Starting in the spring and stretching into the fall, it is not uncommon for golfers at Pine Lake Country Club to see a bridal party taking pictures around the scenic 57-acre country club off Lebanon Road in Mint Hill.
Golfers may even see a wedding ceremony taking place on the ceremony lawn near the No. 9 hole at the private country club. And that activity has really seen an uptick the last two years thanks to an extensive renovation at the club.
Pine Lake Country Club hosts weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and engagement parties for members and non-members alike, but the recent upgrades at the club have increased wedding-related business by at least 50 percent.
The renovations were the first major upgrades in over two decades. Before the renovations, the ballroom and dining room had a more 1970s and 1980s feel and look.
Pine Lake Country Club food and beverage manager and wedding planner Miria Cortez said the staff stays busy hosting wedding-related events.
“The renovation has actually helped out a lot,” Cortez said. “Before the renovation, the room had so many mirrors that it made the space look smaller. Now, it is very open. It is bright and cheery. The room brings in a lot of happiness for that specific day once it is decorated.”
The ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests for a wedding reception and the faux wood flooring creates a space for dining and dancing. The large windows in the ballroom offer views of the golf course and lake off of the No. 9 hole.
“We are one of the few venues in the area that can handle that many people,” General Manager Sherri Taylor said. “We also have a beautiful outdoor wedding space, and we do a lot of outdoor ceremonies. You can do your ceremony here and then come in and do your reception after. We also have had indoor ceremonies.’’
Cortez said the outside ceremony location sells itself.
“The backdrop of trees and the bridge that crosses the lake at No. 9 is beautiful,” she said.
Pine Lake offers a wide range of menu and drink options, from sit-down dinners to light hors d’oeuvres to cash or open bars. Wedding parties are allowed to bring in their own wedding cake, which the staff will help serve.
“Our executive chef, Lee Shuff, is awesome,” Taylor said. “He has helped turn the club around, as well.”
Saturday wedding events are by far the most popular but Pine Lake Country Club has hosted events on Sundays and even a Wednesday.
One of the first questions Cortez asks a future bride and groom is how they met.
“It brings a lot to the table when you are about to plan a wedding,” Cortez said of asking couples how they met. “From then on, we take the stress from them in planning the wedding. We want them to feel comfortable. We want them to be happy. We take care of every single detail.”
That includes recommending a photographer, a disc jockey or whatever a couple needs. The club also provides linens and table lighting among other items as part of their service.
The staff also gets an assist at times from member Mandy Messer, who is an interior designer and an event planner by trade.
“Whenever they call, I come,” Messer said. “I like doing space allocation, tablescapes, the flowers, the flow. A lot of them do it themselves, but I am always ready to help out.’’
Providing a revenue stream isn’t the only benefit of hosting wedding-related events at the club.
“We have had people join the club,’’ Taylor said.