Five things to know: Wynn Golf Club

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The match between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka features all the elements of a Vegas prize fight except for the ring. This heavyweight showdown will take place at the Wynn Golf Club.


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A few blackjack table lengths from Las Vegas Boulevard, the course designed by Tom Fazio will challenge DeChambeau and Koepka to judiciously delegate their match-play chips. A waterfall, monorail, Ferris wheel, and a series of both man-made and natural elements will all be factors on one of America’s most extravagant courses.

“Bryson vs. Brooks” will premiere at 4:00 p.m. EST on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving. And what happens in Vegas at Wynn Golf Club will not stay at Wynn Golf Club. The plays will be shown around the world.

1. A HISTORICAL STORY

Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods all set foot on the Wynn Golf Club site on their way to PGA TOUR victories, although the track was called something different at the time (and had look totally different).

The Desert Inn Golf Course, adjacent to the Desert Inn Hotel and Casino, opened in 1952 and hosted the PGA TOUR Tournament of Champions (now the Sentry Tournament of Champions) from 1953 to 1966. Al Besselink won the event inaugural, but Snead, Nicklaus and Palmer would all win titles on the north side of the Las Vegas Strip (Nicklaus won twice and Palmer three times).

From 1983 to 2000, the Desert Inn was also part of the Shriners Children’s Open rotation. In 1996, Tiger Woods played the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational – his first PGA TOUR victory – at the Desert Inn, scoring a 68.

The PGA TOUR and LPGA champions have also made their home at the Desert Inn.

After the Desert Inn closed in 2000, Steve Wynn purchased the property, including the golf course, and built the Wynn Las Vegas. In the process, he enlisted Tom Fazio to transform the course into the Wynn Golf Club, which opened five years later. Fazio and his son Logan recently returned to the course for another redesign, culminating in a reopening in 2019. There is no vestige of the Desert Inn layout at the Wynn Golf Club.

“Not a single piece,” Fazio said. “All the ground has been leveled. The Desert Inn was completely flat. It was built in the 1950s. At that time and time, you didn’t move… the earth, you didn’t create an elevation change, you just built it on the ground. So it was a very flat desert golf course.

2. AN OASIS OF THE DESERT

The Wynn Golf Club can easily look like a mirage. What other golf course is on the same street as the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty and has a Ferris wheel overlooking the property?

Although it is a desert course, water comes into play on 12 holes. Over 8,000 trees are present in the landscape, including 1,200 from the Desert Inn era – some of the only remains of the former tenant.

“If you were to put on a hat and pull it really close to your eyebrows and look at each individual golf hole and just look from tee to fairway to the green and block out the view of the horizon line, you’d say, wow, this golf course looks like it is in central america. It doesn’t look like a desert trail. It doesn’t feel like it’s in Las Vegas, ”Fazio said.

Some of Fazio’s other amenities in Las Vegas, including recent PGA TOUR locations, Shadow Creek, and The Summit Club, include elements of the desert, but the Wynn doesn’t.

3. A GREAT FINAL

The 18th hole at Wynn Golf Club is a rare par 3 finishing hole. It can be stretched up to 249 yards from the back tees, and there is an added incentive to play it from the spikes. The Wynn Golf Club regularly offers up to $ 20,000 for holes in one, depending on the tee-shirt (the farther the tee, the greater the potential payout).

Nothing in Las Vegas is complete without a little more glitz and glamor, and the 18th hole boasts the course’s signature waterfall 35 feet behind the green.

“The idea behind it was to create drama, uniqueness, interest, and that was part of the experience of greatness that is the Wynn,” said Fazio. “Obviously the whole place has an awesome feel which is extremely dramatic. When the event is performed there and visually broadcast on television, it is very striking. People who have never been there before will be captivated by this unique relief which is clearly man-made. But again, most of Las Vegas is.

While the stunt par-3 can play the 18th hole 364 days a year, “The Match” will likely include it among the 12 holes Koepka and DeChambeau are expected to play. And if that ends up being a playoff hole, it should provide some dramatic backdrop.

4. THE LONG AND THE SHORT

The Wynn Golf Club is a par-70, with the unique setup of six par-3s and four par-5s. Listed at 6,722 yards from the back tees, the course can play up to 4,810 yards. The three par 3s of the first nine play within 200 yards of the back tees.

“When you look at the scorecard, the footage might look short, but it won’t play that short because the short holes are short and the long holes are long. It’s an interesting concept because that’s what suits the property, ”said Fazio.

The most recent renovation came after the Wynn Convention Center expanded onto the course property. This reduced the course slightly, causing the 18th hole to convert from a par-4 to a par-3. However, the greens on the course have been enlarged by an average of 300 square feet. The 14th hole has become a fan favorite with its large boomerang-shaped putting surface.

“While the first 14 holes are somewhat reminiscent of North Carolina – albeit with overhanging hotel towers visible everywhere – the last four make it clear that you’re in Vegas,” Forbes wrote.

The Las Vegas monorail runs along the 15th hole. A special events pavilion is just steps from the 16th tee. The 17th hole sits next to the new convention center, preparing players for the final tee shot to the dreaded 18th green and its menacing waterfall.

“This is a perfect match-play golf course because each individual golf hole offers the risk and difficulty factors and the opportunity, especially for players of this caliber,… to take a lot of risk,” said Fazio. “Everything is contained in golf. Now okay there are trees and framing but you can hit a golf ball down a fairway and still recover and have a heroic shot.

In other words, Bryson and Brooks can explode. Stray discs can be found on other fairways.

5. A PUBLIC AFFAIR

Koepka and DeChambeau will have the course to themselves for a day, but the Wynn Golf Club is open to the public (if you have time to plan ahead and change to spend).

Since reopening in late 2019, Wynn Golf Club has offered Wynn Resort guests the option to book a tee time 90 days in advance. For non-resort guests, a 30 day window is available.

Playing the only golf course on the Las Vegas Strip rightly comes at a hefty price tag. Green fees are $ 550 in season, which may seem like a lot or a little depending on your luck at the tables. Fees are included, along with a forecaddie, access to the practice area, and rental clubs at no additional cost, among other perks.

Prices are lower off season, which in Las Vegas means summer.

And unlike Koepka and DeChambeau, who will only play 12 holes, Wynn Golf Club guests will have a total of 18.


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