FIREKEEPER GOLF COURSE TO OPEN SPRING 2011
Mayetta, KS – Firekeeper Golf Course, an economic enterprise of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is scheduled to open to the public in Spring 2011.
“While the golf course and clubhouse are completed, we feel that it’s in the best interest of the course to wait until the Spring of 2011 before we open it up for public play,” said Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Chairman Steve Ortiz. “This is a difficult decision because we are excited to unveil the golf course to the Kansas market. However, this decision is being made with the best long-term interest of the golf course in mind.”
Firekeeper Golf Course will be a traditional-style golf course in both playability and aesthetics. There is no surrounding housing along the walkable layout and the low-profile design will make it look like the course has been there for years. While the course measures 7,400 yards from the championship tees, the course offers multiple teeing options that will create an enjoyable experience for all levels of play.
The 240-acre course is located across the street from the Prairie Band Potawatomi Casino and Resort. This is the first signature course of four-time PGA TOUR winner Notah Begay III, the only full-blooded Native American on the PGA TOUR. Notah partnered with award-winning golf course architect Jeffrey D. Brauer of Golfscapes, Inc.
“I am absolutely thrilled with the finished product at Firekeeper,” said Begay. “I sincerely think that the golf course has the chance to become one of the top-rated courses in the Midwest. In addition, I think the northeast Kansas market will feel like they are getting a lot of value for their dollar.”
The cost to play Firekeeper Golf Course in 2011 will range from thirty dollars to sixty dollars. The land features three distinctive zones of prairie, heavy woods and scattered trees. The early holes at Firekeeper are mostly on the prairie, while the back nine offers more elevation changes and a wide variety of trees.
“One of the goals with the golf course was to create a five star experience at a three star price,” noted Chairman Steve Ortiz. “I am confident to say that the development team of NB3 Consulting and Landscapes Unlimited have accomplished that goal.”
Chairman Ortiz also noted that the Firekeeper construction project stimulated local economic activity for the Topeka area, putting over 30 tribal members and local contractors to work in various capacities. Upon opening and on an ongoing basis, the Firekeeper will also create a mix of approximately 40 full and part-time jobs.
About NB3 Consulting:
Started by 4-time PGA TOUR winner Notah Begay III, NB3 Consulting is a full-service golf course development firm that works with Native American communities. NB3 Consulting has an exclusive relationship with world-renowned golf course construction management firm Landscapes Unlimited (www.landscapesunlimited.com). Together, the team of NB3 Consulting and Landscapes Unlimited offer a turnkey solution for Native American tribes looking to develop golf properties. In 2009, founder Notah Begay III was named one of Golf Magazine’s “Innovators of the Year” for his work with Native American communities. For more information on Notah Begay III and NB3 Consulting, visit www.Notah.com.
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