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Owl’s Nest Golf Course New Hampshire (A Golf Course Review)

by Jeremy B

The picturesque and challenging Owl’s Nest Golf Course in New Hampshire is a course worth adding to your list. In this Owl’s Nest Golf Course review we highlight why you really ought to play this stunning course.

During a recent trip to New Hampshire I was afforded the opportunity to play one of the top golf courses in New Hampshire. The Owl’s Nest Resort features on-course rental bungalows and a championship golf course set to the backdrop of the White Mountains. Ranked behind New Hampshire’s other top course, Mount Washington, Owl’s Nest is a Jack Nicklaus designed course located a quick 2-hour drive from Boston in Thornton, New Hampshire. Here’s our review of this superb course.

Owl’s Nest Review – New England Beauty + Challenging Golf

Owls Nest Golf Course
Picture of Owl’s Nest Golf Course

Key Golf Course Facts

  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6447 (from the Blue Tees)
  • Slope: 130 (from the Blue Tees)
  • Price: $42 to $99 depending on the time of year and day
  • Rental Clubs: Yes ($50)
  • Open: ~May to ~Oct (depending on weather)

Here’s the course video that helps illustrate how beautiful this course is:

How was it playing Owl’s Nest?

As a single I was paired with another group. Due to covid rules we all had our own carts. It’s always a crapshoot on who you get paired with, but the older couple I was grouped with was incredibly nice and we were all about the same level of skill (which is also a bit of a crapshoot). We had a great time playing this tough course.

Unfortunately, we had a late start. Due to a frost delay we were over an hour behind in teeing off and the course played relatively slow, but the beauty more than made up for it.

Owls Nest

The course played hard. While the rough was forgiving, it was windy and there are lots of dramatic holes with high risk/reward shots. Whenever I play an “away” course I also take the risk. I shot a poor score of 92 – about 4 strokes above my handicap.

But, as they say, a bad day of golf is better than a good day of work. It was an amazing experience.

Should you play Owl’s Nest?

Absolutely. While I traveled in from California (which is not always practical or affordable) the course is pretty much 2 to 3 hours from anywhere in New England and well worth the trip. Plus, you can rent an on-course bungalow (although I did not) and stay within walking distance of the course. Owl’s Nest is the perfect golf themed family reunion destination, by the way.

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