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Ladies’ Fall Clinic

Join David Huffman and Rick Krsnak for a ladies’ fall clinic at Willow Run.

When: Monday, October 15th

Where: Willow Run Golf Course

Time: 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Followed by a social hour in the restaurant

Fees: $45.00

Includes: Clinic and 1 drink during the social hour

Food Special:

The Willows, following instruction, will be offering $2.00 off any entree or basket for those who participate in the clinic.


Spots are limited! Please RSVP to the pro shop at 605.335.5900 by Friday, October 12th.

2017 Links and Leinenkugel’s Summer Tour

2017 Links and Leinenkugel’s Summer Tour

4-Person Scramble at each stop on the tour.

Tournament Days and Locations:

Golf Addiction: Saturday, April 1st – Sunday, April 2nd
Willow Run: Saturday, May 6th
Bakker Crossing: Saturday, June 3rd
Central Valley: Saturday, July 1st
Rocky Run: Saturday, August 5th

Championship and Summer Skip Day:

Sunrise Ridge: Friday, August 18th

Winning team from each tournament advances to the championship round on August 18th at Sunrise Ridge in Colman, SD. Additional flights available for other golfers on August 18th.

There will be plenty of prizes and great deals on golf fees and beverages.

Sponsored by Dakota Beverage, GreatLIFE*, Billion Nissan of Sioux Falls, and Calling All Sports.

*GreatLIFE members receive 50% off entry fee at the 4 GreatLIFE Courses.

Call individual golf courses for your tee times:

Golf Addiction: 605.274.8903
Central Valley: 605.528.6122
Bakker Crossing: 605.368.9700
Willow Run: 605.335.5900
Rocky Run: 605.428.3498
Sunrise Ridge: 605.534.3121

What’s Happening at The Willows

Come see what’s happening at The Willows.

Eat, drink and have fun at The Willows all year long.

Open to the public, seven days a week, year-round for lunch and dinner, The Willows at Willow Run Golf Course is teed-up for happy hour and primed for the fall season. With the golf season cooling down, we’re heating up with lunch and football deals you won’t want to miss!

Delicious entrees, appetizers, flatbreads, sandwiches, soups and salads, round out The Willows experience. Take a short drive to east side Sioux Falls and see what’s new.

Lunch for $10
The $10 lunch menu is available Monday through Friday, 11am – 4pm. Enjoy a stunning view of Willow Run Golf Course and lunch with friends on your choice of:
• ½ lb Angus Hamburger, fries and soda
• Pulled Pork Sandwich, fries and soda
• Chicken Caesar Wrap, fries and soda
• BLT, fries and soda

Game Day Specials – Monday, Saturday, and Sunday
Come to The Willows with friends and family and cheer on your football team while you enjoy our game-day specials including:
Domestic bottles bucket – $15
Import bottles bucket – $18
Wings – Boneless, $3; Traditional, $4
Appetizers – $5
Chips with Salsa or Queso
Onion Rings
Cheese Quesadilla

Features – $10
Loaded Nachos (beef, chicken or pork)
Hamburger & Fries with domestic pint
Flatbread with domestic pint

Happy Hour – Monday – Friday – 4-7pm
The Willows also offers happy hour Monday through Friday with half-price bottles, wells and taps from 4-7 p.m. Our amazing menu and service, unlike anywhere in town, make The Willows your year-round gathering spot.

Great service. Great views. And GreatLIFE. The Willows Food and Spirits at Willow Run. Open to the public. 11am-9pm, Sunday to Thursday. 11am – 10pm, Friday and Saturday.

GreatLIFE Welcomes Fish Lake Country Club

100 Years of Exceptional Golf in Plankinton

Now you can take advantage of all GreatLIFE has to offer in Plankinton, South Dakota with the addition of Fish Lake Country Club to GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club.

Fish Lake Country Club was established in 1914 by local sportsmen as a place to enjoy recreational and social activities. Throughout its history, both serious and recreational golfers have visited Fish Lake to find good friends, a warm welcome and a great game of golf in a beautiful setting.

Known for its pristine greens and come-one-come-all mentality, this nine-hole course is located about halfway between Plankinton and Mt. Vernon, South Dakota off old Highway 16 and features 2,744 yards of exceptional golf for a par of 36.

