At big canyon you will truly have a first-class experience. I don't even golf, and dining at the country club made me want to learn to golf! The environment is peaceful and calming, the entire staff (from the valet to the managers) is friendly and knowledgable. The ground are spotless and all facilities from the gym, to the golf course, to the restaurant, to the restrooms are beautiful.
The membership is very pricey; but once you go you will understand why.
No offense to anyone, but Big Canyon is the reason you should have majored in business as opposed to philosophy.
People that say money is not important probably haven't spent time at Big Canyon.
$$$$$$$ priced membership fee. But of course you don't talk about that. Movers and shakers of the world. Tiger Wood practiced here right before US Open at Pebble. Immaculate. Our caddy Kenny is a freaking sensei when it comes to reading greens and yardages.
Now how/where can I find a sugar mama to subsidize my taste?
It's really as good as it gets.
Let me tell you why golfing at Big Canyon is one of the best golf experiences I've ever had.
1. Gorgeous clubhouse, with a full wine cellar, a business center, and two ballrooms.
2. Endless driving range (with attendant who perpetually washes clubs AND maintains the golf pyramids).
3. No hackers.
4. No warning shots from impatient golfers.
5. No "fores", and it was not because the people lacked golf etiquette.
6. Beautiful tee boxes, fairways, and greens.
7. Bunkers as fluffy as Aunt Jemima pancakes.
8. Stuart Cink, aka "Kenny", as the most amazing caddy ever.
9. No group in front of us, no group in back of us...
10. but occasionally, Tiger Woods or Ai Miyazato (according to rumor) would play through.
11. Did I mention, Caddy?
Here's what I didn't like:
12. I don't pay the Caddy money to keep my REAL scores! C'mon, man. Make me look good!
Anyway, the course was very well maintained. The tee boxes were immaculate, the fairways were freshly mowed, the rough was @##*@, and the bunkers were so fluffy and deep that you'd think you're on a beach on the side of a mountain!
The front 9 is very manageable. Not very long, with not that much change in elevation. You can easily make it on the green for par or bogey, but good luck actually putting on the greens. They are tricky and they are FAST.
The back 9 is where things get more fun. Elevation changes, trees, dog legs... you name it. There is a 558 yard and 510 yard par 5 that is just ridiculous.
Amateur Pro Tip: On hole #18, you can get near the water separating the hole from the fairway in two. Club up one or club up two if you're going to hit it easy and aim for the center. The wind is sneaky and if your ball slows down in the air, then it will hit either water or fescue. I went from birdy opportunity to bogey. Not cool!
The $xxx,xxx initiation fee is totally justified.
Big Canyon Country Club is an immaculate and challenging golf layout. I've played here dozens of times while a member of the UCI golf team. The greens are so pure with severe undulations. Staying below the hole is key here. Most tee shots are challenging and down into the canyon to small targets. Most approach shots are uphill and guared by bunkers. There is a premium on hitting fairways to have control on approach shots and stay below the hole. On a summer morning at BCCC, the rough can be challenging while still wet, you don't get much roll and the greens run 10-11 on the stimp. Par is always a good score and the course plays long and tight.
One time I was playing here and Tiger Woods played through my group on the par 3 7th. Best experience ever. In case you don't know, many of the photos with Tiger in his book, How I Play Golf, were shot here.
Another time I was playing here I was walking towards a bench to sit on that still had the morning dew on it. A grounds crewman ran ahead of me and wiped it down. I said "You don't have to do that for me, I'm just a UCI player," to which he responded, "Yes but this is still Big Canyon." Wow. This place is awesome.
The BCCC has become one of my summer stomping grounds.
When I find myself with nothing else to do, which isn't all that often, I hit up the pool for some grilled salmon, a BCCC orange julius or vodka cran, and some time in the sun.
The pool is gorgeous, especially since they remodeled everything. The only downside is the large number of splashing, screaming children.
Besides the pool, the terrace dining area is my other favorite spot. Service is usually very good, although sometimes they seem understaffed, especially on nights when a lot of social members use the club just for dining. That's the only area where they lose a star.
The food, however, is generally excellent. The fish selections are always very fresh, steaks are cooked well, etc. My favorite appetizers are the tuna tartare and the BBQ chicken flatbread/pizza.