Marcus Smith is a recent graduate of Winnebago High School, where he played in the Number One position on the Boys Golf Team.
Recruited by Eastern Michigan University, Smith has competed in 53 tournaments since learning the game at age four, winning 25 as of November 2020 – including winning the prestigious Rockford Men’s City over iconic Jamie Hogan in an exciting two-hole playoff.
In this specially produced three-part series of documentary video shorts, you’ll enjoy meeting Marcus and his dynamic coach and father, Marcus Sr. You’ll also hear from PrairieView Head Pro Andrew Schlupp, Forest Preserve Director Todd Tucker, Jamie Hogan and Marcus’ Men’s City caddy, little brother Myles.
You will also learn how his home course, PrairieView Golf Club, helped forge his skills – and why he and Marcus Sr wish PrairieFire had been built years ago.
Follow along with young upstart Marcus Smith as he battles the crafty nine-times champion Jamie Hogan in the final round of the Rockford Mens City Golf Championship – and makes a friend along the way.
After a slight delay caused by Coronavirus, PrairieView Golf Club and the Byron Forest Preserve District are thrilled to bring Toptracer® technology to Byron with PrairieFire Golf + Grill! Toptracer® takes golf – no matter how well you swing the club – to amazing new levels of excitement, instantaneous feedback and fun. Each time you hit the ball, Toptracer®’s colorful interactive screen gives you instant shot replays and lots of cool data in living color. Best of all, at PrairieFire, you’ll hit out onto a real targeted range – in temperature controlled comfort, surrounded by your own private hitting bay. It’s the best of both worlds. No hitting into boring mats at PrairieFire! Swing away and smile in real life!
This holiday season, give your loved ones something to look forward to: northern Illinois’ finest year ’round golf experiences – at PrairieView GC and PrairieFire Golf + Grill. With our gift certificates, they’ll be thrilled to choose between the legendary links of PrairieView GC or in the coziest, coolest indoor/outdoor Toptracer facility around, PrairieFire. Gift certificates can be spent on anything the recipient chooses: tee times, PrairieFire bay rental, food & beverages or merchandise in the pro shops. Let them know you love them this year. Give the gift of excellence at PrairieView and PrairieFire.
Purchase on site at 6734 N German Church Road, Byron, IL or by calling 815-234-3473. Contact us for more details.
Friday, November 27th | 1:00pm
We are excited to announce our first signature event, the “PrairieFire Invitational” Golf Tournament! Top amateur golfers in the area will tee it up from the eight hitting bays at PrairieFire on a virtual golf course utilizing Toptracer Range® technology.
What makes this event so unique is that players will compete for charities of their choosing, and of course, bragging rights amongst their peers. Proceeds from the event are allocated to each player’s designated charity based on their finishing position.
Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be having spectators at the event, but will be updating this webpage and our social media pages with coverage of the event.
Follow along during the competition with updates to the webpage and live look-in’s on our Facebook page.
Toptracer® technology at PrairieFire Golf + Grill features an exciting suite of games and modes suited for all ages and golfing skill levels. If you’re a single-digit handicapper, you can work on your game and challenge players ‘round the world. But, even if you’ve never been on a real golf course in your life, you’ll still have fun – and you’ll probably be hooked for life. From the Long Drive Competition to Closest To The Pin to playing world famous courses like Bethpage Black and Pebble Beach, you’ll love how Toptracer®’s advanced analytics help you fine-tune your swing in our high tech bays. Troptracer® analyzes your ball’s path, speed, spin, apex, curve, carry, total distance and more.
People who get wrapped up in the dynamic Toptracer® experience at Prairie Fire Golf + Grill can work up a real appetite – and thirst to go with it. So we created a classic bar and grill with a carefully designed menu that’s perfect for hanging out with friends. From our soon-to-be famous PrairieFire Wings and Tempura Green Beans to Bison Sliders and a variety of healthy Salads, there’s something on the menu for everyone in your group. Our bar is well-stocked with everything your heart desires, too, from craft and domestic beer to a wide selection of spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.
PrairieFire Golf + Grill guests can download and use the handy Toptracer® Range Community App. You’ll enjoy linking to personal profiles and accessing your entire history of shot data, including specific club performance details. If you wish you can see how you rank against other players on leaderboards around the country and compete with them. The Toptracer® Range Community App also features a Toptracer® Range locator to help you find other Toptracer® facilities whenever you’re away from Byron. In fact, before your first visit to PrairieFire Golf + Grill we encourage you to download the Toptracer® Range app on your phone. Then you’ll be all set – home and away. Download at the App Store or get it on Google Play below: