John began his career in Golf Course Maintenance 35 years ago. After graduating college, John moved to Maryland to become an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. After five years in that role, John accepted his first position as Golf Course Superintendent. In 2005, a Golf Course Superintendent position opened at Owl’s Nest Golf Club, which John accepted and despite changing management, has been with Owl’s Nest ever since.
Owl’s Nest has seen big changes in recent years expanding John’s role to Director of Agronomy for Owl’s Nest Resort. This is a role he enjoys as every day is a learning experience. It is rewarding for him to be part of a great team for a growing resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Joe Clark Jr.
Head Golf Professional - Owl's Nest Resort
Head Professional Joe Clark Jr has been a Golf Professional since 1976 when he was an assistant and teaching professional at White Mt CC in Ashland NH. He was the Golf Professional at Highland Links Colony Club from 1980-1998. He also is a Golf Professional at The TPC at the Woodlands CC in The Woodlands Texas.
He was brought up in the game by his father, Joe Clark, Sr, who was a Master PGA Professional and was the Teaching Professional at Owls Nest Golf Club for many years. Joe Jr has been a teaching and playing professional at Owl’s Nest since its inception in 1998 and has been the Head Professional since 2020.
Joe was also a tournament player from1980-2014 and still competes in several tournaments a year. Joe’s playing record over the years included playing in 2 Senior British Open Championships at Muirfield and Turnberry in Scotland. Qualified for and played in 6 Champions Tour events, Won the Desert Systems Open in Phoenix, won the Maine Open Championship, Cape Cod Open, Central NY Open, Prince Edward Island Open, Nova Scotia Open, US Express Open, and was a 3-time winner on the North Atlantic Tour.
Joe offers instruction in private lessons, group lessons, clinics, short game, pre-shot routine, playing lessons, course management, golf psychology, and Jr clinics. His teaching philosophy is “Keep it as simple as possible and try not to overload anyone with too many technical thoughts. Golf is a great game but it’s not easy. I try to work within their own swing as much as possible and make it enjoyable as well as informative”.
Joe has two daughters, Devon who resides in Seattle, Washington, and works at Navy Federal Credit and Abby who resides in Bedminster, NJ, owns a Ninja Gym and has gained fame as an American Ninja Warrior.
SportsNest Operations Manager
Cole took his first swing at golf when he was ten years old. He played Varsity Golf for four years at Campbell High School, competing in the 2015 and 2016 NHIAA Golf Championships. Cole graduated in 2017 and began working at Amherst Country Club. He then went on to play at Plymouth State University while majoring in Business Management and minoring in Criminal Justice. During his playing time at Plymouth State University, he was offered a part time job at Owl’s Nest in the fall of 2018. While at Plymouth State, he qualified for the NCCGA Championship his senior year and competed at Seaview Resort in New Jersey.
Upon graduating from Plymouth State in 2021, he accepted a position as the Assistant Golf Shop Manager. In 2022, he was promoted to SportsNest Operations Manager where he oversees the daily operations of the golf course and racquet complex.
Head Golf Professional - Owl's Nest Vineyard Course
Head Golf Professional, Bailey Nangle played Varsity Golf locally out of Plymouth Regional High School in 2015-2016. Competing in the NHIAA Championship in 2016. Bailey stood out as a resilient player at Husson University in Maine, playing Varsity Men’s Golf for 5 Years. While competing at Husson University in the North Atlantic Conference, Husson won the Conference Championship in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020. At Husson, Bailey received a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and a master’s degree in Business Administration.
After years of modeling his craft Bailey qualified to compete at NCAA Division 3 National Championship in 2020 at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia. This propelled Bailey towards becoming Head Golf Professional at Owl’s Nest Vineyard Course, formally known as, White Mountain Country Club in Ashland, NH. Bailey became appointed Head Golf Professional in 2020. Bailey offers private and group lessons focusing on pre-shot routine, course management, short game and the fundamentals of the golf swing.
JAMES SWARTHOUT, PGA
DIRECTOR OF GOLF OPERATIONS - Owl's Nest Resort & Owl's Nest Vineyard Course
Director of Golf Operations, Jim Swarthout graduated from Mississippi State University in 1993 with a B.B.A in Marketing and the completion of The PGA Golf Management Program. Upon Graduation he was hired by The Friel Golf Company and named Assistant Golf Professional at Country Club of New Hampshire in 1993. Jim became a member of the PGA in 1994. From 1994-2022, Jim remained with Friel Golf and was hired as Head Golf Professional at Pheasant Ridge Golf Club where he worked with the late Phil Friel Sr on the expansion from a 9 to an 18-hole Golf Course.
Over the next 28 years his duties expanded to include White Mountain Country Club as he became Director of Operations for the two facilities. Jim became PGA Certified in 2006 and in 2008 became only the 242nd PGA Master Professional (PGA of America’s Highest Designation) and only the 4th in New Hampshire. His playing career and achievements started at the Junior level in Ohio and continued thru college and finally at the professional level where he has earned multiple event wins in The New Hampshire Chapter of the PGA and 3-time NH Challenge Cup team member.
Jim has enjoyed playing, teaching and mentoring golf his whole career and welcomes this new chapter to his story and looks forward to the great things that are happening at Owl’s Nest Resort and and Owl’s Nest Vineyard Course.
Cosmin 'Cos' Chiujdea
Director of Racquet Sports
Born and raised in Romania, Cos found his passion for racquets sports at a very young age. With talent and hard work, Cos earned a spot in the top 10 U18 Junior National Tennis Rankings. With his competitive fire, Cos continued to progress his skills and played Division 1 Tennis while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. As captain of the men’s tennis team, Cos was named NCAA Scholar Athlete of the year in 2009 and achieved the NCAA MVP award for NJIT Men’s Division I Team.
Before embarking on his journey with Owl’s Nest Resort, Cos served as a racquet professional in the New England Area for over 15 years, establishing himself as one of the most respected pros in Tennis, Pickleball, and Paddle at some of the most prestigious clubs in Massachusetts. Prior to working at Owl’s Nest Resort, Cos held leadership positions with Weston Golf Club, Wightman Tennis Center, Dedham Country and Polo Club, and Bosse Sports Club.
Cos has goals to further expand Owl’s Nest’s horizons in tennis, pickleball, and paddle by using his marketing and racquet professional skills. With Owl’s Nest under way to become one of the most expansive and premier racquet resorts globally, Cos is looking to make it one of the East Coast’s top racquet destinations.
While off the court, Cos, his wife Madeline, and dog Ruby Lou enjoy spending time in the great outdoors – hiking, traveling, paddle-boarding and biking. Cos also has a passion for cooking delicious food, and his signature dish is Shrimp Scampi – all made from scratch!
Assistant Racquet Sports Professional - Tennis & Pickleball