The club’s bar and restaurant is a gathering place for everyone in the surrounding areas from old-timers to young families. The menu includes great choices from steak and prime rib to savory sandwiches. A wide variety of bottled beer, tap beer and top-shelf liquor is served by friendly bartenders and wait staff and the club is available for parties and get-togethers of all sizes.

At Fish Lake, you’ll come for the golf and stay for the GreatLIFE hospitality.

Walsh ranked among top golf innovators

Sioux Falls Business Journal
July 17, 2015
By Jodi Schwan


Great Life Malaska Golf & Fitness CEO Tom Walsh has been named one of the top 10 innovators in golf by Golf Inc. Magazine.

The publication ranked Walsh and Rick Farrant, CEO of GreatLife in Kansas, third and second respectively.

Farrant started the unlimited golf and fitness concept in Kansas. Walsh ran with it in the Sioux Falls area and has grown it 14,000 members able to use 19 area golf courses and 10 fitness centers.

“It’s beyond anything we imagined,” Walsh told the magazine.

The top spot for innovation to Erik Anderson, CEO of Topgolf, a concept that turns the game into a party scene with live music, televisions and courses that light up at night.

To read the full article in Golf Inc., click here.

LPGA Symetra Tour Coming to South Dakota for First Time


GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club in conjunction with the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) and Title Sponsor, Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls is proud to host the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at Willow Run as part of the 2015 Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA.

The tournament will be held September 3-6, 2015 at Willow Run Golf Course, with special events beginning Monday, August 31, and will provide an unprecedented opportunity for Sioux Falls to seal its reputation as a world-class destination city with all the amenities necessary to host an event of this magnitude. In addition, golfers participating in the tournament have a shot at the largest purse in the history of the tour – $210,000 – with the winner taking home $31,500 and almost certainly a spot on next year’s LPGA tour.

The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at Willow Run is one of only four 72-hole events on the tour and one of only 23 cities to host the tour. Sioux Falls will realize more than $3 million in economic impact, depending on overall attendance according to the CVB. If not for the GreatLIFE Challenge at Willow Run, Sioux Falls LPGA fans would have to travel as far as Kansas to attend a Symetra Tour tournament.

The tour brings 144 of the top up-and-coming ladies golf professionals to Sioux Falls to compete and support local charities including Make-A-Wish, Boys and Girls Clubs, Komen Race for the Cure, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and Troops First.

Willow Run Golf Course opened its brand new 16,000 sq. ft. clubhouse on June 1, just in time to welcome guests with a full restaurant and bar, banquet seating for more than 200, an 8,000 sq. ft. fitness center and indoor pool and Jacuzzi. The course will be in top shape after strategic renovations including an expanded driving range, state-of-the-art three-hole practice area and extensive landscaping. In addition to the club’s expansion, work is underway on the city’s premier luxury apartment development, The Bluffs at Willow Run, set to open in August.

According to GreatLIFE chairman Tom Walsh, “We’re proud to be a part of bringing this national tour to South Dakota for the first time in its history. It supports passion for the game of golf and keeps the dreams of young golfers alive, and that reflects our mission at GreatLIFE. It’s just a great opportunity for the city of Sioux Falls to shine.”

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

The Symetra Tour, the official Road to the LPGA, has begun its 35th competitive season in 2015. With the support of its umbrella sponsor, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. The top-10 money winners each season earn memberships on the LPGA Tour for the following season. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA including 2014 RICOH Women’s British Open champion Mo Martin and current Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 382 LPGA titles, including 45 major championships. Symetra Tour events have contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at

East Sioux Falls gets own version of country club

Sioux Falls Business Journal
June 3, 2015
By Jodi Schwan

Photo: Elisha Page/Argus Leader

The east side of Sioux Falls now has its own version of a country club, according to Tom Walsh, CEO of GreatLife Malaska Golf & FItness.

“It’s a country club that we open to the public is the bottom line,” he said. “It will rival any country club.”

Willow Run Golf Course opens its new clubhouse this week, and it’s packed with amenities.

Combine that with the massive upscale Bluffs at Willow Run apartment project connected to the complex, and the area clearly is in the midst of a transformation.

GreatLife changes fitness landscape

Walsh bought Willow Run in 2012. He has steadily improved the course, most recently adding a three-hole practice area and making a number of holes “even more grandiose,” but the clubhouse makes a big statement.

