Following strong season, GreatLIFE plans more golf improvements

This piece is presented by GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness.

With more than 160,000 rounds of golf played, GreatLIFE members took full advantage of the many golfing opportunities available to them for one low monthly rate in 2017.

“It was a really good year,” GreatLIFE president Donn Hill said. “And it followed an equally strong year in 2016.”

Bakker Crossing

Play is robust at Bakker Crossing and Willow Run in Sioux Falls, and rounds likely will increase again in 2018 because of solid management, he said.

“Our pros do a great job of maximizing the use of these courses, as they are extremely popular,” Hill said. “Because families are so interested in golfing and because we believe we will continue to grow, we are exploring opportunities to provide additional golf within Sioux Falls, which could include new courses.”

In the meantime, play at GreatLIFE affiliates outside Sioux Falls is a win-win for both members and the courses, he said.

“There were about 23,000 GreatLIFE member rounds at our affiliate courses,” Hill said. “We’re thankful for our affiliates, happy with the success and happy we can provide great additional courses for our members and rounds for our affiliates that they wouldn’t get otherwise.”

Here are some other highlights and plans for the off-season:

Bakker Crossing

With continued strong play, a three-hole family course will open in the spring.

“It’s a short, family course,” Hill said. “It’s great for those who are just learning or for families who want to get out and play together but don’t have hours to do it.”

Willow Run

Work in the off-season will center around making the course more fun for average players and more challenging for elite players.

“We’re making some adjustments and changing some tees and moving some water hazards, so it will make the course more playable.” Hill said.

Central Valley

Central Valley in Hartford didn’t open until April, but rounds were up 5 percent despite the late start.

“Golfers really enjoyed the new clubhouse, and our members who live on the west side of Sioux Falls have really gotten in the habit of visiting Central Valley and enjoy the convenience,” Hill said.

Rocky Run

Rocky Run in Dell Rapids had a solid year as well, and the prospects are even better for 2018.

“We’re remodeling the clubhouse, and it will be a much better guest experience,” Hill said. “It’s got a beautiful view from the clubhouse upper level, so we’re moving everything up there with a new dining area and pro shop that will really enhance the experience.”

Hidden Valley

GreatLife took over management of Hidden Valley in Brandon this year, “and it went really well,” Hill said. “We made some improvements to the clubhouse, and it’s an 18-hole, par-three course, so it’s perfect for families and great for company outings if you don’t want to spend all day at the golf course.”

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Following strong season, GreatLIFE plans more golf improvements

With more than 160,000 rounds of golf played, GreatLIFE members took full advantage of the many golfing opportunities available to them for one low monthly rate in 2017.

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