Once upon a time, the Wynn Golf Course behind the hotel that bears the same name was ranked among the top 50 courses in the country.
Steve Wynn built it to entertain his high rollers — golf and gambling go pretty well together.
But a sad thing happened to the plush layout.
The land underneath it simply became too valuable.
Once upon a time, Steve Wynn swore he’d never plow the course under:
“I made a decision that I was going to use the golf course and its wonderful environment to continually raise my prices and exploit the uniqueness of these 4,800 rooms. While I’m alive, I will never, ever develop the golf course. It is here to stay.”
That came from Wynn a couple of years back and reinforces the old “never say never” adage.
The course will be replaced by a project called Wynn Paradise Park. It will feature a 1,000-room tower, restaurants, meeting and convention rooms and a casino overlooking a large white sand lagoon with an island in the center of the 38-acre lagoon.
Wynn at one time took great pride in the course. A few years ago he made this statement:
“We’ve got a situation here where my property is worth $10 to $15 million an acre. I’ve got a billion and a half dollars of real estate under that golf course. It’s sort of like LA (Los Angeles Country Club) North and South. It better become a destination or I’m gonna look like a jerk and then, goodbye, golf course. There will be no more golf course. It’ll be filled with buildings.”
Looking back, Wynn’s statement became a prediction of what is about to happen.
The course closed quietly, unceremoniously on Dec. 17.
No memorial service is planned.