LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — When it comes to strip properties reopening, the Wynn is teeing off first.
"It's a true honor to lead the way on the strip and strip properties," said Brian Hawthorne, executive director of the Wynn Golf Club, which first opened in October 2019.
Of course, the Wynn happens to be the only resort casino that has an adjacent golf course -- making it the only Las Vegas Strip property with an amenity that fits into phase one of Gov. Sisolak's reopening plan.
"We know it's a big responsibility and we take it very serious but we're super excited to be back here," said Hawthorne.
He said the team has implemented dozens of new protocols to ensure the safety of employees and guests. That includes operating at 50% capacity or less, more regular and stringent disinfecting and making some changes to how the caddy staff operates.
"Our starting reservations are now spaced 20 minutes apart and every player will receive their own independent golf cart that's been disinfected and ready for their use exclusively," said Hawthorne.
Hawthorne said there are more people interested in golf right now than there have been in some time. He said the golf course could ultimately bring people back to the resort, too.
"I do think folks are going to feel comfortable as people understand all the different protocols we've put in place whether it's related to the golf course or the resort itself," said Hawthorne.
When the resort is able to reopen, the heightened health protocols will be visible inside too. And while it's clear the Wynn isn't taking risks when it comes to keeping people safe, they are keeping the Las Vegas spirit alive - especially on hole 18.
"If one of our guests has a hole in one...the prize is between $10,000 and $20,000," said Hawthorne.
So are you feeling lucky?
The Wynn Golf Club is open daily from 7 a.m.