SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health and GreatLIFE have announced a golf-based partnership that includes multiple sponsorships as well as perks for members of each organization’s health and wellness centers and fitness clubs.

“Sanford Health has many wonderful friends in Sioux Falls, and Tom Walsh, Sr. and the GreatLIFE team are certainly included,” said Bill Gassen, chief human resources officer at Sanford Health. “We like to support each other and do everything we can to get more people active and lead healthy lifestyles.”

GreatLIFE and Sanford Wellness Center members will receive a 50-percent discount at Sanford Health’s recently announced golf entertainment facility, Great Shots.

“Great Shots will be an excellent new perk for our members,” said Tom Walsh, CEO and chairman of GreatLIFE. “It’s a phenomenal facility that will extend their opportunity to play year-round.”

Great Shots is scheduled to open in late 2019 and will be the new home of the Sanford POWER Golf Academy. Award-winning golf instructor and certified PGA Teaching Professional Todd Kolb has joined the staff of the academy.

Kolb, a native of Sioux Falls and former all-conference golfer at New Mexico State, started the Todd Kolb Golf Academy in 1997. The 2018 Golf Digest Top Teacher in South Dakota winner has helped thousands of youth golfers improve their game while also coaching professional golfers Kim Kaufman, Angela Stanford, Maddie Shields, Elin Arvidsson and Andre Metzger.

Kolb joins a POWER Golf Academy team that features movement experts, strength and conditioning coaches and a sports dietitian.  

“I have had a great relationship with Sanford Health for many years, and I’m excited to officially team up with the Sanford POWER Golf Academy,” said Kolb. “Our goal will always be to make the game more enjoyable while helping you maximize your potential on the course.”

Willow Run, a GreatLIFE golf course where Kolb’s training facility is located, becomes the home golf course of the Sanford POWER Golf Academy with staff members continuing to provide instructions and clinics at the course.

Sanford Health is the new sponsor of the GreatLIFE Family Tees at area GreatLIFE courses. These tees are located further up the fairway and designed to make the game more enjoyable for all ages as well as beginners.

GreatLIFE will be a sponsor of the Sanford International PGA TOUR Champions event, Sept. 17-23 at Minnehaha Country Club. GreatLIFE members can enter the tournament through a special entrance off the 16th green and have designated GreatLIFE seating.

GreatLIFE will contribute a matching gift of $25,000 to Champions for Charities. Champions for Charities will be donating to several local charities including Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is one of the largest health care systems in the nation, with 44 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and nine countries. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and serving the Upper Midwest, with nearly 1,400 physicians, Sanford Health is dedicated to several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. Sanford Health has 28,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford over the past decade have transformed how Sanford Health can improve the human condition.

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About GreatLIFE

At GreatLIFE, our mission is to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. GreatLIFE has 22 golf locations, 16 fitness facilities, 3 bowling alleys and 4 additional partners in health. With unlimited access for members, the company is committed to offering the best in value, convenience and hospitality throughout the region. In addition, the GreatLIFE Cares Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, families and charitable organizations.

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