Owl’s Nest Resort to Become Nicklaus Design’s First Golf Course in New Hampshire
Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club has been a long-established destination for casual and serious golfers, tourism groups, and families. Recently acquired by LCJ Holdings, principals Brian Lash and Michael Corcoran have signed Nicklaus Design to recommend and oversee golf course design improvements in a significant development step.
Nicklaus Design is the global golf course design firm founded by Jack Nicklaus and widely regarded as the world’s leading design firm. The firm currently has more than 390 golf courses open for play in 39 U.S. states and 41 countries worldwide. Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club will be the only Nicklaus designed course in NH and only the fourth in New England.
Lash explains, “We are all very excited to have a first-class organization like Nicklaus Design leading us through these improvements at Owl’s Nest.”
Corcoran adds, “Our work with Nicklaus Design at Ocean Edge, an AAA Four Diamond Resort, has provided an experience we can draw from during this development project.”
Nicklaus Design’s work will capitalize on the natural landscape characteristics of the land to enhance the aesthetics of the course, as well as focus on the course’s playability for golfers of all skill levels.
“We look forward to the opportunity in the coming months to further our design work at Owl’s Nest and to start making a visual impact on this great layout,” said Jack Nicklaus II, President of Nicklaus Design. “The northeast part of our country has such a rich heritage in golf, and so it is very meaningful to us at Nicklaus Design to now have a presence in New Hampshire. We want to make certain our work reflects our sensibility and approach to world-class golf course design. Brian Lash and Michael Corcoran have put their faith in our organization, and we want them, as well as future golfers at Owl’s Nest, to be proud of the end product.”
The preliminary plans for the modifications at Owl’s Nest include renovating bunkers and tee boxes, beginning in the spring of 2016. Most of the renovations are expected to begin in October.
“We have always focused on providing the best golf and dining experiences for our members, local residents and travelers,” said Charlie Wheeler, Director of Golf and General Manager for Owl’s Nest. “We are extremely excited to see the master plan come to fruition. Bringing in a team such as Nicklaus Design shows the ownership’s commitment to our resort.”
The project work in 2016 represents only a portion of the multi-million-dollar investment being made by LCJ Holdings.
The master plan reveals a 200-room hotel, 490 single and multi-family homes, spa facilities, wedding and corporate function facilities, tennis and golf programs, two pools, and a 10-acre pond with a beachfront. The plan has a significant focus on the activities available within and surrounding the resort property. Interested parties are encouraged to visit owlsnestresort.com to sign-up for email notifications with updates.