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This restaurant might be the east side’s best-kept secret

This restaurant might be the east side’s best-kept secret

If you haven’t dined at The Willows yet, you’re missing out one of the east side’s well-kept secrets.

And every day now brings a different reason to try it out!

Dine fireside, at the bar or overlooking Willow Run Golf Course and enjoy new daily dinner specials.

Monday: Burger Night

Buy-one-get-one burgers, with a small additional charge for specialty varieties. The Willows burgers include the Smokey Willow Burger with pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, Smoked Cattle Country BBQ sauce and fried jalapenos. There’s also the Scotsman Burger, served open face on wheat berry bread with grilled mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and cheese.

Tuesday: Pasta Night

Try the penne a la vodka or the mac & cheese for half-price. Add chicken, shrimp, salmon or steak to jazz up your pasta even more.

Wednesday: Latin Night

Can’t beat half-price nachos and margaritas on a spring or summer evening!

Thursday: Ladies Night

Half-price bottles of house wine for the ladies!

Happy Hour

Plus, head out to The Willows for lunch or happy hour and enjoy even more deals. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays with half-price appetizers, bottles, wells and taps.

Lunch Specials

And $10 lunch specials are served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m:

  • ½-pound Angus hamburger, fries and soda.
  • Pulled pork sandwich, fries and soda.
  • Chicken Caesar wrap, fries and soda.
  • BLT, fries and soda.

Hours of operation

The Willows is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

GreatLIFE Golf Course Updates!

Current GreatLIFE Golf Course Conditions/Status

We will be opening Willow Run Golf Course on Tuesday, Feb. 21st! With the warm temperatures the last couple days and the forecast being in the upper 50’s low 60’s we will be opening Willow Run tomorrow for walking only. See below for current course details:

Bakker Crossing
Course will allow tee times starting at 10 am.
Walking only
Driving range closed.

Willow Run
Open starting Tuesday, Feb. 21st
Course will allow tee times starting at 10 am.
Walking only
Driving range closed.

Central Valley and Rocky Run
Driving range closed

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

Nelly Korda Wins Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge for First Professional Victory

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., September 4, 2016 – Nelly Korda (Bradenton, Fla.) shot a final round 66 to cruise to a three shot victory at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge. The win is the first of Korda’s professional career and moves her from 27th into 11th on the Volvik Race for the Card Money List with five events remaining on the Symetra Tour schedule.

“I don’t even have words,” Korda said. “Having my first professional win out here is just amazing. The atmosphere today was just amazing. I could not have asked for a better day and a better week.”

Korda started her day with birdies on three of her first five holes to jump into a share of the lead. The highlight of the birdie run was a chip-in from 25 feet on the par-4 third.

“With the chip in it was kind of an awkward stance,” Korda explained. “It was downwind and downhill and it was a very delicate shot and I just told myself ‘you’ve had this putt a couple of times you know how it turns – just execute it. Pick your target, hit it and move on.’ I was just going for a par and then it rolled in. it was definitely a big boost.”

From there, Korda was able to play even par golf for the next eight holes before birdies on the par-5 14th and the par-4 15th moved her to 14-under and put the tournament out of reach.

“I putted really well,” Korda said. “Every aspect of my game was really good. If I hit a couple of loose shots I knew I could get up-and-down. I was really comfortable with my short game and my putting. Everything really clicked this week and I’m really happy about that.”

The 18-year-old walked to the tee on the 18th with a four shot lead and victory in her sight but didn’t let it sink in until she made the walk to the green on the 72nd hole.

“I think once I hit my approach shot into the green I got a little bit emotional walking up but I told myself come home safe, make this par and then you can celebrate after.”

There won’t be much time for celebrating as Korda will be driving with her fellow pros to Garden City, Kansas in the morning for the Garden City Charity Classic at Buffalo Dunes.

“I think I’ll celebrate when I get home in three weeks when I get home from Garden City,” Korda said. “That’s when I’ll be with my entire family and you know on Monday I’m already in the zone again towards the next tournament so just going to take it week by week and when I get home that’s when I’ll celebrate.”

The $31,500 first place check and jump up the Volvik Race for the Card Money List will get Korda one step closer to her dream of joining her sister Jessica on the LPGA Tour.

“I mean it’s been my dream ever since I competed in the U.S. Open at 14,” Korda said. “Just being with her and alongside her has always been a really big dream of mine and hopefully I can fulfill that dream by getting my LPGA Tour Card but I’m just going to take it a step at a time and not really think about that and just enjoy my time out here.”

Wicahnee Meechai finished second at 11-under par and jumped from 11th to fourth on the Volvik Race for the Card Money List, while Ally McDonald and Madelene Sagstrom finished tied for third at 9-under.

Original story & photo courtesy of Symetra Tour

4-Time South Dakota State Champ Sidney Bormann Wins GreatLIFE Qualifier

Article and image courtesy of Symetra Tour.

Sydney Bormann of Parkston, South Dakota won the 2016 Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge qualifier on Friday at Willow Run with a 1-over, 73 to earn the final spot in the 2nd annual event next week at Willow Run. First-round play begins on Thursday, September 1 and the final-round is scheduled for Sunday, September 4. Bormann joins a field of 144 professionals competing for a $210,000 total tournament purse.

“I played pretty consistently today,” said Bormann, who made one birdie on the day. “I started out with a bogey early on and I knew it was close towards the end. I just had to finish strong and I did.”

Bormann, the three-time defending South Dakota High School State champion (2014-2016) started her freshman year at South Dakota State on Monday.

