Palm Desert Wedding Venue
38-995 Desert Willow Drive
Palm Desert, California 92260
Video by Gilmore Studios.
Your Desert Willow experience begins with a mile-long drive through a serene landscape, where the resort’s deep green fairways are interspersed with the subtle hues of regional flora: silvery sage, golden-tipped brittlebush, and tiny lavender blooms of the namesake desert willow. A flicker of white is a cottontail rabbit scampering through the fields, and tawny roadrunners take respite beneath the shade of a yucca. Leaving the well-planned town behind, visitors get the sense they’re embarking on a desert safari. However, upon spying the award-winning clubhouse in the distance, any expectation of “roughing it” is instantly dispelled and replaced by the blissful anticipation of luxury.
Desert Willow’s sleek contemporary clubhouse sports a bold portico, yet is warmed by the generous use of flagstone and wood that harmonize with the earthy surroundings. Honored for its environmentally sensitive design that includes the skillful integration of native plants, Desert Willow has even graced the cover of Smithsonian magazine. Environmental awareness extends to aesthetic elements as well; the club is active in Palm Desert’s acclaimed Art in Public Places program, and commissioned special sculptural fences around their golf courses to ensure unobstructed views. Inside, the lobby offers a stunning example of their cultural sensibility: Suspended from the high ceiling is artist Dale Chihuly’s flamboyant blown-glass sculpture, whose gumdrop colors and whimsical curlicues are a treat for the eyes.
However, the most eye-catching element at Desert Willow is its scenic panorama, captured through an entire side of double-tall glass walls. Celebrations in the Firecliff Ballroom look out across beautiful terraces and landscaped walkways to the mountain-rimmed links dotted with trees and lakes. Large enough for a picturesque reception for 250 guests, the ballroom can easily be divided into separate salons. The nearby Lobby Bar with a stacked-slate fireplace accommodates your cocktail hour, and hi-tech built-ins make audiovisual entertainment a snap. At the farthest end of the ballroom, frosted-glass doors open to the Palm Desert Room, used for Asian tea ceremonies, ketubah signings, a kids’ room, or even to showcase the wedding cake.
Wedding ceremonies are simply divine outside on the Palm Desert Terrace, which overlooks the scenic Firecliff Golf Course. The lake and oasis below, along with the sun-drenched Chocolate Mountains as a backdrop, make wedding photos look like picture postcards. Another wonderful setting is the Event Lawn, a sweep of grass that faces the 18th fairway and the shimmery lake.
Where cuisine is concerned, Desert Willow surpasses expectations. Their award-winning chef creates meals that rival those served in the finest restaurants.
As classy and exacting as many exclusive venues, Desert Willow is actually a public facility that welcomes residents and resort visitors alike. Once you take a tour, you’ll no doubt have the same thought we had: “I can’t believe it’s not private!”
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Outdoors, the site accommodates over 400 seated guests; indoors, the ballroom holds up to 300 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the Firecliff Ballroom accommodates 250 seated or 750 standing guests. Outdoors, the Event Lawn holds over 200 seated or 600 standing guests, and the Terraces accommodate up to 600 seated or 1,300 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The club holds up to 400 seated guests.
30% of your event total is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 7 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $150–1,400 depending on the day and time of the event. Meals start at $30/person. Tax, alcohol, and a 22% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: full range
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: house phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: mountains, fairways, lake, pond, garden
Other: event coordination, AV equipment, WiFi
Golf Course Fairways
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Golf Course/Golf Clubhouse
Alcohol: in-house or BYO with corkage fee
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, 6:30am–1:30am.
Alternate Info: Dessert Willow Desert Willow Golf club