280 130 280 302 315 2372 4792
Handicap 7 13 17 3 1 9 15 5 11 10 6 12 8 16 18 14 4 2
Par 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 3 35 3 5 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 35 70

Course Details

Year Built 1980
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs 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, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

4.7
28 Reviews (28)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 10
Bunkers 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 8
Seniors 7
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Worth the Drive 6

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Spring Lake Golf Resort – All the Trappings of Home and So Much More.

Edd and Rita Vowels never dreamed of owning a golf course. The Louisville natives relocated to Florida to live in the Sunshine state and raise their three young children. Both went to work for the McDonald’s Corporation in Sarasota. After 11 years, working his way up the internal hierarchy of the company in nearly every facet of the organization, Edd an Rita had the opportunity to purchase their first franchise in Bradenton.

Fast forward to 2009 and the Vowel have just retired after 42 years with the McDonalds Corporation. Now it’s time to start traveling in their RV, visiting and exploring the Smoky Mountains. They also spent a lot of time in the Sebring area and frequented Spring Lake Resort.

In 2014 a local bank took over the resort with the intent to sell it. Spring Lake Resort remained on the market for a couple of years and in early 2016 the bank made a decision to shut it down in mi-May if there was no buyer lined up. Immediately residents could foresee their property values plummeting. The only thing that could prevent that from happening was for someone to step up to the plate and buy the property. Preferably someone with a knowledge of the resort. That someone was Edd and Rita Vowels. In April of 2016, successful business owners Edd and Rita Vowels took a leap of faith and became the new owners of Spring Lake Golf Resort.

Spring Lake Resort is located just outside of Sebring, FL and borders Lake Istokpoga, Florida's 2nd largest freshwater lake. A lot of the area around Spring Lake has remained largely undeveloped however you’re never too far from shopping, movies, a dinner theater, bowling, or the world famous Sebring International Raceway as well as other recreational activities.

The major attraction at Spring Lake Resort are the 45 holes of golf: Panther Creek and Cougar Trail are 18-hole championship layouts while Bobcat is an executive length 9-hole course. Bobcat is one of the most popular courses in the area and tee times can be tough to come by during the winter “Snowbird” months. All of Spring Lake’s courses have well-groomed fairways and greens which help keep them difficult yet friendly. Spring Lake’s friendly staff can offer tips on what you’ll need to do to play your best round.

Of the two regulation tracks, Panther Creek is much longer. In fact, at 6,757 yards from the back tees, Panther Creek plays over 1,300 yards longer than Cougar Trail. Back in the day, each course had its own distinctive trademark: Panther Creek’s 4th hole is a 758-yard par 6 (yes, 6) dogleg left. Outside of the length, the hole is further complicated by a couple of fairway bunkers on the left that can easily come into play off the tee and on your layup shot. About 250 yards from the green, a lake comes int play on the left side, while another greenside bunker on the right collects other errant approaches. For some it’s a driver, two 3-woods and a wedge to get there for others it’s a variety of combinations. Whatever your score, it’s a hole you’ll long remember. Panther Creek offers six different tees to choose from and water comes into play on all but one of the holes. There’s also a par 3 with an island green.

Once upon a time – before the course underwent some extensive remodeling – the green on the par three 9th hole on Cougar Trail was the largest putting surface in the world, visible from the moon! OK, I made that last part up. Actually, the green made the Guinness World Records for the World’s Largest Green at over 47,000 square feet; it was over 100 yards deep! Hitting the green was easy; two putting – now that’s another story. As maintenance costs began to skyrocket, the green was repurposed, one of which is the large practice green you now find behind the clubhouse. As you stand on the tee, look at the green and look at the practice green. Now imagine everything in between being part of the green as well. You get the picture!

Even though at first glance Cougar Trail is a short course (5,443 from the back tees) don’t let that fool you. First of all, it’s a par 70. Secondly, the course is full of doglegs. Third, there’s water on every hole and finally, the greens are much smaller – even Number 9! Oh, and there’s a lot more undulation in them too.

Inside the clubhouse, you’ll find Shanker’s Pub and Victoria’s Restaurant. Shanker’s offers a light daily menu including fresh deli and BBQ Sandwiches, hot dogs, danishes, muffins, and egg sandwiches. After your round, stick around and watch your favorite team on one of many big screen televisions; it’s the perfect place to be for relaxing with your friends.

Victoria’s is a full-service restaurant with a full bar and is open to the public. They feature “casually elegant dining” in a setting that overlooks the golf course and canals; there’s also a deck with outdoor dining. The menu ranges from pasta dishes, to steaks and seafood. Victoria’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a great place to host your next wedding or event. It’s a great place to eat after a long day on the course.

