BIG ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB DECELERATES TIMELINE FOR SUBDIVISION DEVELOPMENT, TRANSITION TO PRIVATE COURSE
PUUANAHULU — The winds of change have begun to blow at Big Island Country Club, but they aren’t gusting quite as quickly as once assumed.
One difference, coming in May on the back of the mauka breeze so familiar around the course, is a name change to the venue itself — from Big Island Country Club (BICC) to Makani Golf Club. In native Hawaiian, the word makani means wind.
“The name is authentic to the space we’re in, the true nature of the golf course,” said general manager Jason Trim. “Wind might not be the most appreciated aspect of a golf course, but it is indeed where we live.”
Trim himself represents another recent change at BICC, one in leadership moving forward as the new ownership group — OAK Capital, UNIVA Capital Group and UNIVA Resort LLC, which purchased the property in November of 2015 — continues the course’s transition to a fully private club accompanied by the development of a residential subdivision.
Former interim manager at BICC, Terry Clark, last May characterized the pace of the transition as “aggressive.” But another new leadership voice at the soon-to-be Makani Golf Club, managing director Jeff Keeler, scaled back that description.
“It was probably a little premature, getting that message out there,” Keeler said.
He added the process is in “the final stages of the building permit process.”
Clark said last year the ambition was to complete a new clubhouse by the winter of 2018. Keeler said there is not a date for commencing construction on
The signature 17th hole at Big Island Country Club, soon to be renamed Makani Golf Club.