Coto de Caza, California 92679
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Why We Like This Place
The exclusive community of Coto de Caza has always been a secluded universe unto itself—a peaceful microcosm set securely behind a stone entry, and laced with hiking and horseback riding trails. At the pinnacle of its 4,000 verdant acres, capped by a tower that’s visible from almost anywhere inside Coto’s wrought-iron gates, is a chic world within a world: the Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, one of only three private 36-hole country clubs in metropolitan Southern California.
With Craftsman-style architecture that reflects a Frank Lloyd Wright penchant for 90-degree turns and angles, the club’s 44,000-square-foot clubhouse is a theatrical venue for tying the knot. At its entrance a graceful bridge stretches over a pond fed by trickling streams and cascading waterfalls that create a Zen-like calm. After walking up the wide staircase fronting its expansive stone and glass façade, guests step into a lobby filled with rich woods, Mission-style furnishings and light streaming in through floor-to-ceiling windows. While they chat and sip lemonade, you’ll relax and prepare for the day’s festivities in the Ladies Lounge, outfitted with a large closet, TV and cushy sofas.
When your ceremony is about to begin, friends and family will take their seats on the lower outdoor patio, near the flower-ringed half circle looking out over the club’s velvety fairways. As strains of “Here Comes the Bride” begin, they’ll turn and see you appear at the apex of the club’s dramatic stairway, ready to descend the long aisle to meet your groom. With the rolling hills of the Trabuco Canyon as a backdrop, you’ll exchange your vows.
Reception options abound here. For larger gatherings the outdoor pavilion overlooks the greens and comes alive in the evening, with twinkling lights on lacy trees surrounding the adjacent rock waterfall. Count on comfort in all seasons, as the expansive space is equipped with ceiling fans, heat lamps and roll-down sides for wind protection. The club’s Main Dining Room and attached outdoor terrace, with views of the golf course and canyon, is a more intimate setting for post-ceremony cocktails and dinner. Another alternative is the homey Lounge, with its built-in bar and interior fireplace.
No matter where in the facility you choose to celebrate, your coordinator at the club can arrange for many special touches. Opt for a chocolate-dipped strawberry bar with an attendant to infuse the plump fruits with guests’ choice of liqueur; have your new initials scrolled in chocolate on your cake plate; or heat up the party with a flambé dessert station. If you can’t make it to the tropics for a honeymoon escape, create your own singular world at the club: Follow the example of one bride who brought the spirit of aloha to the mainland by importing tiki torches, leis and flowers from the islands for a colorful luau, Coto-style. This private country club is sure to fulfill your wedding dreams and impress your guests.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 180
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 250
- Max. Seated Indoors: 120
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 250
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 350
- Max. Seated: 120
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Ceremony Circle seats up to 250 guests. Indoors, the Main Dining Room holds up to 180 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoor spaces hold up to 120 seated or 200 standing guests; outdoor spaces up to 250 seated or 350 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Main Dining Room seats up to 120.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A $3,500 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date. The balance is due in advance of the event. The Sunday inclusive wedding package is $10,000 for 100 guests, and the Saturday package is $15,000 for 120 guests. Packages include ceremony, cocktail hour, champagne toast, plated meal, linens, valet parking, tax and service charge.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: large lot, valet included
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: canyon, garden patio, fairways, hills, waterfall
Other: event coordination, spa services, athletic center, golf
Golf Course Fairways
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Golf Course/Golf Clubhouse
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required