Surrounded by the White Mountains and ski havens in the winter, Owl’s Nest is the fastest growing resort in New England and has been delighting golfers with Jack Nicklaus’s design for over 20 years. Low key, contactless entry to vacation homes makes it, well, very homey. We stayed in a cute nano cottage that is smartly decorated with a fireplace inside and balcony to observe the new build out of a lake and short course to be named The Hoot.
The 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Course is a hoot to play with the front nine holes along the Pemi River Valley. A dinner train from Lincoln runs on the tracks crossed by golfers between 3 and 4. The Pemi River lines number five with a Koa campground across and kids jumping off the old orange bridge downstream. The back nine climbs high with voluminous views of the White Mountains. We were happy to play with member Matt Hinkley who shared course and local knowledge, pointing out the names of all the mountain peaks which he has hiked with his wife Liz. They are wedding and commercial photographers, many of the weddings held here at Owl’s Nest.
Panorama Six82 provides an ideal backdrop for those matrimonial ceremonies with a permanent arbor overlooking the first descending fairway and the magnificent mountains beyond. The bar and restaurant get busy inside and out for lunch, happy hour or dinner. It is the combination of great food and spectacular view that makes it so popular, especially at sunset.
Joe Clark, head pro has worked at Owls’ Nest for 23 years. When Joe isn’t attending to golfers, he is watching the earth movers working behind the clubhouse. A map on the clubhouse wall displays the grand expansion plan.
General Manager, Brad McCoil is busy juggling daily operations and the development plans of the lake and golf, lodging and amenities. Over the next year, the expansion will include the grand opening of a brand-new beach and pool complex, Phase 1 of the Hotel Village, which will be inclusive of 13 new lodging units with 3 suites each along the lake, 4 model homes for real estate sale in the new North Lake development, as well as a Lake House Venue with the ability to host upwards of 500 people. Further, the expansion will include a new Boathouse Venue with a bar and grill overlooking the pool and beach, a 10-mile paved loop for jogging, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, a year-round pool with a new food and beverage pavilion to host concerts.
Brad shares, “The expansion of Owl’s Nest will not only allow people to experience the getaway of a lifetime but will also provide various real estate opportunities to own a vacation home in such an exciting and up-and-coming location.” Owl’s Nest’s expansion is planned to continue into 2022 and 2023, and will include 2 luxury apartment buildings, the “Lakeside Lodge” with 36 hotel room suites with private balconies, Phase 2 of the Hotel Village which will include standalone units and boutique hotels with a brand-new spa and fitness facility as well as lifestyle-inspired upscale restaurant, and more.
Meanwhile, the only Jack Nicklaus course in New Hampshire is reason enough to visit Owl’s Nest. https://www.owlsnestresort.com/.