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Pay Less and Play More.

Join GreatLIFE now and start playing today. Enrollment is just $25 and the rest of your first month is free. It’s a great time to be outside and make the most of your Golf and Fitness membership – starting at just $59.99.

Get more play on the course. And get fit in the gym. Pay less and play more with courses from Sioux Falls to Worthington, Yankton to Mitchell and across the region.

Your new membership includes discounts and free nights at Sioux Falls Canaries games; plus discounted admission to Thunder Road, Wild Water West and Great Plains Zoo. Enjoy indoor perks too like 50% off admission to the Butterfly House & Aquarium, free bowling at GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes and discounts to Sky Zone.

Pay less and play more. Enroll now with GreatLIFE for just $25.

For a full list of member benefits, click here.

*Offer good for new memberships only. Please bring voided check at time of sign up. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. Excludes Mitchell, SD, location.

First ever GreatLIFE Junior Tour set for summer.

2018 is the inaugural year for the GreatLIFE Junior Tour. Young golfers of all abilities are invited to join and experience the thrill of golf competition.

Medals will be given out for each event and an overall GreatLIFE Champion will be crowned for each age division in both boys and girls.

The GreatLIFE Junior Tour will feature a points system similar to the FED Ex Cup on the PGA tour and take place on the following courses:

 

Monday, June 25th – Willow Run

18 hole stroke play

 

Tuesday, July 2nd – Rocky Run

2 person team event

6-6-6 event, best ball, alternate shot, scramble

 

Monday, July 16th – Central Valley

18 hole stroke play

 

Thursday, July 19th – Bakker Crossing

18 hole stroke play

 

Price is $25 per event or $80 for all four events, includes green fees, range balls and lunch. Age divisions are 16-18, 14-15, and 13 and under.

For complete information, deadlines and registration go to our GreatLIFE Junior Tour page.

Tee Up Your Summer with GreatLIFE! (offer ends June 29th, 2018)

Summer is a great time to make the most of your GreatLIFE Golf and Fitness membership. Take full advantage of our numerous courses across the region – and enjoy a fitness membership too – starting at just $59.99.

With courses from Sioux Falls to Worthington, Yankton to Mitchell and a lot of great courses in-between, GreatLIFE is your ticket to summer golf, so bring your clubs.

Your new membership also includes discounts and free nights at Sioux Falls Canaries games; plus discounted admission to Thunder Road, Wild Water West and Great Plains Zoo. Enjoy indoor perks too like 50% off admission to the Butterfly House & Aquarium, free bowling at GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes and discounts to Sky Zone.

Join today and receive ½ off enrollment and your 13th month free. Tee up your summer with all the fun of getting outside to the links, and all the benefits of getting inside to the gym.

For a full list of member benefits, click here.

*Offer good for new memberships only. Please bring voided check at time of sign-up. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. Excludes Mitchell, SD, location.

Rocky Run’s Clubhouse Remodel Takes the View – and the Party – Topside

Rocky Run’s Clubhouse Remodel Takes the View – and the Party – Topside

It was only a month ago that Dell Rapids received more than a foot of snow. But that spring snow didn’t last long, and the greens got green in a hurry at Rocky Run Golf Course on the west side of Dell Rapids.

A new clubhouse, restaurant, bar and pro shop also greeted the spring sun, and golfers are getting an entirely new look at Rocky Run.

Rocky Run is part of Sioux Falls-based Great Life Golf & Fitness. There are 23 courses in the Sioux Falls area where Great Life members can play, including Rocky Run.

The entire clubhouse in Dells has been flip-flopped, with the bar and restaurant now upstairs, connected to the pro shop. The new view from the bar rivals some of the best post-round views in the state. Facing north, patrons outside can view the vast course, with the view stretching far onto the horizon.

Steve Klock is the third-year golf professional at Rocky Run. He says although the course has been open only a month, the reaction to the new look has been positive.

“When people get done playing, they like to stick around and eat and drink. And spend more money,” he said with a chuckle. “People love it. Everything is new and fresh.”

