New Hampshire has 48 mountains over 4000 feet in height*. The peaks of at least ten of them are visible from Owl’s Nest Golf Club. The course’s finest view—one of the best in our sport—is from the 16th tee, where the proper line for one’s tee shot is between the Franconia Ridge on the right and Cannon Mountain on the left.
There are a number of other holes where the line of the tee shot is critical: Holes 3, 6, 9, 13 and 15 also present the player with risk/reward options. As does the second shot on two of the par 5s (the 4th and the 9th)…..an area where course architects often fall asleep. Options are also present on many approach shots. There are only half a dozen where an aerial approach is required.
The least appealing aspect of Owl’s Nest is the routing. Those readers who enjoy cartball (a variation of the sport which is played with motorized transportation) won’t be troubled by the fact that walking the back nine is nearly impossible. I counted six occasions where the distance from the green to the next tee was over a hundred yards….two hundred in a couple instances. Those of you who prefer walking will like Owl’s Nest less.
*Avid hikers who’ve summited all of them—including the author of this review—are eligible for induction into the New Hampshire 4000 Footer Club.
Date: August 29, 2020