From Coordinator to Bride: Why I Chose a Golf Course

Why I chose a golf course instead of a hotel or something similar... When Nick and I were looking at venues, we visited different types of locations for our wedding.  We looked at banquet halls, hotels, casinos and golf courses.  Through the process, Nick and I liked different venues. My Oregon native fiancé was not too keen on getting married in a location decorated with traditional Southwest décor, and neither was I. Nick kept saying he wanted some place with a lot of greenery, so I did my best to search for venues that were green in the middle of the dessert.

But why the golf course option? Phoenix has some beautiful golf courses and besides the Botanical Gardens, they are really the only venues that seem like an oasis in the dessert. Growing up my father loved playing golf. He always told me I was his last chance to be able to caddy for one of his children in the US Open. I was horrible at golf; my favorite part was driving the golf carts. Even though I did not go pro with my great golf skills, golf courses have still been a constant in my life. Ocotillo Golf Resort was the venue we threw my dad’s surprise 60th birthday party at so I knew the food quality and how the catering team worked.

During the venue search with Nick, we made a stop at Ocotillo Golf Resort, and we loved the outdoor site as well as the indoor reception site that did not look like a traditional ballroom.

Nick and I did not know right off the bat that we wanted to get married at a golf course. We were open to looking at many different types of venues and found one that we both loved.  Nick and I had a list of our must haves, and we did not want to settle for anything less for our big day.


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