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GreatLIFE Announces New Players Club

GreatLIFE announces its first ever Players Club, designed to give you the exclusive perks of membership. Join the GreatLIFE Players Club and receive:

  • Players Club backpack
  • Players Club players towel, head cover and name tag
  • 3 FREE green fee certificates
  • 10 days advance tee times
  • Advanced registration for GreatLIFE events
  • Free driving at Rocky Run anytime
  • 5 tokens for driving range
  • GHIN handicap fee
  • Free push carts at all facilities
  • 50% off hourly golf simulator rates
  • Customized key FOB

The Players Club is a great way to reward our loyal members with special privileges at a reasonable price. The annual fee is just $225 a year. So don’t wait to join our new Players Club, as membership is limited to the first 250 people.

The first 50 players to sign up will get a copy of Mike Malaska’s book “I Feel Your Pain.”

Call or stop out to any one of the following golf courses to become a Players Club member:

GreatLIFE announces leadership changes

Original content published by Sioux Falls Business Journal with Jodi Schwan.

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness has named Nick Ovenden as its new president, along with a new leadership team.

Ovenden replaces Donn Hill, who has been president since GreatLIFE was founded more than five years ago. Hill has taken a new position as pastor of missions and operations at First Evangelical Free Church. His last day at GreatLIFE is April 30.

He will continue to have ownership in Bakker Crossing Golf Course, which is part of GreatLIFE.

“Everything I’ve experienced has led me to this point, and it’s the right thing at the right time that allows me to work with the church I’ve been part of all my life and use my passion for mission in places like South Sudan. I’ll still be a supporter of GreatLIFE because I believe in the mission and I believe we’re making a positive difference in people’s lives,” Hill said.

“The element that’s much different from even what we conceived was how huge the fitness role could become in this and how much the company could actually impact people’s lives through fitness and healthy lifestyles.”

GreatLIFE was founded by Tom Walsh Sr., who remains CEO.

“As with all things, there’s change, and I want to thank Donn for five great years,” Walsh said. “What we’ve been able to accomplish has changed the world. We’ve become a lifestyle.”

Ovenden is well positioned to take over the leadership role, Walsh and Hill said.

A Sioux Falls native and Augustana University graduate, he worked at the Sanford POWER program before becoming a trainer and assistant department head at Life Time Fitness in the Twin Cities. He joined GreatLIFE as director of fitness and nutrition in early 2014.

“I love everything we stand for,” Ovenden said. “I understand what Donn’s vision and leadership style has been, and I think I’ll be able to utilize a lot of the knowledge I’ve gotten from him and be able to take the company on for 20 or 30 years, hopefully. We’ve talked about changing the world, and that’s truly what we want to do.”

Ovenden will lead a newly named leadership team:

Brad Hansen is vice president of development. He joined GreatLIFE as director of food and beverage last year and has more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry, including as an operating partner at Burger King.

“Brad has a great financial grasp of the things we need to do, and he can help us take a step back and see what makes sense,” Ovenden said. “His food and beverage background really helps our golf and fitness centers take their offerings to the next level.”

Randall Hill is vice president of fitness, after previously managing the GreatLIFE Performance Center at 69th Street and Southeastern Avenue.

“Randall is an incredible leader,” Ovenden said. “He just turned 30, and he leads like he’s been doing it for 20 years. He’s a very visionary thinker, and he’s got people who follow him who put his vision into action, and that’s why he’s been so effective.”

Jason Sudenga is vice president of golf. He has led golf at GreatLIFE since its inception after doing the same at Bakker Crossing.

“Jason is the best business mind in golf,” Ovenden said. “He’s a golf mind but open to change and is not a traditionalist. He’s open to ideas and knows we don’t have a typical golf base.”

With about 40,000 members and more than 500 team members, GreatLIFE has fundamentally changed the golf and fitness market locally in the past five years. Ovenden predicts significant growth ahead, though.

“Our ultimate goal is to change the world, so we need to figure out how to manage our growth and be great at what we do, so when we grow into different cities, we’re providing the best possible member experience,” he said. “As long as we’re doing that, I think our potential is limitless. There are a lot of places with golf courses and fitness centers, but what sets us apart is our culture – our attention to detail and how much we care about our members.”

Ovenden is passionate about building GreatLIFE and brings the work ethic needed to do it, Hill added.

“We have a lot of people committed to doing whatever it takes to get it done, and Nick’s been that way from the start, along with many others,” he said. “He’s the right guy to carry it on.”

Ovenden agrees the job is more than a job.

“It’s so much more than a paycheck,” he said. “I know that’s cliche, but when you find your passion and understand your calling in life and you can apply that to work, it doesn’t seem like work.”

Come Celebrate GreatLIFE Anniversary Parties

GreatLIFE just turned five this year. For five years, GreatLIFE has helped families live and play, better. To celebrate, we’re throwing some anniversary parties.

 

GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club and GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center

Tuesday, December 11 – All Day

  • Prizes and games
  • Food and refreshments

 

All other GreatLIFE locations

Tuesday, December 11 – 4-8pm

  • Food and refreshments

 

In the past five years, we’ve grown from four golf courses to 24. We started with two fitness locations and now have 16. Our history has already been a very busy one and we have you to thank for the future of our building.

 

Please join us to celebrate five years of living, playing, better.

 

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.