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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!