Designed by Perry and Pete Dye, this course aims to preserve and protect the surrounding environment. The course is lovely: ... More
Big Island Country Club
Designed by Perry and Pete Dye, this course aims to preserve and protect the surrounding environment. The course is lovely: dotted with lakes and splashed with colorful flowerbeds here and there. This course is located upcountry, where the temperature is cooler and the terrain more lushly vegetated than at the majority of other Big Island courses. The designers aimed to make the course appropriate for all levels of player, creating a number of different sets of tees.
I was here when this course first opened and the place was breath taking, flowers everywhere, conditions were just great. We could not get enought of the place.
We went back in 2007 and the place turned into a weed garden and the entire staff was rude and insulting. we are are a group of 12 guys that come to the Big Island each year for a week of golf. We declared that we would never come back to this dump.
We have been told this has all changed, we will stop by this November check it out and see.
I make it to Kona once or twice a year. I played BICC on one of my first visits years ago and I wasn't impressed. A couple of years ago I heard it was under new management so gave it another try. Now I can't get enough of it! It is a super course, beautiful, clean, challanging and priced extremely competitive for the Big Island. This last visit, I took a friend who was leary because he had the same impression I had from years ago. Now he is sold on it too and we went back and played it two days in a row. If you were there years ago and haven't been back, you owe it to yourself to give it another try; you won't be disappointed.
Vic from San Diego
Big Island is the best place to play golf in Hawaii. It is a must for players at all levels.
The greens are fantastic--the best in Hawaii--bent grass, lush, true..
The weather is great since the golf courses' location is at about 2000 feet. Little or no wind or rain. For the avid golf or the beginner there is a tee box to test you skill. The wildlife around the course adds to the experience.
This is a MUST play and the price is not out of line like the resort courses of Kona and the Kohala Coast.
I have been to Big Island Country Club several times and have never been disappointed. One of the nicest features of the course is its elevation. When playing the beach courses becomes too hot, which is often, we head up to Big Island, which is much cooler. The views are amazing, wildlife everywhere (my wife loves the birds, we have even seen a little pig run by us), and the course itself is awesome. Each hole presents a different challenge, my favorite is the sixth – a very long par 5 where you hit between a large tree to your left and a huge hillside bunker to the right, if you hit it dead-solid-perfect the ball sails to the center of the fairway and you are sitting pretty for a nice three wood to the green, if not it is going to cost you. The 17th is an island green and the 18th you have to navigate, then cross a lake to reach the green.
The Big island country club is the best layout in the whole world. Played on a mountainside. There are about 10 holes that would be the signature hole on other courses!
There all great holes but my top five were #5 the Par 3 8th. A long hole from the back and if you play mid day the winds are howling. Very difficult to get it on the small green in windy conditions. #4. Par 4 9th A long Par 4 into the wind . hit aknockdown drive here or the ball flies up in the wind goes into the pond. Great shaped green and the ball runs right off the back if you hit it long. #3 The Par 4 18th is the best closing hole i have ever played!! The high part of the green makes it very difficult to read and land a good shot if the pin is in the back left. The moat is perfectly positioned too. #2 The Par 5 12th Good length and undulated fairways which makes it difficult to hit your second shot to such a narrow landing area. Great par 5. #1 The Par 3 17th a great hole with an island green. Take a few tee shots because it is the best hole on the course. Also difficult to birdie from 180 out and if the pin is at one end of the green and you're at the other,expect bogey. i wrote such a long comment because this was a great course with so many great original holes. i want to do justice to this couse.
Have played there twice and will not go back until it is rescued. It is truly and diamond in the deep rough. While the rates are low for Hawaii golf you can play Hapuna for the same price and have a much better experience. I paid $85.00 at both courses. The first time I played at Big Island CC the greens were so water logged you had to be careful on how you walked. The lakes were mud holes and the general course condition was poor. It truly needed a lot of TLC. Thinking things would be better the next time I vacationed on the big island, I went back and the course was in slightly better shape but the staff was terrible. We had a flat tire on one of the carts and the attendant was all put out he had to bring out another one. Two holes later the battery went dead on the other cart. Luckily we were near the cart barn and we pushed to them and got another cart. It’s obvious this course is victim of a construction project gone badly. When a company finally comes to its rescue and puts a couple of million into the course and finishes the club house, (it’s only a slab right now), it will be a great course. For now I would play at other courses like The Kona Country Club Mountain & Ocean courses. The Mountain course is the best kept secret on the island and if you play it in the afternoon you’ll be treated to a beautiful sunset. Or you even try the Waimea Country Club you would have a much better time and also feel like you got your money’s worth.
Excellent Dye Design course that needs some TLC. Not all of the cart paths are paved, nor are all of the tees well marked.
It is a good challenge of golf that is well worth the drive. Excellent holes would include the sequences of 6-9 and 16-18. Though much is made of the island green of 17 both 16 and 18 are sterner tests. Eighteen is one of the best finishing holes on the Big Island.
The greens were slower in comparison to Hualalai, Hapuna and Kona and are a Bent/Poa Annua blend.
It is a must play on any trip to the Big Island. You will like it.
The staff and grounds people are great. The condition of the course is top notch. Fun place to play. Love 17. Under Noah (sp) management, course has become more user friendly.
Slight negitive is the late afternoon wend. Can be a challange.
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