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Owl's Nest Resort

Thornton, New Hampshire

By Roger Cox, Editor

A resort/residential development, Owl's Nest Resort butts up against the Pemigewasset River and the wooded foothills of the White Mountains in central New Hampshire. It was conceved to be family friendly, with accommodations ranging from guest rooms and two-bedroom, kitchen-equipped suites to houses capable of sleeping as many as 12. Conceived to be family—wedding—friendly, it enhances a scenic location with such sporting faclities as an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, an indoor glf simulator, a fitness center, sporting lake, and—most important of all since you're a tennis player—a remarkable racquet sports complex consisting of eight red-clay tennis courts, 13 pickleball courts, and four year-round paddle tennis courts, all backed up by staff from Peter Burwash International.

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Pro Shop: 603-726-3076

Racquet sports director Luana Stanciu manages the complex. Originally from Bucharest, Romania, where she was a top-ranked junior. Once in the U.S., she played first for the Universty of Louisiana and the the University of South Dakota. After graduating with an M.A. in Kinesiology & Sports Management, she signed on with Cliff Drysdale Tennis working a various clubs and the Omni Amelia Island Racquet Club in Florida. At Owl's Nest the weekly tennis calendar has some kind of activity every day, including clinics at all levels (including beginners), drill sessions, men's and ladies' nights, and, during the summer, two weeks of junior day camps. For pickleball, there introductory clinics as well as open play sessions.
Courts & Fees. The sports complex includes a combined golf and tennis pro shop.


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Sept. 11-14, 2022: PBI World Tennis Camp
This 4-day/3-night retreat for player 3.0-3.5 bundles 3 nights of accommodations with 16 hours of on-court, doubles-focused instruction, drills, and match play on the resort's 6 European red-clay courts.. It begins late afternoon on Sunday with live-ball drills and a reception and continues through midday on Wednesday with a Laver Cup format tournament and closing ceremony. Participants receive unlimited court time before and after the clinics as well as access to all of the resort's amenities and activities. For more information, visit PBI World Tennis Camp or phone: 830-625-5911 ext 208.

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Owl's Nest Resort
40 Clubhouse Lane
Thornton, NH 03285

Travel Essentials

Seasons. The outdoor tennis season runs from May into October; however, paddle tennis is available year-round.

Travel Instructions. The nearest airports are Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in Manchester, NH, 73 miles to the south. Other options are Portland International Jetport (PWM) in Portland, ME, 104 miles to the southeast, Burlington International Airport, 114 miles to the west or Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), 120 miles to the south.

General Tourist Information. Visit the New Hampshire Office of Travel & Tourism website.