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GreatLIFE Announces New Players Club

GreatLIFE announces its first ever Players Club, designed to give you the exclusive perks of membership. Join the GreatLIFE Players Club and receive:

  • Players Club backpack
  • Players Club players towel, head cover and name tag
  • 3 FREE green fee certificates
  • 10 days advance tee times
  • Advanced registration for GreatLIFE events
  • Free driving at Rocky Run anytime
  • 5 tokens for driving range
  • GHIN handicap fee
  • Free push carts at all facilities
  • 50% off hourly golf simulator rates
  • Customized key FOB

The Players Club is a great way to reward our loyal members with special privileges at a reasonable price. The annual fee is just $225 a year. So don’t wait to join our new Players Club, as membership is limited to the first 250 people.

Call or stop out to any one of the following golf courses to become a Players Club member:

GreatLIFE announces leadership changes

Original content published by Sioux Falls Business Journal with Jodi Schwan.

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness has named Nick Ovenden as its new president, along with a new leadership team.

Ovenden replaces Donn Hill, who has been president since GreatLIFE was founded more than five years ago. Hill has taken a new position as pastor of missions and operations at First Evangelical Free Church. His last day at GreatLIFE is April 30.

He will continue to have ownership in Bakker Crossing Golf Course, which is part of GreatLIFE.

“Everything I’ve experienced has led me to this point, and it’s the right thing at the right time that allows me to work with the church I’ve been part of all my life and use my passion for mission in places like South Sudan. I’ll still be a supporter of GreatLIFE because I believe in the mission and I believe we’re making a positive difference in people’s lives,” Hill said.

“The element that’s much different from even what we conceived was how huge the fitness role could become in this and how much the company could actually impact people’s lives through fitness and healthy lifestyles.”

GreatLIFE was founded by Tom Walsh Sr., who remains CEO.

“As with all things, there’s change, and I want to thank Donn for five great years,” Walsh said. “What we’ve been able to accomplish has changed the world. We’ve become a lifestyle.”

Ovenden is well positioned to take over the leadership role, Walsh and Hill said.

A Sioux Falls native and Augustana University graduate, he worked at the Sanford POWER program before becoming a trainer and assistant department head at Life Time Fitness in the Twin Cities. He joined GreatLIFE as director of fitness and nutrition in early 2014.

“I love everything we stand for,” Ovenden said. “I understand what Donn’s vision and leadership style has been, and I think I’ll be able to utilize a lot of the knowledge I’ve gotten from him and be able to take the company on for 20 or 30 years, hopefully. We’ve talked about changing the world, and that’s truly what we want to do.”

Ovenden will lead a newly named leadership team:

Brad Hansen is vice president of development. He joined GreatLIFE as director of food and beverage last year and has more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry, including as an operating partner at Burger King.

“Brad has a great financial grasp of the things we need to do, and he can help us take a step back and see what makes sense,” Ovenden said. “His food and beverage background really helps our golf and fitness centers take their offerings to the next level.”

Randall Hill is vice president of fitness, after previously managing the GreatLIFE Performance Center at 69th Street and Southeastern Avenue.

“Randall is an incredible leader,” Ovenden said. “He just turned 30, and he leads like he’s been doing it for 20 years. He’s a very visionary thinker, and he’s got people who follow him who put his vision into action, and that’s why he’s been so effective.”

Jason Sudenga is vice president of golf. He has led golf at GreatLIFE since its inception after doing the same at Bakker Crossing.

“Jason is the best business mind in golf,” Ovenden said. “He’s a golf mind but open to change and is not a traditionalist. He’s open to ideas and knows we don’t have a typical golf base.”

With about 40,000 members and more than 500 team members, GreatLIFE has fundamentally changed the golf and fitness market locally in the past five years. Ovenden predicts significant growth ahead, though.

“Our ultimate goal is to change the world, so we need to figure out how to manage our growth and be great at what we do, so when we grow into different cities, we’re providing the best possible member experience,” he said. “As long as we’re doing that, I think our potential is limitless. There are a lot of places with golf courses and fitness centers, but what sets us apart is our culture – our attention to detail and how much we care about our members.”

Ovenden is passionate about building GreatLIFE and brings the work ethic needed to do it, Hill added.

“We have a lot of people committed to doing whatever it takes to get it done, and Nick’s been that way from the start, along with many others,” he said. “He’s the right guy to carry it on.”

Ovenden agrees the job is more than a job.

“It’s so much more than a paycheck,” he said. “I know that’s cliche, but when you find your passion and understand your calling in life and you can apply that to work, it doesn’t seem like work.”

GreatLIFE Golf Simulator League

Sign up today for the all-new GreatLIFE Golf Simulator League at Suburban Lanes

TRUGOLF – Indoor Golf Simulators

An indoor golf simulator from TruGolf is much more than an ordinary virtual golf simulator. It’s an immersive experience with ultra-realistic graphics and precise analytics, designed to make lasting improvements to your game. Setup is surprisingly easy, as well. With virtual simulations of over 85 world-renowned golf courses and 36 modes of play, you can treat yourself to a different experience every time you turn on your personal golf simulator.

