When it comes to generating buzz, casino mogul Steve Wynn is his own power plant. The man behind the Mirage and Bellagio casinos and -- for golfers -- Shadow Creek, is back in the neon spotlight with the Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Country Club.
Wynn's palace has all the bells and whistles you'd expect for $2.7 billion -- the most expensive hotel in history -- including a Ferrari dealership (in case you're dealt four aces). So it's no surprise that his golf course is top class, too.
Architect Tom Fazio bulldozed the venerable but flat-as-a-blackjack-table Desert Inn track, sparing only a healthy handful of 50-foot trees that confer instant maturity on his new layout. Like his Shadow Creek course, Fazio achieves an oasis-in-the-desert ambiance thanks to 15,000 pines that cocoon almost every hole and the plentiful water features, including a wishbone-shaped stream that guards the par-3 15th and the in-your-face, 37-foot-high waterfall that backdrops the finishing hole.
The first tee is just steps away from the hotel lobby, yet the course embraces the intimate feel of classic Northeastern tracks -- no mean feat when the Strip is just a 3-wood away. It's a little bit of Scottsdale, a splash of Merion, and a whole lot of Vegas.
7,042 yards, par 70. Greens fee: $500. Hotel guests only.
For reservations call 888-320-7123 or visit wynnlasvegas.com