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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.”

Fitness Plus Adds up to More Summer Fun!

Fitness Plus Adds up to More Summer Fun!

It’s been a long wait for spring to arrive. And now is the time to take full advantage of all the perks of a Fitness PLUS membership starting at just $39.99.

Why join today? Because we’ll give you 13 months for the price of 12 and ½ off your enrollment fee. Plus, summer is the best time to get outdoors and be active. Your PLUS membership really adds up – with free golf at Central Valley and Rock Run on Mondays and Tuesdays. There are also discounts and free nights at Sioux Falls Canaries games; plus discounted admission to Thunder Road, Wild Water West and Great Plains Zoo.

There are great indoor perks too like free bowling at GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes and discounts to Sky Zone.

GreatLIFE knows family time is important. That’s why we created so many ways for friends and family to share it together with healthy, fun activities. Join today to make the most of the summer ahead and receive your 13th month free and ½ off enrollment.

Join today and get more summer fun! For a limited time only

*Offer good for new memberships only. Please bring voided check at time of sign up. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. Excludes Mitchell, SD, location.

Upcoming Sprint Triathlon Spotlights GreatLIFE’s Expanding Events

An indoor triathlon next month will build on a popular event started by GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness and is a good example of how the business is offering more ways to help people be active.

The event at EmBe on March 3 is great for beginners through veterans, said Nick Ovenden, director of fitness.

It starts off with 10 minutes of swimming, moves to 15 minutes on a Matrix spin bike and finishes with 15 minutes running on a treadmill or curve with five minutes between events. The distance of each discipline will be recorded and put into a formula to weight them evenly.

“This is literally perfect for all levels, as it’s a very stable environment and you won’t feel like you’re being passed by everyone because it’s timed,” Ovenden said.

To learn more and register, click here. Space is limited, so don’t delay.

The event starts at 8 a.m., and spectators are invited.

GreatLIFE plans other events throughout the year, Ovenden said.

“Each year, we aim to listen to our GreatLIFE community and find new and exciting ways to keep people motivated to keep going,” he said. “Fitness events are a phenomenal way for our community to help set goals as they work toward that particular event.”








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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.

Get in a workout while the kids have their play at GreatKIDS Child care.

Get in a workout while the kids have their play at GreatKIDS Child care.

GreatLIFE wants you to make the most of your workout. And as part of the GreatLIFE family, you can also trust your kids to our child care services during your workout. Both GreatLIFE Performance and Fitness Center and Woodlake Athletic Club locations offer free childcare for ages 3 months to 12 years.


This convenient membership benefit gives you the opportunity to get fit, knowing your children are in good care with games, activities and other kids. Take full advantage at either location. Each has a two-hour limit.


GreatLIFE Performance and Fitness Center Hours:
Mon-Fri – 8am-8pm
Sat – 8am-3pm


GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club Hours:
Mon-Fri – 8am-8pm
Sat – 8am-3pm


GreatLIFE is dedicating Reid Hans Tennis Court, Friday, May 12th at 5:30pm at GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club in honor and in memoriam of longtime tennis advocate and friend, Reid Hans.

Hans was actively involved in the tennis community for over four decades; as a player, club owner, instructor, and friend to many.

The dedication will include appetizers and refreshments starting at 5:30pm, with the court dedication taking place at 6:00pm. All are welcome to attend.

Woodlake Athletic Club
4600 Tennis Lane
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Barre fitness expands GreatLIFE’s options

From barre beginners to aspiring instructors, GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness has all sides of this huge fitness trend covered.

We caught up with GreatLIFE’s Katie Nordquist, a master trainer at PulsePointe Barre, for more on all the ways you can get involved.

A lot of people might not realize all the barre options GreatLIFE offers. Can you fill us in?

Barre classes are currently offered at four GreatLIFE locations: The Performance & Fitness Center at 69th and Southeastern, 39th and Phillips, EmBe and Woodlake. Barre at Woodlake is held in the Hot Studio. Please reference the group fitness schedules for the most up-to-date information:

What do you think is making barre so popular?

Barre has gained huge popularity in recent years because it’s fun! And, of course, because people are seeing amazing results. Barre class offers a high-energy, low-impact fitness option. Much of class is focused on glute and thigh toning, but we also incorporate arm strength training and Pilates to strengthen and sculpt the whole body. Using the PulsePointe Barre method, we weave together muscle-sculpting barre choreography with exhilarating cardio segments to define and challenge the body in a whole new way. We take barre to the next level by matching each segment with upbeat music to make class motivating.


