Wynn Golf Club: Elegance right on the famed Las Vegas Strip
LAS VEGAS - You're looking all over the internet for that ultimate stay-and-play Las Vegas golf package.
One: You want a great golf course.
Two: You want a great resort.
Three: You want the two to be close together.
The answer is simple: Wynn.
The Wynn Golf Club at Wynn Las Vegas is a Tom Fazio/Steve Wynn design that will, simply put, knock your socks off. The golf course stretches out to just over 7,000 yards from the tips. Now that may not seem long but when you're staring a par 3 at 238 yards (better hit that 3-wood straight), a par 4 that reaches 498 yards (the 17th with water coming devilishly into play on the approach shot) and a finishing hole that reaches 448 yards and features enough water (and an impressive waterfall) to test even the best players and you've got a golf course worthy of the Wynn name.
"It's just a total experience," says Brian Hawthorne, director of golf at Wynn Golf Club. "It's more than just playing 18 holes of golf. It's a whole package with the resort, the many places to eat and, of course, the golf course."
And what a golf course it is. The par-70 course features five par 3s and three par 5s. Three of Wynn Golf Club's par 3's are picture-postcard layouts with water and sand sculpted around the hole to add to the beauty as well as the difficulty.
"The par 3s are all pretty special," Hawthorne said. "There's a lot of variety in the looks and the distances (153 yards is the shortest to that monstrous ninth) so you do get different looks."
Then there's the elevation change. With Wynn moving around in 800,000 cubic yards of dirt, players will find rolling fairways as well as elevated greens with runoff areas. Sidehill lies are abundant and will challenge players to control ball flight.
There's also the sheer beauty of the dark green grass in the fairways and greens along with the brilliant plants that seemingly pop up everywhere and assault the senses in a calming way.
"Playing golf at Wynn Las Vegas is truly a unique golf experience, mixing a bit of nostalgia from the Desert Inn Country Club as well as a modern day golf masterpiece," says John DeMarco, Director of Travel & Tourism, Golf Channel Solutions.
The caddie experience at Wynn Golf Club
Charlie Finwall has been at Wynn Golf Club since day one as a caddie.
"The maintenance out here is just fantastic," Finwall says, a smile always present as he talks about his love of the course. And he can talk.
Finwall, who is high on the requested-caddie list when guests play Wynn, adds, "We take a lot of pride in doing things right here. We just try to go the extra to make sure every guest has a great experience."
All the caddies at Wynn Golf Club possess a wealth of knowledge about the course and everything associated with it. Got a question? They've probably got the answer. You will find out there are 68 bunkers on the course, 23 varieties of trees (and more than 7,000 trees on the course) and more than 100,000 shrubs. They will fill you in on the fact that there is water on 12 holes and the stream on the course runs for one mile. It's man-made and the resort has two on-site springs. You will also find out the greens average about 6,000 square feet on the course that is situated on just 137 acres. There are 33 staff caddies, eight of them members of the PGA of America, so these guys know their stuff.
Want more? Grab your clubs and head to Wynn.
The added touches at Wynn Golf Club
With green fees ranging from off-season weekday rates of $300 to in-season rates of $500, some players can become hesitant to want to tee it up. A few words of advice: Go for it. You'll find the experience, as well as all the extras, well worth it.
First, you get a world-class golf course, complete with caddie (included in the fee, but tips are always welcome and these guys will definitely shave strokes off your round with their help in club selection and reading greens). There's also a cart filled with everything from soft drinks to Gatorade to water. In the clubhouse you can grab some of the complimentary seasonal fruit, and a couple of bottles of water on your way out to your cart. Plus, loaner clubs and loaner shoes are also on the house. (Note: They aren't called "rentals" because you're not paying for them). And you'll also get your golf shoes and dress shoes cleaned before and after the round at no charge so you'll look good on and off the course. Missing spikes or a have a broken shoe lace? No problem, they will take care of it - just like they've taken care of everything else.
Fine dining at Wynn Golf Club
Before or after the round, check out The Country Club-A New American Steakhouse. The breathtaking views of the 18th hole and the famous waterfall combined with Chef Carlos Guia's fare make for a winning combination. With choices like Chile Rubbed Scottish Salmon, Blackened Ahi Tuna Nicoise, Free Range Chicken Paillard and everyone's favorites - an Angus burger or a hot dog to die for - the choices and the views are endless.
Wynn Golf Club: The verdict
There you have it. An amazing round of golf on the famed Las Vegas Strip. The overall experience is well worth the price tag. You'll experience what it's like to be treated like a VIP - Very Important Player. Once you've teed it up here with all of the extras, chances are you'll make Wynn Las Vegas your home away from home next time you feel the need to tee it up in Vegas.
April 2, 2010