At The Prairie Club, we have welcomed everyone to our facility. From the average golf lover who cherishes their experience in the expansive Nebraska prairie to last week’s PGA Tour winner, Jon Rahm, we’ve had golfers from all walks of life venture throughout our strip of prairie.
This fall, we added a major champion to our list of guests.
The Secret Golf team visited The Prairie Club back in September as they highlighted the Valentine area. Steve Elkington and his team loved it here in rural Nebraska.Watch the full episode for free: http://bit.ly/2k4mVfJThe episode is only available for 7 days, at which point it becomes part of their premium offering.Enjoy!
Posted by The Prairie Club on Saturday, January 28, 2017
1995 PGA Championship winner, Steve Elkington, and his team at Secret Golf paid us a visit in September in 2016. Established in 2010, Secret Golf is an internet-based platform featuring golf instruction, community, and a fun-loving lifestyle content.
An Australian native a long way from home, “Elk” and friends quickly fell in love with the Valentine and Niobrara region after playing some golf, visiting Young’s Western Wearhouse, and taking a float along the Niobrara River.
“I think it’s the attitude of the people,” Elkington said. “They’re so friendly. They’re so fun.”
Elkington’s visit to the Valentine, Nebraska region led to a three-person, three-hole battle, which is better known as the “Secret Smackdown.” General Manager Ross Buckendahl and Director of Agronomy Roger Brashear teamed up in a scramble format to take on the 10-time PGA winner.
Amidst the smack talk, the three self-described “turf guys” loved chatting about the agronomy of the golf courses and life on the prairie.
“The grasses we have on the Pines and the Dunes are the exact same and people don’t realize that most of the time because it’s two different worlds,” Brashear said.
The match starts on Dunes No. 1, marked by the big blow-out bunkers yet wide and forgiving fairway. The Ross/Roger team stuck their chip shot within kick-in region for par. Elkington, however, had to work a bit tougher and drained an 8-footer for his par.
All-square heading into the second hole, they moved onto the par-5 Dunes No. 3. The “dynamic duo” of Ross and Roger found a way to birdie the hole thanks to a great second shot from Roger and an even better approach shot from Ross. Roger knocked in the birdie, while Elk settled for a par.
Dunes No. 4 was the third hole of the match, with the hometown heroes up one. Elkington, currently a member of the PGA Champions Tour, showed his skills by sticking his 140-yard shot (into the wind, as Ross was sure to point out) to within easy birdie distance to halve the match. Not content with a tie, they headed to the places where all ties are settled – the Horse Course.
After one swing, the writing was on the wall: Don’t bet against a PGA Tour champion. Elkington stuck his wedge shot within feet and the locals couldn’t match his silky smooth swing and “tour spin” that the rest of us watch on Sunday afternoons.
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