If people are considering trying it out, what should they expect? Any ways to prepare?

Barre beginners should expect to feel challenged and energized after their first class. Whether you’re attending your first class or your 20th class, expect your muscles to shake a little and expect to get a little sweaty! Modifications will be offered, allowing students to customize their workout, and, of course, relax and stretch whenever you need to. No preparation is needed to attend.

You also have a class coming up to teach instructors how to become certified. Can you give us a preview?

Yes, I’m so excited to bring the very first PulsePointe Barre certification and Pilates mat workshop to Sioux Falls April 29 and 30. Whether you’re looking to improve your Pilates and barre technique, add to your instructor toolbox or dive into teaching for the first time, this certification will be a blast. You can also earn AFAA/ACE/NASM CEUs (continuing education units). Visit to register.

If people want to learn more about barre at GreatLIFE, what should they do?

I would love to hear from you. Email me at with questions or catch me in person at GreatLIFE.

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.

Rush into GreatLIFE for Three Amazing Black Friday Deals

Not every Black Friday deal needs to involve bumps and bruises as GreatLIFE is offering these irresistible perks to everyone.

Avoid the chaos of Black Friday shopping and instead hurry into GreatLIFE to claim your $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card*, no initiation fee, and even a discounted massage. With three great deals this Friday, there has never been a better (or more relaxing) time to visit GreatLIFE.

This Friday only, GreatLIFE is waiving its initiation fee for new members (a $50 value). Stop in to find the perfect membership package for you, your partner, or the entire family. There is something for everyone with GreatLIFE’s fitness packages that feature free bowling and add-ons such as unlimited golf, unlimited tanning, and more.

For current members, refer your friends and get a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card* for each person who signs up as a thank you. And because we want everyone to celebrate the holidays in style, we’ll also give each referred new member a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card* as well.

Whether you’re a new or current member, why not get a massage from our licensed massage therapist Amanda, who is offering $10 off any massage. Treat yourself with a deep tissue, Swedish or hot stone massage and relieve any leftover holiday stress.

So stop in at either of our convenient locations below this Friday, and let GreatLIFE help you do more.

  • More Golf – 24 of the area’s best golf courses
  • More Fitness – 15 fabulous fitness centers and FREE fitness classes
  • More Bowling – Free bowling at three Sioux Falls bowling alleys
  • More Activities – swimming, basketball, tennis
  • Personal Training – and lots of other great perks!

GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club
4600 S Tennis Ln
Sioux Falls SD 57108
(605) 361-0045

Mon-Fri: 5:30am-11:00pm
Sat-Sun: 7:00am-9:00pm

Childcare Hours:
M-Th: 7:45am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 7:45am-1pm
Sun: Closed

GreatLIFE Performance and Fitness Center
5901 S Southeastern Ave,
Sioux Falls SD 57108
(605) 271-7324 | OPEN 24 HOURS

Staffed Hours:
M-Th: 5am-10pm
Fri: 5am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-6pm

Childcare Hours:
M-Th: 8am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 8am-1pm

Disclaimer: *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. Offer valid on 12-month contracts only.

Check GreatLIFE’s Holiday Hours Before Heading Out

A few locations will have revised hours this holiday weekend, so read below before leaving to work off your Thanksgiving dinner.

While we’re here to support your workout goals all year long, a few of our locations will have adjusted hours this Thursday and Friday for the holiday. In addition, fitness classes will not be held on Thursday or Friday, but will resume their usual schedule on Saturday.

The following locations will have shortened hours this holiday weekend.
GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club

  • Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) – 5:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (Fitness Center)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) – 7:45 a.m. –1 p.m. (Childcare Center)

GreatLIFE EmBe Fitness and Aquatics

  • Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) – Closed
  • Day After Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) – 6 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

The following locations will still have 24/7 access, but will be unstaffed after 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center
GreatLIFE X Fitness
GreatLIFE Fitness Club at 26th & Marion
GreatLIFE Fitness Club at 41st & Sertoma
GreatLIFE Fitness Club at 26th & Village Square
GreatLIFE Fitness Club at E 10th & Mable
GreatLIFE Fitness Club at 69th & Minnesota
GreatLIFE Fitness Club at Bakker Crossing
GreatLIFE Fitness Club Career Crossing
GreatLIFE Fitness Club at Willow Run
GreatLIFE Fitness Club in Central Valley
GreatLIFE Fitness Club Dell Rapids
GreatLIFE Worthington Fitness Club