BIG IS­LAND COUN­TRY CLUB DECELERATES TIME­LINE FOR SUB­DI­VI­SION DE­VEL­OP­MENT, TRAN­SI­TION TO PRI­VATE COURSE

West Hawaii Today - - Business - BY MAX DIBLE mdi­ble@west­hawai­ito­day.com JEFF KEELER CLUB

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.

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