The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Watermark Country Club blends the upscale sophistication one expects from an exclusive locale with the down-home warmth of a small, intimate venue. Situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this elegant club is located near the Grand River and approximately 30 short miles east of Lake Michigan.
All are welcome at the Watermark Country Club, both non-members and members alike hold their wedding at this versatile venue. The club makes the bride and groom a top priority on their wedding day, allowing them to customize their decor in the newly renovated facility to suit their preferences. With lush landscaping surrounding the club building, the happy couple may choose to have their first-look photograph taken on the private patio that overlooks the scenic golf course.
The contemporary design of the Watermark Country Club lends itself well to the relaxed beauty of the area. The wedding ceremony can be held outdoors overlooking the stunning fairways or by one of the many beautifully landscaped accents throughout the grounds. The rehearsal dinner, wedding party celebration, wedding reception or after-wedding brunch can be held in the expansive ballroom, tented outdoors area or one of their many intimate event spaces, which seat between 40 and 400 guests. The possibilities are numerous for a chic, modern wedding and reception all in one welcoming place.
What You Should Know
The special on-site corporate Chef Glenn Forgie and the rest of the team of professional chefs at the Watermark Country Club make assure that each wedding day menu is diverse, delectable and customized to suit all of your guests’ dietary needs. Many different package options and budget structures are available for planning the dinner and bar menus. In fact, if you decide to hold the wedding reception at the club, you will also receive a discount for having a rehearsal dinner and a post-wedding brunch on-site. Both wedding party and guests will be thrilled to have the opportunity to return the lovely locale.
Wedding festivities at the Watermark Country Club are surrounded by the beauty of their one-of-a-kind grounds and pristinely manicured golf course. There are many unique outings for guests to enjoy in and around the country club as well. The club also offers the following:
- Liability insurance is provided by the venue for the bride and groom
- The facilities are handicap-accessible to accommodate all guests
- The club is a short distance from both Walden and Wood Lake
- Guests may enjoy nearby attractions such as the John Ball Zoological Garden, the Gerald R. Ford Museum and Heritage Hill
From the Vendor
Celebrate With Us!
Experience your special day with Watermark Country Club. Watermark offers outdoor wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, post wedding brunches, and of course, absolutely stunning wedding receptions. Your guests can enjoy cocktails on the private patio, overlooking the beautiful golf course. Our newly renovated space has a gorgeous, contemporary feel that is sure to awe your guests upon arrival. Our Corporate Chef Glenn Forgie, along with our team of executive chefs, have created an amazing menu. We have many bar and dinner options perfect for your big day. If you book your reception with Watermark, you also receive discounts on your rehearsal dinner and post wedding brunch! Let us make your big day incredible.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Country Club, Restaurant, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
Gorgeous reception, fabulous staff!Reviewed on 10/25/2012 Taylor L
Having my reception at Watermark was absolutely the right choice! My wedding was early fall, so the colors were beautiful! We worked with Krystle and she was fantastic! We really enjoyed her! Our reception even made it on their website! The only tip I would give brides is to make sure that your costs are right. Check your bills! Be sure that you're being given the prices you were quoted. I know that staff is busy, so it's easy to miss little things. Best to just check it over yourself.
Aim to Please!Reviewed on 10/17/2011 mariya s
Wonderful on site consultants, excellent service staff, very helpful and knowledgable! Great with coordinating vendors and setup staff they go the extra mile to please! Food was excellent for our Rehearsal Dinner (family style), with Habachi S'Mores for dessert! Formal sit down Reception dinner with three different entree options was prompt and cooked to perfection. I was impressed by the friendliness, professionalism and integrity of all the staff at Watermark!
Could Not Have Asked For A Better VenueReviewed on 9/04/2011 Kristin B
Watermark was very close to our ceremony site, so we selected it mainly for the purpose of convenience. HOWEVER, once the planning process got under way, Watermark was AMAZING! Faith helped in every step of the process, making sure that I was informed and happy about decisions. She worked with our budget as much as possible. The food is TO DIE FOR! The hall was beautiful! We got to use the golf course for pictures! I could go on and on about how thankful I am that I found Watermark!
We chose Watermark CC because of the beautiful ballroom and windows looking out over the golf course, the parking, the spaciousness, and the excellent reputation it has in this city. We worked with Chaparral, and found her to be a dream coordinator! Everything about the process of planning a winter reception there was easy, flexible, and high-end. The food was excellent, the bar and selections were great, and the staff were caring, very responsive, and professional. We feel we made the best choice in Grand Rapids!
