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GreatLIFE Golf Courses Opening This Week!

GreatLIFE Golf Courses Opening This Week!

The sun is out and the temps are up! GreatLIFE will begin opening golf courses starting Tuesday, March 8th!

Bakker Crossing – OPEN Tuesday, March 8th for walking only. Carts will be available starting Friday, March 11th. Driving range will remain CLOSED.
Willow Run – OPEN Wednesday, March 9th. Carts WILL be available and the driving range will be OPEN.
Rocky Run – OPEN Thursday, March 10th. Front 9 only. Carts WILL be available. Driving range will remain CLOSED.
Central Valley – OPEN Friday, March 11th for walking only and the driving range will be OPEN.

*Due to the early opening of the golf courses, only select products will be available in the snack bar and services will be limited until April 1st.

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.

Spring into Action

Spring into Action

It’s spring, and that means it’s time to get back on course and in shape – and a great time to become a GreatLIFE member! Sign up to become a member during March for just $59.99/mo. and get your first month FREE.

Unlimited golf & fitness memberships start at $59.99/month. Get individual fitness only memberships and access to 24/7 fitness for just $39.99/month.

With your membership, you can enjoy all the benefits of GreatLIFE. While unlimited access to the premier golf courses across the region is reason enough to join GreatLIFE, you also get free bowling and discounts on jump package discounts at Sky Zone Trampoline Park. GreatLIFE brings families together and enriches lives. You get more of the things you love.

·More Golf – 22 of the area’s best golf courses
·More Fitness – 10 fabulous fitness centers and FREE fitness classes
·More Activities – swimming, basketball, tennis, bowling
·Personal Training – and lots of other great perks!

Spring into Action and Save!
Join in March – Get the First Month FREE!

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Madison and Sunrise Ridge Offer Members More Golf Options

Madison and Sunrise Ridge Offer Members More Golf Options

At GreatLIFE, we’re committed to offering our members the most choices when it comes to healthy lifestyles. With the golf season just around the corner, we’re pleased to announce that Madison Golf & Country Club and Sunrise Ridge Golf Course are now a part of the GreatLIFE family.

The Madison Golf & Country Club is a hidden jewel in eastern South Dakota which features an 18-hole regulation length golf course and stunning views of Lake Herman. The diversity of landscape, rolling hills, and professionally maintained course make Madison a shot-makers dream and a favorite among South Dakota golfers. The 18-hole, 6,132yd, par 71 course is designed to offer an enjoyable round for golfers of all abilities.

Sunrise Ridge Golf Course is nestled among the roads weaving through the south edge of Colman on Hwy 34. This beautiful 9-hole, par 36 course offers a 2,825-yard challenge to golfers of all skill levels and another great golf opportunity for GreatLIFE members.

According to GreatLIFE Chairman/CEO Thomas P. Walsh, Sr., “I think all our members are ready to get back on the course after a long winter, and with the addition of these great golf courses they have more options to practice their game with friends and family.”

Polish up those clubs, practice your swing and get ready for a great year on the links with GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club.

Great Plains Golf Expo Exclusive!

Great Plains Golf Expo Exclusive!

Tired of winter weather? Get out of the cold and into the swing at the Great Plains Golf Expo in Sioux Falls. GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club is proud to sponsor the Midwest’s most comprehensive golf show February 27 and 28 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Members get in FREE. Show your GreatLIFE key fob at the door for free admission to the Golf Expo.

If you haven’t heard about GreatLIFE, it’s a great time to learn more about our mission to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. But it’s an even better time to join thousands of people from across region who enjoy the unlimited benefits of a GreatLIFE membership.

Become a GreatLIFE unlimited golf and fitness member for $59.99/month at the Golf Expo and get the first month FREE! Plus, we’ll waive the $50 initiation fee.

