If you are searching for an ideal getaway during mid to late summer, you have to check out the Owl’s Nest Resort and Golf Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
The property boasts some of the finest views in the region and the golf course has been rated one of the top 100 “must plays” in New England. The club has partnered with local lodging facilities to provide stay and play packages and special offers that merge the best golf rates with fine accommodations and amenities.
Right from the moment you drive up to drop your clubs off and prepare to start your round, the panoramic beauty of the area hits you. The clubhouse at Owl’s Nest sits atop a knoll surrounded by mountain views everywhere you look.
“Even though the weather has been iffy our rounds are up over last year,” says Charlie Wheeler, the club’s head professional. “We opened April 16 this year and that was 10 days ahead of the previous year. The course is in good shape.”
Wheeler said the attraction of Owl’s Nest for day-trippers and locals alike is twofold.
“First, the golf course is top notch, and secondly the views are unmatched anywhere else in New England. We have nice stay and play packages and our food and beverage amenity is excellent.”
The course can be divided into three sections: the first six holes surrounding the clubhouse feature a links style routing. Mounding on the perimeter of the holes bring stray drives back into the short grass, a nice plus for average to less-than-average players.
The middle six holes wander through fields and around a four-acre pond, which makes accuracy on several holes a must.
And the final third of the course sits atop “Sunrise Hill,” and offers simply stunning mountain views and challenging shot values.
The course plays 6,818 yards from the tips, but there are four other sets of tees to meet the playing abilities of all visitors.
The number one handicap hole is the 542-yard fourth, a par-five that demands superb accuracy both off the tee and on the layup second shot. The hole is made tougher by the pond that sits on the right side of the green.
The par-threes are all testers, with two, the 213-yard seventh hole and the tough 220-yard 14th, calling for precise long irons or fairway woods off the tees.
The front side ends with another strong par-five, a 541-yarder that is most logically approached as a three-shot hole.
The back side features some of the best views on the course. The rugged 428-yard par-four 12th hole offers scintillating looks at the White Mountains as the fairway snakes it way downward toward the green. The beastly 473-yard par-four 16th hole also has some jaw dropping glimpses of the mountains and valleys below, and the reachable in two, 526-yard par-five penultimate hole tumbles down to a large putting surface.
The course ends in stunning fashion as the modest 377-yard par-four 18th plays uphill back to the clubhouse where one can relax and continue to admire the views while sipping a cold one or enjoying a bite to eat from the grill.
The club runs weekly and monthly specials, Wheeler says, that can be accessed on the club’s time sensitive website.
Owl’s Nest Resort and Golf Club