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Thursday
Feb212013

Okay, So It Turns Out La Costa Was A Preferred Mob Resort

Over the years we've all heard the stories about La Costa being a mafia-preferred resort, and though he does not confirm the rumors of special escape tunnels under the course, the resort's creator and now-broke former multi-millionaire Merv Adelson confirms the mob ties.

The explanation comes in an excellent Bryan Burroughs profile from the latest Vanity Fair.

“Were the Teamsters mobbed up? Oh God, were they,” Adelson says. “But I didn’t know it at the time, not really. I just wanted the money. I didn’t especially care where it came from.” Had he known the extent the Teamsters were involved with the Mafia, I ask, would he have taken their money? He thinks for a long moment. “No, I wouldn’t have done it. Because that became the big grief, that was what eventually drew us into court, with all the publicity … ”

He sighs. “And Hoffa. And all that crap.”

The Rancho La Costa resort opened its doors to the public in 1965. From the outset Adelson could tell his dreams of escaping the Mafia had been dashed. “The first guests, they were all Teamsters!” he exclaims. And then Detroit and Chicago Mob bosses, all the way up to Meyer Lansky himself. “There were hundreds of them!” Adelson adds. “I couldn’t get rid of them! The Teamsters treated it like their country club. It got a real reputation. I didn’t like it at all. But I couldn’t stop it. We owed them money! What could I do?” His children were soon being teased with the same taunts they had heard in Las Vegas. He was trapped. A very rich trap, but a trap nevertheless.

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Reader Comments (9)

Long time Vanity Fair subscriber here -
I read the aforementioned article.
Mr.Addleston proves the adage - Be nice to those you meet on the way up because you will meet them on the way down

rob
02.22.2013 | Unregistered Commentermainuh
To paraphrase..."Merv I love you, but never go against the family"
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVRWC
No wonder La Costa plays so wet and swampy.

We probably don't want to see what they would find if they actually properly drained the place.
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLonny
No wonder La Costa plays so wet and swampy.

We probably don't want to see what they would find if they actually properly drained the place.
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLonny
Now I know why certain people think jews run the world. Maybe they should re-phrase that with underworld!
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
I thought Meyer Lansky was New York mob, but no matter. FYI I recommend Kevin Cook's "Titanic Thompson" for entertaining look at the nexus of golf and the Mob. Lots of Meyer Lansky stuff.
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark B
"Michael...we're bigger than U.S. Steel."
02.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
That was a great read!
02.22.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
The government calls it taxes, the mob calls it cash.... both are simply goods and services providers.

Just remember what Diane Keaton was talking about when she was asked ''who's being naive''.

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