While unlimited access to the premier golf courses across the region is reason enough to join GreatLIFE, with new partnerships and perks, our members get more!
More Golf – 22 of the area’s best golf courses
More Fitness –10 fabulous fitness centers and FREE fitness classes
More Activities – swimming, basketball, tennis, bowling
Personal Training – and lots of other great perks!

Begin Your GreatLIFE at the Great Plains Golf Expo and get more!
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GreatLIFE Malaska Fitness Club Career Crossing is NOW OPEN!

At GreatLIFE, we know that to make healthy lifestyles happen, fitness has to be accessible, affordable and convenient. That’s why we’re pleased to announce the opening of our newest neighborhood fitness center at Career Crossing, located at 4101 W. Benson Road, suite 5, in Sioux Falls.

It’s convenient. It’s affordable. It’s right down the street.
• 24-hour access
• Personal training
• State-of-the-art equipment
• Free weight area
• Convenient showers

Get an individual fitness only membership for just $39.99!
To make life even sweeter, GreatLIFE unlimited golf and unlimited fitness members get full benefits at all GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club facilities in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota for one low price. That includes our newest benefit: FREE bowling at Suburban Lanes and Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, and discounts on tanning right next door at Year Round Brown.

Single $59.99/mo.
Couples $69.99/mo.
Family $79.99/mo.

• 20 of the area’s best golf courses
• 14 fabulous fitness centers
• Swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, bowling, fitness
• Personal Training – and lots of other great perks!

Are You Ready for a GreatLIFE?

For membership information, call 605-361-0445.

Start Fresh. Start Strong. Start Now.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Get Tickets for Feherty Live! featuring Medal of Honor Recipients

Ticket dates have been announced for David Feherty’s Feherty Live! featuring Medal of Honor Recipients and LPGA Legends on Thursday, September 3 at 7pm at the Mary W. Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion as part of the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge event.

Tickets go on sale for the following groups:

GreatLIFE members – Thursday, August 13th, 9:30am
General Public – Friday, August 14th, 9:30am

Tickets are $10 plus tax for general public and $5 plus tax for GreatLIFE members.

They can be purchased by calling 605-367-6000 or online at

Heralded by The New York Times as “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson”, David Feherty hosts the popular talk show Feherty, the most-watched original series in Golf Channel history and is a CBS analyst and broadcaster. On this special night, Feherty takes his celebrated show live when he hosts the Legends of the LPGA and has the distinct privilege of honoring two Medal of Honor recipients.

Sergeant First Class Leroy A. Petry is a retired United States Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient for actions in 2008 during Operation Enduring Freedom. When a grenade landed between he and others, Petry attempted to throw it away when it exploded, saving the soldiers’ lives but severing his right hand. In spite of his wounds, he reenlisted and remained on active duty until his retirement in 2014.

Lt. Col. Bruce P. Crandall is a retired U.S. Army officer who received the Medal of Honor in 2007 for his actions during the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam. Crandall flew over 70 missions into enemy fire with an unarmed helicopter to bring ammunition, supplies and help evacuate the wounded. By the end of the Vietnam War, Crandall he had flown over 900 combat missions.

Feherty Live! promises a fun, lively and heartfelt evening with great athletes and distinguished patriots. Get your tickets by calling 605-367-6000 or online at

GreatFRIENDS Referral Program

Now you and all your friends can enjoy unlimited golf, unlimited fitness and unlimited GreatLIFE gift cards with our GreatFRIENDS Referral Program.

If you’re a member and you refer a friend, not only do you get a putting and workout partner, but also a $50 GreatLIFE gift card and a chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to Cancun. Refer four friends to get a FREE one-year GreatLIFE membership.

Here’s How It Works:

  • No limit on referrals. Sign up as many new unlimited golf and fitness members as you can. Each time, new and referring members will receive a $50 gift card and an additional entry into a drawing for a trip to Cancun.
  • Sign up four new unlimited golf and fitness members and receive a free one-year GreatLIFE membership.

Don’t wait! This offer ends 9/4/15 and is not valid with any other offer.

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

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