Owl’s Nest Developer Tom Mullen was taken aback one Sunday afternoon when a friend and long-time resident of the Campton, NH, community stormed into his office and announced, “I hate this place on Sundays.” After the developer blurted out a “Why?” his friend frowned and moaned, “Because I have to pack to go home.”
Not all reactions to the 10-year old Owl’s Nest Resort and Club are quite that extreme, but the loyalty factor is especially strong among the community’s residents and its nearly 200 club members. To know Owl’s Nest is to love its casual informality, its proximity to the Waterville Valley and Loon ski resorts and, most of all, its exquisitely conditioned and challenging golf course, rated in New Hampshire’s top 5 by the respected Golfweek magazine. Surely the raters were impressed by the large and fast greens, 600-foot changes in elevation, and multiple tee boxes that make playing Owl’s Nest equally appealing to high and low handicap golfers. They must also have felt a little tug at the mountain views from Owl’s Nest’s magnificently elevated tees, especially if they had the good fortune to visit during October’s color explosion.
Although the Mark Mungeam golf course is central to Owl’s Nest, the well-established community has a long list of other assets that have drawn vacationers, second-home owners and year-round residents to its friendly confines. Within two hours of Boston and easy driving distance from most other population centers in New England, Owl’s Nest is the perfect weekend retreat for golfers and skiers alike. That is how it starts for most owners at Owl’s Nest -– first a rental for a weekend or two, then a couple of weeks in summer or winter and, finally, the conclusion that, “If we are going to come here time and time again, why not own a place of our own?”
Why not, indeed? Real estate prices are among the most attractive of all golf communities in New England, with home sites starting in the low $100s, and homes from the $200s. At the new Fox Run Village, 4 bedroom/3 ½ bath single-family homes of almost 1,900 square feet start in the $400s and include a state-of-the-art $36,000 package of modern energy-saving equipment, including solar panels and energy-rated appliances. Some who choose not to use their homes Owl’s Nest year-round enjoy steady rental income that can reach five figures annually.
Conveniently located just two minutes from I-93 in central New Hampshire, Owl’s Nest is a reasonable drive from just about anywhere in New England. The advice here is to take that drive for at least one round of golf and a meal by award-winning chef John Richard, or maybe a relaxing weekend of golf and the best sunset in New Hampshire from the clubhouse deck. Chances are you will be back.
Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club, Campton, NH. For more information, contact Tom Mullen at TNTMullen@owlsnestgolf.com, or 1-888-OWL-NEST, ext. 219. Owls Nest Golf Club, designed by Mark Mungeam: Yardages: 6,818/6,447/6,110/5,686/5,174. Rating: 73.4/71.3/69.3/67.7/66.0. Slope: 133/130/123/118/115. Women’s Rating & Slope: 75.0/131; 72.2/125; 70.0/120. For tee times, contact 1-888-695-6378, ext. 211