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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.”

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(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.

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

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!

GREATLIFE COUNTDOWN TO GARTH – NEW MEMBERS REGISTER TO WIN TICKETS

GreatLIFE is counting down to Garth Brooks’ return to Sioux Falls with a weekly ticket giveaway.*

Enroll a new 12-month membership with GreatLIFE – either Fitness PLUS or Golf and Fitness PLUS — and you will be entered into a weekly drawing to see Garth Brooks live.

Entries will begin August 14th and a drawing will take place every Thursday for four weeks beginning August 24th. Get a great fitness membership to kick start a healthy lifestyle and a chance at seeing some great music. Either way, you win at GreatLIFE.

*Offer good for new memberships only. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. New members must provide voided check or bank account information at sign-up. Excludes Mitchell, SD.

4th Annual GreatLIFE Championship

4th Annual GreatLIFE Championship

36-Hole Stoke Play for Men
18-Hole Stroke Play for Women

Men – Saturday, July 22nd: Rocky Run 18-holes.
Men – Sunday, July 23rd: Bakker Crossing 18-Holes
Women – Saturday, July 22nd: Bakker Crossing 18-holes.

Mens Entry Fee: $40 (Includes meal after play on Sunday)
Womens Entry Fee: $40 (Includes meal after play on Saturday)

Men call Rocky Run to sign up (605) 428-3498
Women call Bakker Crossing to sign up (605) 368-9700

Make your own tee-time for Saturday
Tee-times from 8:00am-11:00am

Sunday tee-times/pairings will be based on the previous days score.

Open to all men and women GreatLIFE members – must have an active GHIN handicap.

Three divisions: Mens, Womens and Senior (50+). All flights within each division will be divided by handicap.

$20 cash skins game.

Men call Rocky Run to sign up (605) 428-3498
Women call Bakker Crossing to sign up (605) 368-9700

Fitness PLUS Members Golf Free Mondays and Tuesdays

Fitness PLUS Members Golf Free Mondays and Tuesdays

 

At GreatLIFE, “plus” is our new passion.

All annual fitness memberships are now GreatLIFE Fitness PLUS. Plus means more perks at the same low price. GreatLIFE’s Fitness PLUS annual membership now includes FREE golf at Rocky Run on Mondays and Tuesdays!

That’s just one of the many exciting new benefits available as part of GreatLIFE’s Golf & Fitness PLUS and Fitness PLUS annual memberships. Whether it’s premiere golf courses, the best in fitness equipment and instruction, delectable dining options or family fun on the bowling lanes, GreatLIFE is always looking to give members the most for their money. With GreatLIFE Fitness PLUS, we can guarantee family fun – all week long – at an incredibly low price.

Visit joingreatlife.com for more information.

VIEW MEMBER BENEFITS

Offers only apply to the individuals listed on the GreatLIFE Membership. One month free offer is not valid for Worthington memberships. For GreatLIFE Membership upgrades, please visit GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club or the GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center. 

Warm up your swing. Warm up to spring!

Warm up your swing. Warm up to spring!

Spring is a great time to dust off the clubs, warm up your swing and look ahead to the greens. All while teeing up to a great gift – from GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club.

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness members who refer a friend will receive a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card*. And because one great gift deserves another, we’ll give each referred new member a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card* too. It’s just one more reason to hit the links.

Any season is a great time to commit to a healthier new you with all the benefits of a Golf & Fitness membership. At GreatLIFE, we’ve built a community of people committed to living better every day by staying active, eating healthier, spending quality time with family and friends, and finding joy playing together.

You can feel good about referring your friends because GreatLIFE is the beginning of a great lifestyle. In addition to golf, we provide our members with many practical and fun ways to integrate wellness into their lives.

• 15 State-of-the-Art Fitness Centers
• 25 of the Area’s Best Golf Courses
• Free Bowling – 3 Sioux Falls locations
• Free Fitness Classes
• Membership Discounts at Year Round Brown
• Sky Zone Trampoline Park Discounts
• Discounts on Stampede, Canaries, and Storm Tickets
• Swimming
• Tennis
• Personal Training
• Weight Loss
• Yoga
• Health Resources

New members can start today with golf and fitness memberships starting at just $59.99/month.

Drive, chip, putt and play your way into spring. Stop in today to sign up or refer a friend.

*Offer good for new memberships only. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. New members must provide voided check or bank account information to receive $100 gift card. One gift card per membership. Excludes Mitchell, SD location. Offer valid on 12-month contracts only.


New Fitness Location at 69th & Minnesota!

Members enjoy more convenience with newest GreatLIFE fitness club at 69th & Minnesota.

We’re proud to welcome members to our newest location at 69th & Minnesota. Located at 421 West 69th Street, Sioux Falls, this new GreatLIFE Fitness Club, formerly dFine Private Fitness Club, will continue to offer a personalized approach to fitness with a variety of equipment, classes and trainers to guide GreatLIFE members in their fitness and nutritional goals.

“We are excited to welcome the current staff to the GreatLIFE family and to offer our members another great location to workout and get fit,” said Tom Walsh, chairman and CEO.

This club is now open, offering the following benefits to GreatLIFE members:

  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Private training
  • Group fitness classes
  • Sauna
  • Smoothies and supplements

So come in and meet the staff at our newest GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club at 69th & Minnesota.

GreatLIFE Fitness Club at 69th & Minnesota
421 W 69th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
605-271-1711 | Open 24 Hours

Staffed Hours:
M-Th: 4pm-8pm
Sat: 8am-12pm

Just Renovated Suburban Lanes Reopens with Retro Look

Flashback to Bowling Fun!

Suburban Lanes is back in business after a big remodel that will take bowlers back to the fifties. With a retro diner and a new menu, walls lined with vintage artwork, and most importantly, bowling lanes that are ready to roll. You may not recognize the space, but once you stop in, you’ll flashback to the fun and make some of your own.

Even though the space is bright, shiny and new, some things are still the same – and that’s a good thing!

  • Fun for all ages
  • 10 bowling lanes
  • Bumpers for the kids
  • Party and event packages
  • Individual and group bowling lessons
  • Leagues for competition or just for fun
  • GreatLIFE members bowl free open to close when bowling lanes are available. Call ahead!

And we’re not finished yet. Watch for news about golf simulators coming soon! Your neighborhood bowling center is proud to be a part of the GreatLIFE family. At Suburban Lanes, you find a great way to get together for affordable fitness and fun!

For hours, updates and more information, visit GreatLIFESuburbanLanes.com