She has the same swing coach as two-time Symetra Tour winner and current LPGA rising star, Kim Kaufman, another South Dakota native. Bormann and Kaufman both work with Todd Kolb, who has an indoor teaching facility at Willow Run.

“She (Kim) is definitely a huge role model,” said Bormann. “In the summer, I play Willow Run about once or twice a week and it’s great to have the same swing coach as someone like Kim.”

Bormann also won the state championship as an eighth grader in 2012.

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to play with professionals and see what it is like at that next level,” said Bormann. I am looking forward to the opportunity and know I will have great support from the community.”

Now, the only thing she needs to do is explain to her chemistry lab professor that she has a professional golf tournament to attend to next week.

GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes gets new retro look.

50s themed remodel to open soon

GreatLIFE continues to look to the future of fitness, family, health and fun. But with the new remodel of GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes, they’re going back in time. The completely revamped bowling complex sports a 50s themed look featuring a soda fountain, diner and bowling lanes set to the sounds classic 50s music hits.

In addition, several bowling lanes have been removed to make room for three golf simulators for GreatLIFE members and guests to hone their driving and putting skills. A new viewing space has been developed with large screen televisions to display sporting events, movies and video. The remodel is rounded out with an all new roof and improved parking lot.

GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes is an excellent venue for corporate outings, kids parties, and group events of any kind. With the re-opening of this excellent facility, GreatLIFE continues its mission to connect sporting, health and leisure activities with members and families.

Opening soon at 2621 S. Spring Avenue, Sioux Falls. When it reopens, GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes will continue to offer members free bowling any time lanes are available. Other bowling alleys in the GreatLIFE network — Empire Bowl at 3800 S. Westport Ave. and Sport Bowl at 1901 W. Burnside St. — offer discounts and some free bowling.


Get Up Close and Personal – Volunteer!

As the entire city gears up to enjoy the 2nd Annual Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge in September, it’s easy to forget that there are hundreds of people behind the scenes that make it all happen. From setup to takedown and cart drivers to marshals, volunteers all across Sioux Falls come together to make this event run smoothly and to ensure visitors have a positive and memorable experience of the city.

You can be a part of the excitement by becoming a volunteer.

GreatLIFE is looking for local volunteers to act as host families and caddies, and to provide other services throughout the tournament. This is an opportunity to enjoy the action up close, meet world-class athletes and help Sioux Falls’ star shine proudly as the host city of the Symetra Tour – the Road to the LPGA.

You can help make this tournament a success, and have some fun on the fairway.

Visit the GreatLIFE Challenge website to volunteer, be a caddy, or host a tournament player.

For more information, contact Tom Van Wyhe, Chair GreatLIFE Challenge – or Cheryl Dodd, Co-Chair GreatLIFE Challenge –



It’s tee time in Sioux Falls – especially if you’re a lady golfer on the Symetra Tour – The Road to the LPGA. For the second year in a row the Tour will bring its slate of 144 talented women to Willow Run Golf Course to compete for a shot at a purse of $210,000 – with the winner taking home $31,500 – and points in the Volvik Race for the Card toward a coveted spot on the pro tour.

The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge is one of only four 72-hole events on the tour and one of only 23 cities to host the tour. According to the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB), Sioux Falls will realize more than $3 million in economic impact, depending on overall attendance.

The tournament will begin on September 1 with the winner clinching the title on September 4. It will be hosted once again by GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club and the Sioux Falls CVB.


Golfers from across the region can enjoy a spectacular view of the fairway action and the LPGA hopefuls, and enjoy a few special events throughout the week of the tour including:

• Free Kids Clinic with Mike Malaska – Tuesday, August 30, Willow Run
• Dan Boever, World Long Drive Champion – Tuesday, August 30, Willow Run Driving Range
• Feherty Live! – Thursday, September 1, Washington Pavilion

To add to the excitement, one ambitious young golfer will have the opportunity to earn a spot in the GreatLIFE Challenge at an open qualifier to be held at Willow Run on August 26. The qualifier is open to all South Dakota female residents and any female college student that attends an accredited in-state college or university. Entries close Monday, August 22. Contact Jason Sudenga, GreatLIFE Director of Golf at 605-940-7344.

The second exemption for the tournament will be Mariah Stackhouse, a recent Stanford grad that has been turning heads on the fairway since she exhibited a talent for the game at age four. She’s the first African American woman to earn a spot in the field at the U.S. Open.

Last year’s winner, Caroline Westrup, finished the tournament with a 12-under 272 total, followed Sweden’s Dani Holmqvist in second place and Italy’s Giulia Molinaro who finished third.


To ensure the success of this weeklong event, sponsors are looking for local volunteers to act as host families and to provide other services throughout the tournament. To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities or to sign up, visit

Sioux Falls Storm Special Playoff Offer for GreatLIFE Members

The Sioux Falls Storm is happy to provide all GreatLIFE Members and with an outstanding offer for the upcoming Playoff game.


GAME DATE: Saturday, July 16th – Indoor Football League Conference Playoff Finals at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Sioux Falls Storm vs. Cedar Rapids Titans. Kick-Off Time: 7:05 PM.

GreatLIFE members can purchase as many tickets as desired.

Seat Location will be the Lower Level West End Zone while inventory is available. All seats are reserved.

<strong>To secure this exclusive playoff price package, GreatLIFE Members MUST PHONE JIM LORIA with the Storm – Day or Evening – at 605.610.5902.</strong> This offer is NOT AVAILABLE at the Premier Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets or on Game Day.

FINAL DEADLINE TO ORDER: Friday, July 15th at 5:00 PM.  A credit card payment required at time of order.