We chose Watermark Country Club because of the beautiful reception space and couldn't have been happier! The food was great, the service was wonderful, and Chaparral was so easy to work with! I can't say enough good things about this venue and would recommend it to all future brides!
Wedding VenueReviewed on 6/30/2015 Corey B
Chaparral was wonderful to work with and its a beautiful location!
A night I will never forgetReviewed on 9/01/2013 Sarah M
They really worked hard to make sure the day was special with little details that I wanted, ie changing the electronic board for us. Jeanette was great at responding back to my emails quick and she made sure that we felt comfortable and confident with everything. The food was amazing and we had after hours pizza that everyone loved. Not only was the food great but the venue was beautiful with patio seating and we had lawn games that guests could play. They worked hard to truly make it a night to remember!
Good Food, one unfortunate misunderstandingReviewed on 8/05/2013 Julie T
I chose this venue because I had tasted their food before and it was amazing. Not cheap, but we had a small-ish group at our wedding reception (115) and we wanted to treat them. I bought a bunch of beer under the impression that I would get the leftover beer (because I paid for it), but they told me after the wedding that their license doesn't allow them to give me the beer that wasn't drunk. That was very frustrating because it was a big waste of money. Other than that, though, the service was excellent, the facilities very nice, and the friendliness of the staff was great.
Great venueReviewed on 3/26/2013 Jennifer R
We looked at Watermark after my first venue cancelled on us and I am glad they did now. Watermark did a fantastic job. We received a discount for a March wedding. The food and wine were great. They had everything we needed and the room was plenty big. We had one contact to work with for the whole process she was easy to connect with and was even there for the reception. The whole process was easy and stress free and I heard nothing but great things from the guests. The staff was attentive without getting in the way and did a great job.
A few snags but no real complaintsReviewed on 5/17/2012 Hillary R
We married in an off season so there were some good deals out there. Watermark is beautiful, the food is delicious, and we got to book the day we wanted. However, things did not get set up in the time frame that was discussed and agreed upon causing last-minute setups and our first coordinator was not helpful/professional (she is no longer there). I would definitely choose them again!
Poor serviceReviewed on 2/01/2012 Amanda H
Many little things wetn wrong with the service. They rushed our food out prior to the bridal party entrance. They served the wrong meal and after the fact would not work with us to make things right. They also cut the cake incorrectly and broke the cake topper. Overall food was good but service was not.
July 2011 weddingReviewed on 8/18/2011 Michelle S
Overall, Watermark was a good choice; however, our wedding planner always seemed to be in a hurry and have little time for us. The food (chicken and prime rib) turned out great.
Great! -but avoid the 'event coordinator'Reviewed on 7/21/2011 Ashley C
Our rehearsal & dinner, ceremony, and reception was all held at Watermark Country Club. The food was to die for (after gaining the head chef from a disaster of a tasting dinner), the staff was phenomenal in their efforts and really cared about us, and the room looked beautiful, but a lot of that can be credited to our florist/linens. The one complaint we had about Watermark was their 'event coordinator', Faith. She claimed to be very caring and know what quality service was all about from the beginning, so we felt confident in our decision. Had we not been such over-planners and super-organized, things would have been a complete nightmare the day of. She was only there for 2 hours on the actual day, took our rehearsal as a joke, and things didn't go the way she had promised logistically with our guests. I do have to say that Emily, her assistant/banquet manager was to die for. She was literally running around all day for us and was there from 9am-11pm. She rocked our socks off. I would request her above anyone else.
Amazing Food and Drink!Reviewed on 7/04/2011 Kristin L
The food was amazing. Everyone commented on how great it was. YUM!
Awesome VenueReviewed on 6/22/2011 Ashley D
We had our reception at Watermark Country Club in June 2011. It was such a great atmosphere with great food and great service. The location was very easy to find, and it wasn't very far from where the wedding ceremony took place. It is a very gorgeous facility. The staff and event planners were very personable, professional, and knowledgeable. After every meeting leading up to our event, we felt comfortable and at ease knowing that our reception would run smoothly. We were very impressed.
Sunnybrook was greatReviewed on 9/06/2010 Megan R
We had both our ceremony and reception at Sunnybrook. The staff was very nice and helpful and the room itself was beautiful. We also got several positive comments on the food.