February 25, 2016
Back in the 1950's Las Vegas was going through some considerable changes. With just over 44-thousand living in the Valley, the town was playing host to over 8 million people annually by 1954. Casinos were raking in about $200 million and golf was making a mark as well with the opening of the Desert Inn Golf Course in 1952.
In August 2001, Steve Wynn revealed plans for a 49-story, 2,455-room hotel/resort, featuring four-acre lake and brand new golf course to replace the old Desert Inn Track. Wynn, together with Tom Fazio crafted out an 18-hole, par 70 layout themed after courses one would find in the Carolinas or Georgia. Like Pebble Beach, to play the Wynn course you must be a hotel guest and be willing to hand over a hefty sum for a day's green fee.
But could the Strip be losing one of its two golf courses - the other is Bali Hai - here in the near future?
Odds are yes, according renowned illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher of famed Siegfried & Roy.
This startling news was published on Wednesday by Las Vegas Review-Journal's gossip columnist Norm Clark. According to Clark Wynn Resorts has set forth design plans for another hotel, a convention center and 40-acre lake where the current golf course is located.
“He never stops thinking about something new," Siegfried Fischbacher told Clarke, meanwhile revealing that Wynn gave the illusionists “a sneak preview of the plans a few days ago.”
Clark's report says Wynn Resorts is studying a expansion plan, but according to a company spokesperson nothing has been finalized.
But before Wynn purchased the property in 2000, the site originally was home to the Desert Inn and Desert Inn Golf Course. The course itself was home to the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions from 1953 through 1966. In 1963, Jack Nicklaus set the course record with a 63 in the tournament.