“I’ve completely lost my mind. I just shake my head,” he said. “It is so fabulous. I never, ever dreamed it would turn out this well,” he said.

It’s two stories, with a nearly 8,000-square-foot fitness center, an indoor pool and whirlpool, a banquet area for 200 people, multiple patios and a full-service bar and grill – The Willows Food & Spirts at Willow Run.

“What we’re trying to do out there with the neighborhood is bring an upscale pub, food-type atmosphere,” said Mike Fodness, director of food and beverage. Fodness was the founding general manager at Foley’s and has worked at Callaway’s and The Country Club of Sioux Falls.

The menu for The Willows includes more than one dozen appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, soup, salads and other entrees.

“I’m not trying to do a huge menu mediocre,” Fodness said. “I’m trying to do a nice upper-scale pub menu and do it well.”

The restaurant will be open daily and can seat about 100, including the space on its deck.

It’s also an amenity being marketed for potential residents at the adjacent Bluffs apartments.

The 161-unit project is on schedule to open half of its apartments in September. The units range from one to three bedrooms and include expansive views. Early tenants can help customize their units, said Craig Lloyd, CEO of Lloyd Cos., the project’s developer and property manager. Amenities include granite countertops, underground parking, individual garages, a guest suite and a GreatLife membership.

On a typical day, 180 people are working on the construction site. The first units will be available to view in July, but the project already has attracted a mix of young professionals and downsizing older adults, Lloyd said.

“I can’t believe we’re renting right now, but we are,” he said.

“There’s no other place in South Dakota you can live, that I’m aware of, that you can have a four-star golf course, great restaurant, a controlled environment. It doesn’t exist. It’s a lifestyle,” Lloyd continued. “It’s probably not for everybody, but if you like activities and you like to be part of something bigger than anything I know of in the city, it’s going to be a really nice place.”

More Improvements at Willow Run

Despite the much needed rain, the weather lately has allowed for another productive week on the course at Willow Run. Check out the photo gallery to see the latest pictures of the progress being made. The sodding process starts today, beginning with hole 17 before moving on to the short-game practice area and eventually the driving range.

What’s Happening at Willow Run

You know golf season is here when The Masters is on TV and you’re hearing that wonderful theme song by Dave Loggins. With that in mind, we thought it was time for an update on the progress at Willow Run.

We’re moving full-steam ahead on our brand new 16,000 sq. ft. clubhouse with restaurant, bar, pro-shop, two decks overlooking the golf course and a banquet room that seats up to 200.

The fitness center will be 6,000 sq. ft. with a group classroom, pool and jacuzzi. I must say it looks AWESOME!

Everything is on schedule and we cannot wait to get everyone out to see it!

Along with the clubhouse we will be doing some extensive improvements to the golf course. These are the projects we will be working on this Spring:

  • Renovating the driving range to increase the length while improving the drainage. The range will consist of a fairway with four target greens along the side of the fairways.
  • A brand-new three hole practice area that will be located between 17, 18 and the driving range.
  • Storm detention pond between holes 7 and 8.
  • Clearing out all of the trees on the right side of the creek on hole 17 to create a split-fairway.
  • New cart paths on holes 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18.
  • New restrooms on hole 6 and between holes 12 and 13
  • New tee boxes on holes 1, 8, 10 and 17
  • Adding three bunkers behind hole 9 green.
  • Extensive landscaping around the clubhouse to enhance the esthetics of holes 1, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
  • Most of the course will be sodded with some areas that we will seed.

With all of these renovations to the golf course and clubhouse, we feel it is best to let the contractors have complete access to the course with no interruptions.

We have set our target date to open the golf course on June 1st. The driving range and short game area will be closer to July 1st.

This project is going to elevate Willow Run to be one of the best facilities in the region. We want our members and their guests to experience Willow Run at its entirety.

Bakker Crossing, Central Valley, Dell Rapids and all affiliate golf courses are great options to play while Willow Run is shut down. We improved the cart paths at Central Valley and built restrooms in the area of holes 3, 5, 13 and 15. Dell Rapids is open with cart paths and came through the winter very well.

We are sorry for any inconvenience, but trust me it will be worth the wait!

Jason Sudenga, Director of Golf