Wedding Planning? Think Golf Course!

Beautiful Wedding Setting

Brides – are you in the process of wedding planning? Golf courses offer a picturesque setting that rivals most other venues. The greenery, arching trees, and wide expanses of beauty offer a perfect backdrop for the bride, groom, attendants, and participants. The secret to pulling it off successfully rests in the hands of the golf course’s wedding and banquet experts. June is usually considered the prime wedding month, and with June being only a few weeks away, now is a good to be talking about how to have a successful wedding, and Sierra View Country Club can help with all of the details.

Here are some tips written by¬†Sierra View’s wedding and event planner, Richard Payne.

  • Work with a wedding planner who knows the country club or golf venue intimately. That might seem self-serving, since I am Sierra View’s wedding planner, but I can help you stay within your budget, pick vendors that I know do a spectacular job and bring you a lot of value. So if you are thinking of a golf course as your venue, work with a wedding planner who has arranged multiple weddings at the specific location.
  • Plan well in advance. Most golf courses have an established tournament schedule which needs to be taken into consideration when you are picking your golf venue wedding date. In warm climates, such as in our Roseville, California area, you have several good months to pick from in planning your wedding date. Work with your golf course staff to identify a date that works with their schedule and mother nature’s schedule.
  • Visit the venue at the time of the day you would likely want your wedding to take place. Golf courses are beautiful backdrops at all times of the day, and most lovely in the early morning and late afternoon. Your visit will help you determine what time of the day you want photos taken. Notice in the image above, the shadows truly dress up the picture.
  • Establish a budget. Have a pretty accurate estimate in mind when you start your planning process. A wedding planner can help you stay within that budget by recommending professionals, such as photographers and florists, who will provide first-class services for your wedding within your constraints.
  • Ask for references. You should be able to read reviews that brides or wedding attendees have posted on the internet. In addition, ask the country club or their event planner (or food and beverage manager) for references.

Here are some ideas for favors, cakes, flowers, on Pinterest. And here are ideas for your wedding reception. Check out the slide show of photos of prior weddings held at Sierra View – and this is just a small sampling.

Wedding planning can make your head spin. Let your venue expert help you out. Contact me by email at, or by phone at 916-783-4600, Ext. 21. I look forward to hearing from you.

Fifty Shades of Green?


OK, this is a cheap trick to capitalize on the popular movie, but I’ll bet you don’t know how many varieties of trees are found on Sierra View Country Club’s golf course. The answer is at the end of this post.

Golf course managers inventory trees on the courses they care for, with plans for future pruning and replacement. You’d be amazed at how many different trees you play in and around and among on our course. For me, I’ve stuck every one of them. At lunch with a friend yesterday, she remarked that during a recent round she hit four trees with a negative yardage consequence on each one! Every day is “Arbor Day,” she added.

Recently, a large branch from the tree that guards the approach shot from the left on number six was removed. We heard a loud and boisterous hooray from all of us who have exclaimed, “It didn’t go through” on that approach shot. Yes, we lament those truly infamous trees that add strokes to our scores. But think about what Sierra View’s golf course would be like without those fifty shades of green?

Imagine how Sierra View looked in the early 50’s when it was first opened. All of the trees were either native to the property and fully grown (and I’ve seen the footage…there weren’t that many mature trees) or saplings. Imagine for a moment how deathly hot it was for those early members, when the temperature was 105 in July or August, trying to crouch in the smidgen of shade offered by a two-year-old red bud tree.

I checked with Kyle Dykstra who is responsible for the amazingly wonderful conditions of our golf course in all kinds of weather and through all the seasons of the year. The answer to the question is 40. Forty shades of green. There you have it.