One of the nicest aspects of Spring Lake Resort is the Stay and Play component and they have put together some really budget-friendly packages. Accommodations consist of spacious, privately owned villas that are all fully furnished with two or three-bedrooms. Many feature screened-in lanais, full kitchens, living rooms and laundry facilities. A variety of bedding configurations are available and some units are also pet friendly. Rates change every season so it’s best to call or email. Don’t worry, they’ll take good care of you.

Spring Lake Golf Resort Centrally located in the historic town of Sebring, you’ll find a combination of a great climate and small-town atmosphere.

Spring Lake Golf Resort in Sebring Florida is out to make a statement about what a Florida golf resort should be and offers some of the best lodging and golf package values in Florida.. If you’re not looking for the glitz and glam of a high end, posh golf resort, but instead are looking for accommodations that remind you of home, along with good golf and great food, then the Spring Lake Golf Resort should at least be on your list of resorts to consider this winter. And, if you’re looking for more of what Florida’s famous for, you’ll be within striking distance of the Orlando theme parks. It’s also a little over an hour from both the Gulf and Atlantic beaches.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great pace of play

This was a great day of golf. Started on putting green and golf balls were rolling great. Then I purchased a bag of practice balls for only a $1, just enough balls to warm up. I was paired up with 2 other golfers and we teed off on time. The course was in very good condition and the greens rolled out very true. I made some great putts. The pace of play was fantastic as we played 18 holes in 3 hours. I plan on playing this course again soon. While on the 10th green I saw 2 Eagles almost collide diving for the same fish. The fish still lives as both Eagles pulled up just in time to avoid the collision. All around a great day of golf.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Dye

If you enjoy nature this course is for you, lots of gators.the course conditions were above average. The staff is very friendly. good pace of play for a weekend during the season.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very nice

Slow play. Took 5.5 hrs 18 holes. However It was a beautiful day and enjoyed it!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

course lay out is fine

This course is in very poor condition. A lot of dead patches on most greens. Fairways are very dry and very weedy. Really need a marshal on the course to speed up play. Will not play this course again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

Greens need help under const.

Fair way okay greens not well not pull up with right g.p.s. Would not recmend to any one I no

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

better other coures

if you are a good golfer a lot of other courses in the area will suit your needs better.one green was terrorble several others were fair. 32.00 to play????

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

good course

Liked the course will play it again. Weather was great.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Good Value

800 yard par 6 was a unique and challenging experience that you don't see every day. We were booked on the cougar but staff recommended changing to the Panther due to pace of play expectations. we finished under 4 hours for a threesome, with little waiting.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great shape

This course was very nice , greens a bit patchy but fast.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Always enjoy

Always enjoy playing the course. Like the water challenges, good layout.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Shows It's Age

A friend and I were considering staying at the facility for a four day golfing trip, but thought it best to play a round before committing to four days. Glad we did, there nothing bad about the course but it lacks any reason to stay here for any extended time. Lack of money is apparent, many dead palm trees, broken directional signs, no ice or drinks until after 11:00 AM. If I lived very close I might play it again, but only might.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Dave from Sebring

Greens were OK, but the fairways and tee boxes were in very poor condition.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Used cart

Toughest finishing hole in Florida

The 18th hole has to be one of the toughest par 5 finishing holes in Florida. To short, in the water, to long, in the water. Second shot layup, to the right water, left and you can't see the green, to long in the water. Then there,s the shot to green over the water to the green which has a severe incline to the water. I felt good with a 7.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Love the par 6 hole

You will enjoy Par 6 hole and island green. Over all it is a good course for the money.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Needs some upkeep

Course has seen better days. I imagine if the community ever builds out, it could be quite the place. But the economy and the glut of courses in the area may have hurt those chances. Fairways were weedy in many places, greens were slow. It has lots of potential with lots of water in play ( a canal) and good bunkering. I would play here again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

all greens in good shape

great lay out with a good mix of holes. use all your clubs

Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Florida Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Similar to Bartow Golf Course

Cougar Trail course. 1:00pm tee time w/ 3 golf buddies. Short, fun course. Similar to Bartow Golf Course but in better condition. Only 5900 from tips. Layout is chopped up @ some points. Because of this, has a couple of unique holes. Not as wide as Panther Creek course but has wide tee shot landing areas. Some water on 1 side of certain holes. Tee boxes in fair shape. Lots of weeds but playable. Fairways plush. Greens elevated & small to medium sized rolling mid to fast & true. Needs distance markers on Par 3 tee boxes. Gas powered carts w/ windshield but no rain cover in back & no sand to fill in divots. I can tell that this course gets marshy during rainy season. Still a little mushy in some areas. All in all a fun course to play

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

beautiful layout

excellent greens and fairways, you can play it moderate or very hard depending on the tee block color you choose.
I loved the challenge of the 18 hole..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

good value with golfnow

course was in decent condition greens rolled fairly quick.Has a 800 yd. par six,which I parred from the tips.Good value and pace of play.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good

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