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.
Prairie Stories, Episode 2: Into The Fire
Follow along as Marcus, Jr his father Marcus, Sr, and rival Jamie Hogan provide the colorful play-by-play of the last hole of regulation and the lone playoff hole at the 2020 Rockford Men’s City Golf Championship.
It was a slugfest of a day filled with ups and downs and plenty of drama as Jamie Hogan, the experienced nine-time Champion sought his 10th Men’s City title in a tight match against Marcus, Jr, the 2020 Illinois State High School Golf Champion. Then, join the players for a good-natured rematch at PrairieFire where they teed it up at Spy Glass, the Toptracer® way!
Both matches were exciting – and as is often the case at the end of closely-fought matches, it was a shame someone had to lose. But, despite the heat of the competition, a brand new-friendship was forged out of good fellowship and mutual respect.
A Magical Course That’s Not a World Away.
Just a chip shot south of Rockford along beautiful Illinois Route 2 in easy-going Byron lies a magical golf course that plays like the best country clubs in the region, but costs like a muni.Sculpted out of an ancient landscape once home to majestic bison and other denizens of the wild, this is a big course with a big, generous heart.
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 815-234-4653. Contact us for more details.
Grip It! Rip It! Trace It!
New to PrairieView Golf Club is the coolest new Toptracer® equipped range facility in the entire region. The Rockford region has its share of indoor golf simulators as well as outdoor range facilities, but PrairieFire is different. It’s a real eight-bay Toptracer® range with beautifully appointed indoor-outdoor temperature-controlled hitting bays. You hit real golf balls out onto a real targeted outdoor range and get loads of instant digital feedback from Toptracer®, just like the pros on TV. For more information, please visit our PrairieFire Golf + Grill website today!
Slicing and Dicing? Par-fect Your Swing with One of Our Seasoned Instructors.
Golf is fun no matter what, but it’s really fun as your game improves. For many people, golf can become a rewarding lifelong passion that challenges them for decades, not to mention brings them together with like-minded friends. Getting better at golf may we easier than you think and we’re here to help you accomplish your goals – whether they amount to shooting under 90 or under par. Our talented professional staff takes a customized approach to all our students to ensure the most satisfying experience working on all facets of your game. To schedule a private lesson with our professional teaching staff, please call the golf shop at 815-234-4653.
The Prairie Grass Pub boasts a cozy golf and sports-themed atmosphere (complete with Sean Considine’s NFL jerseys on the wall) where you can enjoy delicious food, beverages and fellowship. Whether you’re gathering post-round to total up your scorecards or stopping in for a quick bite during lunch or dinner, Prairie Grass’s mouth-watering menu, HD flat-screens, free popcorn and commanding views of PrairieView Golf Course are sure to delight. When the weather is warm, step out on the 1200 sq. ft wrap-around deck and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. We’ll bring you your food and drink so you can just enjoy the views and the fun.