Riley Schmidt is a lifelong Dell Rapids resident. He lives on the golf course and says he’s played many rounds through the years at Rocky Run. But now, there’s even a stronger tug to play.

It’s not a long commute for Schmidt to get to the course. Once he’s done with his 18 holes, it’s a straight shot to the updated clubhouse that overlooks the new putting green, and the black tees for the No. 1 hole. Off to the north, holes 9 and 10 are close by.

“Oh, man, it’s just unbelievable,” Schmidt said of the new facilities. “The open concept just helps out so much. They’ve got bigger windows up there. You just feel like you can see more of the golf course. It makes me want to get outside and get over there more often.”

DellsClubhouse     DellsClubhouse-2
(Photos: Tom Savage / For the Dell Rapids Tribune)

The downstairs is still functional, and that has a new look, too. The lower level seats about 100 and is open for events, wedding rehearsals and meetings. It also has a Champions room that features photos of past champions at Rocky Run.

But the real attraction is upstairs with the new bar, restaurant and pro shop.

“Players want to be somewhere that’s clean and fresh, that smells good and looks good,” Klock said. “It’s a small thing, but not being in the basement makes a difference. Being in the sun is a huge thing. People say it all the time, how they like it up here and they see the sun. It’s a whole new experience. It’s much more friendly and inviting.”

It’s still early, but the return has been positive. Unlike in years past, Klock said they’ve had many nights where golfers will hang out in the bar until midnight following a round.

“It’s been really busy, and we expect it to stay that way,” Klock said. “People are having fun. They get done with their rounds, and they’re sticking around.”

Schmidt says the updates not only add to the charm of the golf course, but also bring another entertainment option to Dell Rapids.

“There’s really not a place in town where you can have a nice sit-down meal with a view like that,” Schmidt said. “Those renovations were needed. The basement was kind of old, and the whole thing needed a new look. I’m so happy they did it.”

 

Original story courtesy of Argus Leader.  The original article can be found here.

Free Golf Clinics and Family Nights for the Summer

Free Golf Clinics and Family Nights for the Summer

Summer is a great time to make the most of your GreatLIFE Golf and Fitness membership. And we’ve just announced our free golf clinics and family nights for the summer.

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or aspiring junior golfer, there is always more to learn. And why not do it through GreatLIFE? Brush up your game and spend some fun quality time with the family.

Adult Clinics –Beginning week of May 7th.

  • Willow Run – Tuesdays from 6-7 pm – Starting May 8th.
  • Bakker Crossing – Mondays – 6-7 pm
  • Central Valley – Mondays – 6-7 pm
  • Rocky Run – Adult Clinic – Fridays – 6 pm-7 pm

Junior Clinics

  • Willow Run – Wednesdays – 8:30 – 9:30 am
  • Bakker Crossing – Monday mornings 8-9 am
  • Central Valley – Tuesdays – 8-9 am
  • Rocky Run – Junior Clinic – Mondays – 9 am-10 am

Family Nights – Start May 13th
Bakker Crossing and Willow Run only.

  • 5 pm – Clinic
  • 6 pm – Golf
  • 8 pm – Food

Willow Run offers a buy one entree and get one children’s meal free on Sunday evenings.

Please Call to Sign Up!

It’s Finally Time for Golf!

It’s Finally Time for Golf!

GreatLIFE is happy to announce the opening of Willow Run, Bakker Crossing, Central Valley and Rocky Run are open for play. It’s been a long time coming, but the links are finally ready for you. Additional courses are opening soon, so check out our full lineup at joingreatlife.com.

Join today as a new member and get 13 months for the price of 12 and half price on the enrollment fee.

*Offer good for new memberships only. Please bring voided check at time of sign up. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. Excludes Mitchell, SD, location

Free Titleist Golf Ball Personalization at GreatLIFE

Get Free personalization on all Titleist golf balls ordered between November 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017.

