Norm Clark in his daily column NORM! in the Las Vegas Review Journal today reported that the Las Vegas Country Club is in talks with an unidentified buyer (possibly from overseas) who has an interest in buying the Country Club and turning the golf course into a high rise development.
I can't imagine that this will sit well with the residents who have homes or apartments around the Country Club nor those who live in the luxury Regency Towers. The Las Vegas Country Club is one of the most fashionable addresses in town. Kirk Kerkorian, Burton Cohen and Steve and Edie are just some of the well-known names that live in Regency Towers. Many long-time Las Vegans live in the homes around the Country Club. Moe Dalitz had a home there. Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal had a home there (though when it came time to film "Casino", they used a home in Paradise Palms that is on the National Golf Course) and Tony "The Ant" Spilotro was rumored to have lived there as well.
The Clubhouse is one of the premiere lunch spots for movers and shakers in town. At any given time you can see Robert Maheu, Claudine Williams, Matthew Callister and more dining with friends and clients.
The Clubhouse looks out over the Country Club and is a mid-century modern architecture delight both inside and out.
Joe W. Brown originally owned the land and it was part of a racetrack, Las Vegas Downs, that he bought when the racetrack failed. Brown sold the property to Marvin Kratter. Kratter developed the property and called it the Las Vegas International Country Club. Kratter eventually sold the property to Realty Holdings. Partners in Realty Holdings at the time included Moe Dalitz, Nate Adelson (Sheldon's father) and Irwin Molasky.
Stay tuned for more information as this story develops.