The Desert Inn was the idea of Wilbur Clark. With the $ million proceeds from the sale of his part of the El Rancho, and Monte Carlo Club, Clark bought out. LAS VEGAS, NV - On October 15, , a legend was born--the Desert Inn Golf Club on the Las Vegas Strip. And in December of , the. The Desert Inn, also known as the D.I., was a casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, which operated from April 24, , to August 28.