Offer Details:

  • 1 dozen minimum
  • Up to 3 lines of text/maximum 17 characters per line – including spaces
  • Ball Types: Pro V1, Pro V1x, NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity, DT TruSoft
  • Ink Color: Black, Blue, Pink, Green, Redd
  • Double-Digit play numbers: Add $1 per dozen – Pro V1 and Pro V1x only
  • All one play number: Add $1 per dozen
  • Lead time: 1 week
  • December 8, 2017, is the last day that we can receive an order and guarantee delivery prior to December 24, 2017

Contact your local GreatLIFE Pro Shop to order!

  • Willow Run – (605) 335-5900
  • Bakker Crossing – (605) 368-9700
  • Central Valley – (605) 528-6122
  • Rocky Run – (605) 428-3498

 

There’s nothing better!

Our members already know there’s nothing like living the GreatLIFE. And we want to share it with even more families and friends.

Get started now and pay no money down and no enrollment fee. Take full advantage of this offer on any 12-month membership at any GreatLIFE location.

Plus you’ll get awesome perks, like great discounts at the Butterfly House and Aquarium, Skyzone, Skate City and discounted golf simulator pricing on select days at Suburban Lanes.

To see the full list of weekly offers, click here.
For all other Member Benefits, view our Member Benefits page.

So signup. Pay nothing. That’s really something! For a limited time only.

 

*Offer good for new memberships only. Please bring voided check at time of sign up. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. Excludes Mitchell, SD, location.

Exclusive Travel Packages for GreatLIFE Members

Great Stay. Great Play.

Make the most of your GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Plus membership by taking advantage of the GreatLIFE Journey. Premier GreatLIFE locations like Osage National, Tallgrass, and Premier Kansas City locations await your arrival.

3-day stay and play packages start at around $259* for GreatLIFE members. Or you can choose to say a little longer and experience a 5-day package. With all the planning done for you, these packages make it easy to enjoy the many beautiful courses in the GreatLIFE family – and have a relaxing place to stay, recharge, and get ready for the next day.

For suggested GreatLIFE Journey Packages click here to see full details and booking information.

*Pricing based on double occupancy hotel stays. Tax included. Incidentals not included. Includes all cart and green fees. Provided meals up to a $20 value; alcohol and gratuity not included.

Course Aerification Closure Dates

It’s that time of year!

With every fall comes the aerification of the greens on the golf courses. It is hard to see our perfectly mowed greens put through this process. Aerification is merely a short-term disruption that has long-term benefits for golf coursesWhen you see them, remember that without those little holes, the greens would eventually die.

Preventative maintenance is an integral part of successful golf course management. Golfers view aerification as an inconvenience that takes the greens out of play for a day, pulling cores from the greens and leaving holes that can affect putting for many days before healing.

But a golfer needs to understand how important aerification is to producing healthy turf. Aerification (also known as aeration) achieves three important objectives. It relieves soil compaction, it provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a green’s roots and it reduces or prevents the accumulation of excess thatch.

Like so many things, the quality of a good putting green is more than skin deep. In fact, the condition of a green has a lot to do with what goes on below the surface. In order for grass to grow at 3/16-inch, it must have deep, healthy roots. Good roots demand oxygen. In good soil, they get the oxygen from tiny pockets of air trapped between soil and sand particles.

Over time, the traffic from golfers’ feet (as well as mowing equipment) tends to compact the soil under the putting green – particularly when the soil contains a lot of clay. When soil becomes compacted, the air pockets on which the roots depend are crushed, and the roots are essentially left gasping for air. Without oxygen, the grass plants become weaker and will eventually wither and die.

Next, we will start the aerification process at our courses. Below is the schedule.

*Note- All of the golf courses will be closed while the greens are being aerified.

  • Bakker Crossing – Monday, September 11th
  • Rocky Run – Wednesday, September 13th
  • Central Valley – Monday, September 18th
  • Willow Run – Wednesday and Thursday, October 4th and 5th
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we complete the aerification process.
Have a great day!