When a trio of Long Island potato farmers joined forces with a golf-course designer in the 1960s, the result was something spectacular. The group transformed 180 wooded acres in Middle Island into the stunning Spring Lake Golf Club, which opened to the public in 1967.
The property features two courses, the longest of which is dubbed The Thunderbird. This 18-hole course reaches an impressive 7,048 yards from the tips, and its rippling fairways spill over into large, undulating greens. Its terrain is so varied that it may require golfers to use every club in their bag, though typically not all at once. Spring Lake's second course, meanwhile, offers golfers a less-intense challenge. The nine-hole, par 36 Sandpiper stretches out along a lake, framing rounds with majestic weeping willows.