CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2008 |
Allard Frank Roen, 87, who co-founded La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, died Thursday of complications from heart disease, according to news reports. He was a longtime resident of Carlsbad. An avid golfer, Roen established the Tournament of Champions at the Desert Inn in the 1950s and moved the event to La Costa after he became manager there in 1967. For more than 20 years the tournament attracted top professional players, including Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino. Roen was born May 8, 1921, in Cleveland and graduated from Duke University.
October 22, 2001 |
The city's casino king is at it again. A year and a half after Steve Wynn left the gambling business, he announced last week that he will open Le Reve, a resort he predicts will be unlike any other on the Las Vegas Strip. "People are going to come from everywhere to see it and marvel at it," Wynn said Friday in a speech during the 15th annual World Gaming Congress & Expo at the Venetian hotel-casino. Le Reve means "the dream" in French and is the name of a Pablo Picasso painting Wynn owns.
August 28, 2001 |
Plans for the historic Desert Inn resort have been formally announced. The proposed property will include a 45-story, 2,455-room, 514-foot-tall golden glass tower and a four-acre lake. "This resort will redefine, once again, the luxurious mega-resort in Las Vegas," wrote DeRuyter Butler, executive vice president of architecture for Butler Ashworth Architects, in a letter to the Clark County planners.
August 29, 2000 |
The Desert Inn resort, a Las Vegas Strip icon that opened in 1950, officially closed at 2 p.m. Monday under gray skies and a sprinkling of raindrops, marking the end of one of the Strip's most legendary properties. Howard Hughes bought the resort when management tried to move him out of his penthouse on New Year's Eve to make way for high rollers. The rich and famous teed off on the golf course. Entertainers such as Frank Sinatra played its Crystal Showroom.
July 28, 2000 |
Remember when the winner of the Tournament of Champions--now the Mercedes Championships--at Las Vegas' Desert Inn course collected his $10,000 in silver dollars brought in a wheelbarrow? Well, according to Golfweek, the Desert Inn course will soon be ripped up to make way for yet another casino. "This is the end of an era of tournament golf being played on the Las Vegas Strip," said Charlie Baron, tournament director for Desert Inn events.
April 28, 2000 |
Casino mogul Steve Wynn has purchased the Desert Inn hotel-casino, a month after he agreed to sell Mirage Resorts Inc. to rival MGM Grand Inc. "Wynn confirmed [Thursday] afternoon that he is the purchaser of the Desert Inn as a birthday gift for his wife," a spokesman for Wynn said. Wynn also acquired the Desert Inn golf course behind the resort and an adjacent 32-acre parcel.