Palm Desert Wedding Venue
41500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, California 92260
With the congenial ambiance of a lively social center and the endearing appeal of historic California architecture, the Monterey Country Club both welcomes and charms its visitors. The seduction begins at the clubhouse entrance, where tidy hedges and multicolored floral tableaux adorn a pretty plaza. As you admire the building’s Old World façade, edged in dark wood and the traditional red tile roof, you’re soothed by the sound of water cascading down a triple-tiered fountain inlaid with Spanish tiles. Arched front doors of sturdy oak gracefully invite you to enter.
The Monterey Lobby could pass for the tasteful drawing room of an Early California land baron. You’ll be particularly impressed by an immense wrought-iron candelabra-style chandelier that hangs from a cathedral wood-beam ceiling. Chairs face a soaring cut-stone fireplace, ablaze in wintertime and scenting the air with a piquant, woodsy aroma. Rich oriental carpets and plush furnishings infuse a classic elegance into all the public spaces. On Saturday evenings the clubhouse is reserved for private functions, allowing you to make this glorious entrance hall an integral part of your event. For example, the mezzanine with its carved wood balustrade is an inspired spot from which to toss the wedding bouquet!
An open floor plan has the Lobby flowing into the spacious Main Dining Room. Though Spanish-style décor usually tends to be dark and heavy, the Monterey interiors are awash in soft and creamy hues. Yet it’s the view through the row of arched windows that really makes your reception sparkle: Acres of grass spread before you into the distance; a crystal-blue lake glints in the sunlight, while the snow-capped San Jacinto mountains make an enduring statement in the background. Both the Dining Room and the Sunrise Room next door bring the delicious vista up close and personal. Double doors between the two banquet rooms allow you to use them together for a lavish gala, or individually; perhaps stage your entertainment and dancing in the Sunrise, or reserve it for a view-filled ceremony in inclement weather. At the other end of the Dining Room, the club’s just-renovated Lounge also has a fireplace, as well as a long granite-topped bar for your cocktail hour; a shaded outdoor patio means guests are free to meander outside to enjoy their champagne in the open air.
And it’s usually the great outdoors that brings bridal couples to the desert, dreaming of a sun-kissed ceremony that unfolds in the lap of Nature. Monterey’s two enchanting ceremony sites don’t disappoint. On Nine West and One West, sweeps of manicured lawn stretch to the opposite shores of the lake, accented with a spraying fountain. Giant palms, luxuriant foliage and mature trees gather lakeside, and ducks play hide and seek among languid willow branches. Songbirds come to drink at the water’s edge before taking flight into the clear blue sky. Then, as the rosy hues of sunset begin to bloom on the horizon, you’ll feel as if the desert were speaking to you in a timeless whisper.
At the Monterey Country Club the service is courteous and professional, and the event packages are easy on the wallet—which makes the beguiling scenery all the more amazing!
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Indoors, the Club holds 170 seated, outdoors up to 210 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Club accommodates up to 210 seated or 250 standing guests.
A nonrefundable deposit, which is applied to your food and beverage total, is required to reserve your date. The amount of the deposit is equal to 25% of the estimated event total. 50% is due 6 months prior, and 100% of the final estimated balance is due 14 days prior to the event date. Ceremony site fees range $1,000–1,325 depending on the space rented. Meals range $35–60/person. Tax, alcohol, and a 20% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: LCD projector, screen, podium and mic
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: office phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: mountains, fountain, fairways
Golf Course Fairways
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Golf Course/Golf Clubhouse
Alcohol: provided or BYO with corkage fee
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: not required
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, anytime.
Alternate Info: Monterey Golf Club Monterey Golf Course