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The Desert Inn use to be one of the grandest resorts in Las Vegas. Then came Luxor, Mirage, MGM and others to claim that title. But that isn't the case anymore. The Desert Inn recently went through a $200 million expansion and renovation. And once again it is one of the premier resorts in Las Vegas. And The Desert Inn is the only resort in Las Vegas which has its own championship golf course on site.

GOLF CLUB: Not only does The Desert Inn Golf Club enjoy the unique distinction of being the only golf course on the Las Vegas Strip, but it is also the sole resort course in the world to have annually hosted the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour events; the PGA's Las Vegas Invitational, the Senior PGA's Las Vegas Senior Classic, the LPGA PageNet Tour Championship. Additionally, The Desert Inn Golf Club was home to the PGA's Tournament of Champions from the event's inception in 1953 to 1966 annually.

When it comes to championship golf, The Desert Inn's world-famous course is rich with tradition. The Desert Inn's world-famous course is rich with tradition since its opening in 1952.

Surrounded by scores of towering palms and mature trees, the highly-rated Lawrence Hughes-designed course features sharp dog-legs and ocean beach sand bunkers. Water hazards border nine of the 18 holes on the 7,193-yard, par 72 course. The Desert Inn Resort & Casino's 1997 renovation plan altered the first hole to a par 4 and the ninth hole to a par 5, which includes a rolling stream water feature.

Each desert Inn golf cart is equipped with the ProLink™ electronic information service. This sophisticated global positioning system provides guests the benefits of a personalized "caddy" as it profiles each hole, determining distances off the tee and to the greens. Each hole is graphically depicted on a screen and identifies such hazards as sand traps, water and out of bounds areas. Guest have immediate electronic access to the club house for beverage service and, in the event of an emergency, the ProLink™ system can pinpoint the exact location of the cart on the golf course.

THE DESERT INN GOLF CLUB CHOSEN ONE OF THE BEST BY GOLF DIGEST: The Desert Inn Golf Club at The Desert Inn Resort & Casino, honored as one of America's Top 75 Resort Courses by Golf Digest Magazine, is the only golf course in Nevada to earn this distinction.

The Golf Digest rating is the result of a survey whereby 300 independent panelists evaluated resort courses on the basis of shot values, playability, design balance, memorability, aesthetics and conditioning. Golf Digest categorizes a Resort Course as one which is directly affiliated with a hotel.

Dave Johnson, Director of Golf at The Desert Inn, commented that, "It is a great honor to be named one of the best resort courses in America, especially given the level of competition represented by the many other courses." Johnson added that, "This award is something everyone at The Desert Inn can be proud of, particularly Jerome "Jonsey" Jones, our golf course superintendent, and his staff."

Golf Club Fact Sheet
  • Designed by: Lawrence Hughes
  • Par 72
  • Acres: 130
  • Pro Link™ golf cart electronic information service. Sophisticated global positioning system provides guest the benefits of a personalized "caddy."
  • Rated in Top 75 Golf Resorts by Golf Digest Magazine.
  • Seventh hole (Par 3) consistently rated as one of the toughest holes on the PGA Tour
  • Only resort course in the United States to have annually hosted three professional Tour events - the PGA's Las Vegas Invitational, the Senior PGA Tour's Las Vegas Senior Classic and the LPGA's Las Vegas International.
Course Yardage
Gold - 7,193 yards - 73.9 rating - slope: 124
Green - 6,732 yards - 72.1 rating - slope: 121
Blue - 6,319 yards - 69.8 - rating - slope: 118
White - 5,884 yards - 72.7 rating - slope: 121
  • Original home of the famed Tournament of Champions, 1953-1966.
  • One of the three participating golf courses hosting the PGA's Tour Las Vegas Invitational.
  • The LPGA Tour Championship, 1996 - Present

ENTERTAINMENT: The 636-seat Crystal Showroom features top-name celebrity entertainment such as The Temptations, Don Rickles, Dennis Miller, Gladys Knight, Ray Romano and many more. A breathtaking crystal chandelier highlights the grandeur and elegance of this intimate showroom.

The Starlight Lounge offers great music and dancing in a warm and intimate setting. With seating for up to 150 people, the Starlight Lounge has live music nightly.

TENNIS: Located beyond the lakes, trees and fairways are four tournament-class tennis courts, lit for night play. A professional instruction staff and tennis pro-shop are featured in the tennis complex. Morning clinics allow players to meet on-site teaching staff and facilitate match pairings. Videotaped lessons, equipment rental, state of the art ball machines and apparel sales are available to both hotel and non-hotel guests.