Limited League Spots Available:

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to play golf and have fun on the golf simulators at GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes!

Call Suburban Lanes to sign up today. 605-336-3800.

League Information:

Starting the week of January 8th, 2018, GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes will host a 10 week league on our brand new TruGolf simulators.

The league will consist of 64, two-person trams. Teams will be divided into four divisions. Each division contains sixteen teams. Teams will play divisional opponents throughout the season. The top two teams from each division will advance to the playoffs.


$175 GreatLIFE Member
$225 Non-GreatLIFE Member
– First week beer and pizza
– 10 weeks of play
– Playoffs (top two teams in each division)


League nights are every Wednesday and Thursday nights with two different time slots for league play. The first sessionwill be from 6pm-8pm and the second session will be from 8:30pm – 10:30pm.
There will be a Ladies League on Tuesday nights from 6pm-8pm
**If Wedensday and Thursday nights fill up we will have a Monday league as well

Tuesday League – Kaufman Division
Wednesday League – Palmer Division
Thursday League – Nicklaus Division


All matches will be 9 holes. There are a possible 12 points that may be earned in each match. There will be 3 ways to earn points for your team during each match.

Four-ball match play and individual match play, with two teammates playing their net better ball against the net better ball of the opposing team. The team that wins the hole receives 1 point; if the teams tie the hole, each team receives half a point. The team with the most points at the end of the match is awarded an additional point for a maximum possible total of 10 points per team match.

Individual Matches:
The individual matches will be played during your four-ball match each week. Each individual on the team will have their own match against one of the opponents. Each individual match will be worth 1 point. Before matches begin, players will be matched with their opponent based on handicap. The winner of the individual match is determined by the total net score.

League Handicaps:

We will use your scores from the first five weeks of league to generate a handicap. Your handicap will be based on your play throughout the season and will be adjusted each week by the committee based on your score. If you have any questions regarding handicaps, please contact Matt Drake at Suburban Bowl.


A two-week playoff season will begin March 19th (the week following the last week of the regular season) and culminate in Championship and Consolation matches. The top two teams from each division will qualify for the playoffs and will be seeded based on their total regular season points. Each seeded team will compete to claim the title of 2018 GreatLIFE Golf Simulator League Champions.

Playoff Spot Tiebreakers:

In the event of a tie, when deciding which team advances to the playoffs, ties are decided based on head-to-head matches. If there is still a tie after comparing head-to-head matches, the advancing team is determined by (in order):

  • Total points from the last 6 weeks of play
  • Total points from the last 3 weeks of play
  • Total points from the last week of play

Playoff Match Tiebreakers:

The winner of playoff matches resulting in a tie will be determined based on the USGA preferred tie-break method. The advancing team is determined by (in order):

  • Team score from the last 6 holes
  • Team score from the last 3 holes
  • Team score from the last hole
  • Team score on the number one handicap hole, and so on


GreatLIFE Golf Simulator Leagues Matches are played in accordance with the TruGolf profile handicaps or a USGA GHIN handicap. Teams/players are responsible for finding their own subs. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to cover your absence. If the sub does not have a TruGolf profile with a handicap or a GHIN handicap the sub will play to a zero handicap. Suburban Lanes will not be held responsible if a sub cannot be found.


All league players are recommended to find a sub in the absence of a player. If a sub cannot be found, a team may compete with 1 player representing the team. If both team members are unable to play and connot find substitutes, they will fail to turn in a score for the week and will forfeit that week. The forfeiting team receives zero points and the team winning by forfeit receives 8 points. If both teams are unable to turn in a score for a specific week, both teams receive zero points for that week.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 11pm


Make your Company Holiday Event Memorable at GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes

GreatLIFE is always focused on happier and healthier lives, and that includes work too. For a great holiday option for your team, department or entire organization, consider GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes Family Fun Center.

  • Packages with exclusive use for up to 76 people, available
  • Perfect for corporate or family holiday outings
  • 10 lanes
  • Full service 50’s themed restaurant, The Barrel
  • Old school arcade
  • Golf Simulators

An outing at Suburban Lanes is a great way to engage your employees, increase communication, collaboration and simply have fun. To book your event, call 605-336-3800.

For a more traditional corporate event, consider The Willows at Willow Run. Call David at 605-335-5900 to book your next event.



GreatLIFE is counting down to Garth Brooks’ return to Sioux Falls with a weekly ticket giveaway.*

Enroll a new 12-month membership with GreatLIFE – either Fitness PLUS or Golf and Fitness PLUS — and you will be entered into a weekly drawing to see Garth Brooks live.

Entries will begin August 14th and a drawing will take place every Thursday for four weeks beginning August 24th. Get a great fitness membership to kick start a healthy lifestyle and a chance at seeing some great music. Either way, you win at GreatLIFE.

*Offer good for new memberships only. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. New members must provide voided check or bank account information at sign-up. Excludes Mitchell, SD.

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness PLUS Saturday & Sunday Food Specials

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness PLUS Saturday & Sunday Specials on Food & Golf Simulators


At GreatLIFE, “plus” is our new passion.


