Can You Get Married on a Golf Course?

By M.L. Rose
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were married at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were married at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.

Numerous golf courses are parts of country clubs, and the typical country club contains facilities for a variety of social events, including weddings. Even those who aren’t regular golfers may choose a golf club for a wedding site because of the club’s facilities or scenic view, while avid golfers may wish their weddings to take place on the course.

Wedding Tips

Some golf clubs play host to so many weddings that they employ a wedding coordinator. If your chosen club has a wedding planner, “Southland Golf” magazine suggests you take advantage of the service because of the planner’s familiarity with the site. The magazine also recommends that you compare prices and services of several courses if you don’t have one special location in mind. Be sure to verify which services are part of your wedding package. Tables, chairs, linens and silverware are typically included, while music, flowers and the services of a photographer generally are not included. Take advantage of the location by scheduling a round of golf among the event’s festivities, perhaps on the day before the wedding. Some clubs may even offer free golf as part of a wedding package.

Scenic Location

Pictures displayed on the website of New England photographer Bonnie Farmer demonstrate why many couples choose a golf course as a wedding site. The photos show the couple and their guests amid the lush greenery of Kenduskeag Golf Course, near Bangor, Maine. Farmer notes that the groom “grew up playing” on the course, making it a particularly meaningful location. The photographer warns wedding planners to have an indoor backup plan in the event of poor weather.

Golf Course Trumps the Chapel

A wedding between the daughter of Donald Trump and the son of billionaire Charles Kushner undoubtedly could have been held almost anyplace the couple or their families wished, but Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump chose a Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course for the site of their 2009 ceremony. Granted, it’s a bit easier to hold a wedding on a golf course when the bride’s father owns the facility: Trump National Golf Club.

Historic Course

The Hazeltine National Golf Club has played host to numerous elite tournaments, such as the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship. The Minnesota club, a member of the Twin Cities Bridal Association, accommodates weddings throughout the year. It boasts a ballroom that seats 480 people, catering service and a large bridal suite. The setting for an indoor wedding, the club's website notes, offers “panoramic views of our world-renowned golf course.”

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