CASINO: At the heart of The Desert Inn is the 32,000 square foot grand casino. Sophistication and elegance surround guests as they play beneath dome-shaped ceilings, hand-painted in royal blue and gold leaf to create a stunning image of stars bursting across a night sky. The casino includes 450 state of the art slot machines and 59 gaming tables, in addition to four splendid Baccarat salons.

SPA: The Spa at The Desert Inn has long set the standard by which all other spas are judged. Designed to provide the ultimate in total relaxation, The Spa at The Desert Inn reflects the epitome of the full-service European-style spa amidst the beauty of hand-crafted Italian marble statues, Greek columns, and vaulted ceilings.

Guests may experience a myriad of body treatments such as one of five massage techniques, desert clay body wraps, aromatherapy salt glow, balneotherapy with moor mud and thalassotherapy, to mention but a few, in one of 20 private treatment salons. Fitness enthusiasts may utilize a variety of exercise equipment such as treadmills, stair steppers, virtual reality bicycles, rubberized free weights, and a roller-blading machine.

SPA FACILITIES:

  • 20 treatment rooms - massage, facials, body wraps and body scrubs.
  • 2 VIP all-inclusive treatment rooms.
  • 2 loofa rooms with vichy shower overhead
  • 6 whirlpools - 2 hot, 2 cold, 2 body temperature.
  • 6 hydrotherapy tubs, 2 Finnish saunas, 2 Turkish steam baths.
  • 2,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art exercise room: free weights, treadmills, stair steppers, LifeCircuit™ machines, LifeCycles™, virtual reality bike, AB Rollers™, Rollerblading machine, personal trainer instruction.
  • Retail Shop
  • Men's and women's locker facilities with thick robes and slippers.
  • Complimentary fruit & juice bar and stereo headphones.
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Co-ed heated outdoor pool

FINE DINING: Monte Carlo, the resort's signature restaurant, features delectable French gourmet cuisine in an elegant and intimate setting. The recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award for dining excellence and the coveted DiRoNa (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) Award, Monte Carlo exudes the charm and romance of the world famous Cote d'Azur.

HoWan specializes in Mandarin, Cantonese and Szechwan delicacies. Meaning "good luck" in Chinese, HoWan offers a truly exquisite dining experience in a unique setting. Colorful, exotic fish greet guests from an aquarium that is built into the wall of the maple-paneled entryway.

Portofino Italian Steakhouse offers guests a mouth-watering taste of Northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine featuring prime meats and chops. The romantic, candle-lit atmosphere of Portofino overlooks the beautiful casino floor for a truly one-of-a-kind dining and viewing experience.

Terrace Pointe, the resort's 24-hour restaurant, creates the illusion of dining "alfresco" as guests overlook swaying palms and a tropical lagoon. Guests may select from an American/Continental menu as well as special selections from the Far East and an elegant breakfast and lunch buffet.

The Club Deli offers guests traditional deli sandwiches and salads while overlooking lush emerald greens. The Desert Inn's championship golf course is rated as one of America's top 75 Resort Courses by Golf Digest Magazine.

TOWER/GUEST ROOM INFORMATION:

715 guest rooms and suites

Villas Del Lago - 11 Suites: 2 Casa Suites, 9 Lanai Suites

The Palm Tower - 83 Suites: 1 Casa Suite, 3 Garden Suites, 51 king bed/Mini Suites, 28 double queen bed/Mini Suites

Wimbledon Tower - 196 Superior Rooms and Suites: 3 Penthouse Suites, 5 Pool Suites, 1 Spa Suite, 12 Stacked Suites, 175 Superior Rooms

St. Andrews Tower - 117 Superior Rooms and Suites: 4 One-Bedroom Penthouse Suites, 6 Parlor Suites (1 or 2 bedrooms), 111 Superior Rooms

Augusta Tower - 308 Deluxe Rooms: 6 One-Bedroom Penthouse Suites, 4 One-Bedroom Suites, 6 Parlor Suites (1 or 2 bedrooms), 292 Deluxe Rooms

THE MULLIGAN PACKAGE/$163

  • Accommodations for one evening

  • One round of golf

Call 1-800-634-6909 for more information. Or access their web site at http://www.thedesertinn.com.

EDITOR'S COMMENT: I HAVE STAYED AT THE DESERT INN RESORT & CASINO AND PLAYED THE GOLF COURSE. BOTH ARE FIRST RATE FACILITIES AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY GOLFER'S DREAM MAGAZINE!