Dear GreatLIFE Member, Team Member & Support Team, 

   I think the nice weather is beginning to stay verses the wild Spring we have had. With two major wind storms, we experienced some severe damage at our golf courses. Thanks to our GreatLIFE fitness Team, Support Team, and volunteer Members, we were back in business quickly. So, a big “Thank you” to all!  

   With school being out and the golf season kicking into high gear, you are invited to the free kids and family golf clinics held each week. Please welcome our newest PGA Professional Coralee Jorgensen, who is also the Augustana University Women’s Golf Coach. She will be around our GreatLIFE courses teaching and hosting events especially for women golfers. Another one of our PGA Professional, Drew Trautman, is heading up our GreatLIFE Golf Academy at Willow Run. For lessons and custom club fittings, please reach out to Drew at 

    With the school year wrapping up, a number of the GreatLIFE Cares Foundation’s programs get the Summer off. This past school year we had over 35 Teachers in 8 public middle schools and O’Gorman Junior High present Stand Together’s Youth Entrepreneur classes. With Tom Osborn’s TeamMates Mentoring program we were in 5 different elementary schools and our GreatLIFE PLAY Everything program was in 7 schools and at the Boys & Girls Club down at the Y. We are investing over $200,000 in supporting these programs. 

   With all the negative impact of Covid, adults and kids need more support than ever with record number of suicides, overdose deaths and mental health issues. Along with the Avera Addiction Care Center, we have introduced two programs that are being well received including our GreatLIFE Awaken program that emphasizes “own your morning, own your day and own your life” in helping people achieve their goals. We have also added the Phoenix program which we are doing at both the Avera Addiction Care Center and our 39th & Phillips GreatLIFE Fitness Center that is open to anyone, even for those that are not GreatLIFE Members. The foundation of Phoenix is getting people deeply involved in any type of fitness or sports and building a sense of community to aid those with substance issues. Face It Together has gotten on board and will be involving their peer coaches and utilizing their Recovery Capital Index (RCI) to monitor participants’ wellbeing.  

   On July 25th we are hosting our 3rd Annual GreatLIFE Cares Foundation’s Challenge for Change golf event at our Willow Run Golf Club. Through our GreatLIFE Cares Foundation, we have coalition of over 30 charities, civic organizations and the three school systems that we support in helping them fulfill their missions and goals. Please consider joining us on July 25th. 

   Sunday, June 19th is Father’s Day and our pro shops are loaded with great gift ideas from golf clothes, shoes, golf balls or a GreatLIFE gift certificate that would make great Father’s Day gifts! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! With Father’s Day approaching, we hope you enjoy the video. 

    We at GreatLIFE see our role in our communities as more than just providing great golf courses and fitness centers but making a significant difference in the people’s lives, especially those of children. We want you to feel welcomed as a family friend where you have a true sense of belonging. Thanks for being a GreatLIFE Member! 


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