Combine the beauty of nature and the versatility of a banquet facility and you’ll start to understand why more and more couples are opting for golf course weddings. Every couple is different, and there are as many kinds of venues as there are kinds of weddings, but there aren’t many that include the beauty of nature and the versatility of a banquet facility as well as a golf course. Whether you love the game or not, golf courses have a lot to offer. Here are six benefits of a golf course wedding.
1. A Beautiful Setting
Golf courses aren’t exactly in the middle of downtown, though they’re not always out in the countryside either. There’s a bit of a happy medium with golf courses and the beautiful settings they offer — almost a local version of a destination wedding. A golf course is a beautiful, intimate place, with a feeling of “getting away,” without actually leaving town.
2. Picture Perfect: Great Wedding Photos
What better backdrop for wedding photos than emerald green as far as the eye can see? Whether the wedding is during the warm-weather seasons so the green grass will be the backdrop, or in winter, with fluffy, white snow on the fairways, it’s tough to beat the setting that wedding photographers will have to create some beautiful, lasting keepsakes of the big day.
3. All the Perks with No Membership Necessary
Upscale, private establishments typically come with a membership price tag attached. However, for weddings and events, that exclusivity is sometimes lifted. Hazeltine is one of those golf clubs that does not require membership (or even sponsorship) to schedule a wedding. It’s a country-club atmosphere without needing a membership.
4. More Bang for Your Buck
Instead of booking everything from the venue to multiple vendors separately, a golf course wedding provides the opportunity to book a lot of things all at once. Many offer on-site catering, their own wedding planners, helpful staff for the big day and so on. Sometimes clubs even have special deals or partnerships with local vendors. Everything from flowers to wedding cakes could be checked off the list much easier that way.
5. A One-Stop Shop: Ceremony + Reception
With a lot of weddings, there’s the logistical intermission when everyone has to go from the ceremony site to the reception site. With a golf course wedding, there’s no need to travel, because the ceremony and reception can take place at the same venue.
6. Host More than Just the Wedding
Golf courses like Hazeltine can also help out with all the events surrounding the wedding. Bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and gift openings are all possibilities when you choose a golf course as the venue. It’s convenient because guests can become familiar with the same place. Plus, it’s probably tough to get tired of the wonderful views, great food, and professional staff.
Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.