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GreatLIFE Golf – Current Course Conditions

GreatLIFE Golf – Current Course Conditions

Good morning GreatLIFE Members. Here is an update on the current course conditions:

  • Willow Run – Open with carts. Driving Range closed until further notice.
  • Worthington Country Club – Golf course and driving range closed until further notice.
  • Central Valley – Open with carts. Range Open.
  • Bakker Crossing – Open for walking today.
  • Rocky Run – Open with carts. Range Open. Call for tee-times. High school shotgun this morning.

Thank you and have a great day!

GreatLIFE Golf Courses Update!

GreatLIFE Golf Courses Update!

After another round of snow, here is an update on course conditions:

Bakker Crossing – Open Tuesday, March 29th for walking only at noon.
Willow Run – Open Tuesday, March 29th with carts
Rocky Run – Closed.
Central Valley – Closed.
Worthington – Open for walking only on 9 holes.
*Please contact the golf courses starting Wednesday for more updates.

THANK YOU for choosing GreatLIFE!

The Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion joins GreatLIFE

Members Can Enjoy Spectacular Views and Spectacular Golf

GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club is proud to announce its newest affiliate golf course in South Dakota – The Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion.

GreatLIFE golfers of every skill level will enjoy the challenge and scenic beauty of this par 72, 18-hole, multi-level golf course situated among the beautiful Missouri Bluffs. The beautiful landscaping, ten acres of reflecting lakes and eight acres of wetlands make a day on the course feel like a vacation.

The course offers 6,684 yards of golf with a slope rating of 123 on Blue grass. Designed by Patrick H. Wyss, the course opened in 1996. The course also features a full service pro shop, driving range, practice greens and short order grill for relaxing at the end of the day.

The Bluffs is located just 45 minutes from Sioux Falls and 30 minutes from Sioux City.

According to GreatLIFE Chairman/CEO Thomas P. Walsh, Sr., “The Bluffs is a great course and the setting is fantastic. I think it’s close enough to Sioux Falls to bring out a lot of our members and give them a new location that’s a little off the beaten path. ”

GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club members get unlimited access (based on membership level) to multiple golf courses and fitness centers, and all the amenities that go along with them, for one great price.

Frost Delay Ahead!

What does frost mean for golf courses?

It’s that time of year again and frost is in the forecast for this weekend.

What can we do to help our golf courses and Superintendents?

The best medicine is for all to understand the purpose of a frost delay and in turn gain a greater appreciation for the golf course.

Foot traffic on the golf course causes substantial damage to frozen greens.

WHAT DOES FROST MEAN FOR THE GOLF COURSES?
Frost is basically frozen dew that has crystallized on the grass, making it hard and brittle. Frost can only survive at temperatures of 32º Fahrenheit and below. This does not mean air temperature must be below 32º for frost to form. Sometimes frost can form even when the air temperature is in the upper 30’s.

A grass blade is actually 90 percent water, therefore it also freezes. Walking on frost covered greens causes the plant to break and cell walls to rupture, thereby losing its ability to function normally. When the membrane is broken, much like an egg, it cannot be put back together.

A short frost delay can help preserve the quality of the golf course and prevent costly repairs.

DELAYED IMPACT
Golfers who ignore frost delays will not see immediate damage. The proof
generally comes 48-72 hours later as the grass may turn purple or black, eventually fading to a very light brown. The result is a thinning of the putting surface and a weakening of the plant, sometimes even death of the plant. The greens in turn become more susceptible to disease and weeds. Additionally, weaker grass, even if it doesn’t die, may be more susceptible to disease and weed formation in the future.

CLUBHOUSE HOURS / FROST DELAY POLICY
At all GreatLIFE facilities, golfers must check-in at the pro shop before beginning play. Golfers are permitted to play on the golf course only after the clubhouse opens and they have checked in. If there is a frost delay, the golf course staff will determine when play may begin.

PLAY ON THE COURSE BEFORE THE CLUBHOUSE OPENS IS NOT PERMITTED!

OCTOBER HOURS – *Note: If there is frost in the forecast, the golf courses will not open until 9:00 am.

Willow Run – 8:00 am – Sunset
Bakker Crossing – 8:00 am – Sunset
Central Valley – 8:00 am – Sunset
Rocky Run – 8:00 am – Sunset
Worthington – 8:00 am – Sunset

If ever in doubt, give the course a phone call before heading out to play to see if tee-times have been pushed back due to frost. Even the use of practice facilities (putting green and driving range ) is disallowed during a frost delay.

Your help in keeping the golf courses in the best possible conditions is greatly appreciated! Thank you for your understanding.

Video Tour of Willow Run’s New Clubhouse

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the new facilities at Willow Run, but haven’t made it to the course yet, you can check out the new clubhouse in this video tour from Friday’s Argus Leader.

Click the link below to view a video tour of our new clubhouse
http://www.argusleader.com/videos/news/business-journal/2015/06/05/28534355/

Video Courtesy of Argus Leader/Sioux Falls Business Journal – June 5, 2015