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 instead. Just a few blackjack table-lengths away from Las Vegas Boulevard, the Tom Fazio-designed course will challenge DeChambeau and Koepka to delegate their match-play chips wisely.
A waterfall, a monorail, a Ferris wheel and a series of both manmade and natural elements will all be factors at one of America’s most extravagant courses. “Bryson vs. Brooks” tees off at 4 p.m. Eastern on Nov.
26, the day after Thanksgiving. And what happens in Vegas at the Wynn Golf Club won’t stay at the Wynn Golf Club. The theatrics will be broadcast to the world.
The Match, Wynn Golf Club
Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods all set foot on the site of Wynn Golf Club en route to PGA TOUR wins, although the track was called something different at the time (and looked 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 1953-1966. Al Besselink won the inaugural event, but Snead, Nicklaus and Palmer would all capture titles on the North Side of the Las Vegas strip (Nicklaus won twice and Palmer three times).
From 1983-2000, the Desert Inn also served as part of the rotation for the Shriners Children’s Open. In 1996, Tiger Woods played the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational — his first PGA TOUR win — at the Desert Inn, shooting a 68.
The PGA TOUR Champions and LPGA also called the Desert Inn home at points. After the Desert Inn closed its doors in 2000, Steve Wynn bought the property, including the golf course, and built the Wynn Las Vegas. In the process, he brought in Tom Fazio to turn the course into the Wynn Golf Club, which opened five years later.
Fazio and son Logan recently returned to the course for another redesign, culminating in a reopening in 2019. There are no remnants of the Desert Inn layout at Wynn Golf Club. “Not one piece,” Fazio said. “The entire land was regraded.
The Desert Inn was dead flat. It was built in the ‘50s. Back in that era and that time, you didn’t move … earth, you didn’t create elevation change, you just built it right on the ground. So it was a very flat desert golf course”.
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