All annual memberships are now GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness PLUS and GreatLIFE Fitness PLUS. In addition to free bowling all week long, there’s now 50% off golf simulators at Suburban Lanes from April through October, and amazing weekend food specials!


Saturday’s special is a 12” pizza of your choice with a pitcher of soda for $10.50 (plus tax).
Sunday’s special is a Foddie Dog, chips, and a small soda for $6.50 (plus tax).


Those are just some of the many exciting new benefits available as part of GreatLIFE’s Golf & Fitness PLUS and Fitness PLUS annual memberships. Whether it’s premiere golf courses, the best in fitness equipment and instruction, delectable dining options or family fun on the bowling lanes, GreatLIFE is always looking to give members the most for their money. With GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness PLUS, we can guarantee family fun – all week long – at an incredibly low price.


Visit for more information.



Offers only apply to the individuals listed on the GreatLIFE Membership. One month free offer is not valid for Worthington memberships. For GreatLIFE Membership upgrades, please visit GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club or the GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center. 


March Madness Means Happy Times at Suburban Lanes

March Madness Means Happy Times at Suburban Lanes

GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes is a great place to be to catch all of the March Madness action, follow your bracket or just enjoy crazy food and drink while cheering on your team. All throughout the NCAA Men’s Tournament, we’ll feature:

• $2.50 nachos
• $5 domestic pitchers
• $7.50 pizzas
• $10 buckets (5 domestics)

GreatLIFE Suburban lanes offers family fun for all ages, with 10 lanes of bowling, 3D golf simulators and a vintage arcade. In addition to the March Madness specials, The Barrel retro-inspired snack shop offers a tasty selection of appetizers, sandwiches, pizza, and sweets.

M-Th: 8am-11pm
Fri: 8am-12am
Sat: 10am-12am
Sun: 10am-10pm

Phone: 605.336.3800

Address: 2621 S. Spring Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104


Warm up your swing. Warm up to spring!

Warm up your swing. Warm up to spring!

Spring is a great time to dust off the clubs, warm up your swing and look ahead to the greens. All while teeing up to a great gift – from GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club.

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness members who refer a friend will receive a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card*. And because one great gift deserves another, we’ll give each referred new member a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card* too. It’s just one more reason to hit the links.

Any season is a great time to commit to a healthier new you with all the benefits of a Golf & Fitness membership. At GreatLIFE, we’ve built a community of people committed to living better every day by staying active, eating healthier, spending quality time with family and friends, and finding joy playing together.

You can feel good about referring your friends because GreatLIFE is the beginning of a great lifestyle. In addition to golf, we provide our members with many practical and fun ways to integrate wellness into their lives.

• 15 State-of-the-Art Fitness Centers
• 25 of the Area’s Best Golf Courses
• Free Bowling – 3 Sioux Falls locations
• Free Fitness Classes
• Membership Discounts at Year Round Brown
• Sky Zone Trampoline Park Discounts
• Discounts on Stampede, Canaries, and Storm Tickets
• Swimming
• Tennis
• Personal Training
• Weight Loss
• Yoga
• Health Resources

New members can start today with golf and fitness memberships starting at just $59.99/month.

Drive, chip, putt and play your way into spring. Stop in today to sign up or refer a friend.

*Offer good for new memberships only. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. New members must provide voided check or bank account information to receive $100 gift card. One gift card per membership. Excludes Mitchell, SD location. Offer valid on 12-month contracts only.

GreatLIFE Golf Simulator Tournament – February 24th to 26th

Upcoming GreatLIFE Golf Simulator Tournament!

Join us at Suburban Lanes February 24th-26th for a 4-person golf scramble tournament featuring PGA National course (Home of the Honda Classic). This event features deals on pizzas, pitchers, and cash payouts!

Entry fee for this event is $50 per person (Includes muligans)
Skins is $20 per team (100% payout)

• $7 pitchers
• $8 single topping pizzas
• $1,000 cash to overall first place team (based on 35 teams)
• Two flights

To sign up, please call Suburban Lanes at (605)336-3800.

GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes Golf Simulator Tournament

GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes 4-Person Golf Scramble

GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes is excited to announce a 4-person golf scramble tournament January 27-29 featuring Oakmont Country Club (Site of the 2016 U.S. Open). Entry fee is $50 a person which includes mulligans, or skins for $20 a team offering 100% payout.

During the tournament we will also be featuring: $7 pitchers of beer, $8 single topping pizzas, $1000 cash to overall first place team (based on 36 teams) and two flights.

To register, please call Suburban Lanes at (605)336-3800.


About Indoor Golf Simulators
An indoor golf simulator from TruGolf is much more than an ordinary virtual golf simulator. It’s an immersive experience with ultra-realistic graphics and precise analytics, designed to make lasting improvements to your game. Setup is surprisingly easy, as well. With virtual simulations of over 85 world-renowned golf courses and 36 modes of play, you can treat yourself to a different experience every time you turn on your personal golf simulator.

Suburban Lanes Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday -8:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday – 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday – 10:00 am – 10:00 pm