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Road Construction Near Bakker Crossing

Attention GreatLIFE Members! Louise Ave & 271st Street will be CLOSED for the remainder of the year due to construction.  This will restrict access to our Bakker Crossing Golf Course from the North. Attached is a map and directions for some alternate routes you can take to get to Bakker Crossing from the South.
A Couple Alternate Routes:

From the Interstate:
– Take I-29 South and take Exit 71
– Turn Left (East) onto 273rd Street
– Follow 273rd Street to 472nd Ave, then turn left (North)
– Bakker Crossing will be on your left in about 1.5 Miles

Using Western Avenue
– Drive South on Western Avenue to 273rd Avenue
– Turn right (West) on 273rd Street
– Follow 273rd Street to 472nd Ave, then turn left (North)
– Bakker Crossing will be on your left in about 1.5 Miles

Bakker Crossing Takes First Steps Toward Bringing Course Back to Roots

If it looks like yellow where green ought to be at Bakker Crossing Golf Course all of a sudden, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That’s the first step toward bringing the course back to its roots, with fescue replacing other grasses in the rough.

“Many years ago, we had a lot of fescue here, and it highlighted the holes,” general manager Jason Crisp said. “As you get deeper into the rough, this taller, lighter fescue will become more prominent in the course.”

What’s happening?

Crews are applying a chemical solution to the existing plants and will shave the treated areas down to between one-quarter to one-half inch and then plant fescue seed.

They’re doing almost 20 acres this year on the course south of Sioux Falls and will do the remaining 20 acres next year.

What are the benefits?

There are several.

“It’s more aesthetically pleasing, more well-defined target areas,” Crisp said. “When you’re standing on the tee, you can see where you want to hit it.”

Fescue also is a cold-weather, hardy plant that requires little maintenance. That frees up staff to focus on maintaining the greens, tee boxes and other areas.

“It also will be easier to play out of,” Crisp said. “The old rough is bluegrass and ryegrass mixed, and it gets really thick. If there’s any moisture, it’s hard to find your ball, and if you do find it, you’re taking a wedge and hacking to get it out. Because fescue is a lighter and thinner plant, you’ll be able to play it out and advance your ball much more easily.”

How long will it take?

Before the end of this year, you’ll start to see fescue growth on the course. The rest of the fescue will be planted next season, so it likely will take until the following year to really see the results.

In the meantime, the course will stay open throughout the planting.

“We’re having an awesome summer,” Crisp said. “We’ve always done well, but since becoming part of GreatLIFE, we’ve gone from about 25,000 rounds a year to 43,000. The course is always busy. We’ll still get you in, but summers go quick.”


This piece is presented by SiouxFalls.Business and the original post can be found here.

Bakker Crossing Fescue Project

Phase one of our course transformation is complete!

We are we doing?

We are excited to announce our latest course improvement at Bakker Crossing and will be changing approximately 40 acres of our current rough into fescue.



How long will the project take?

This is a 3-year project and phase one has been completed within these past few weeks. The best part is, the course will not be closed and will remain playable during the entire transformation!


What are the benefits? 

  • Less time spent mowing rough, more time maintaining tee boxes, fairways, and greens!
  • Well defined target areas to help you make your way around the course.
  • The course will have great visuals from tee to green with the contrasting grasses.
  • Bakker Crossing will still be challenging, yet welcoming for players of all ability levels. The fescue is easier to play from than the thick blue grass rough.


What will it look like? 

If you can remember Bakker Crossing of old, you might be able to picture some of the tall, lighter colored fescue that was prominent on the course. Over the years, a mix of blue grass and ryegrass has taken over.


We hope this helps answer your questions. Please let us know if you have any other questions about our project. We would love to answer them! Visit our social media pages to stay informed of our progress. 

2018 Father’s Day Two-Person Scramble

2018 Father’s Day Two-Person Scramble

We are now taking sign-ups for the 2018 Bakker Crossing Father’s Day Two-Person Scramble! Father son/daughter teams.

Sunday, June 17th, 2018.
8am Shotgun Start

We will hold the tournament in conjunction with the US Open. Each team will draw a player from the leaders of the US Open.  Your team’s score and the Sunday score of the player you draw will determine the winners.

Call or sign up in the Pro shop today! (605) 368-9700

Entry Fee: (includes Green Fees, Cart, Lunch & Prizes)
$90 per team (non GreatLIFE members)
$70 per team (one GreatLIFE member, one non-member)
$50 per team (both GreatLIFE members)

Youth, Adult and Senior flights available!

Ladies, It’s Time to Golf at Bakker Crossing!

Ladies night opens this Tuesday!

We are excited to see all our loyal members once again and cannot wait to meet all the new participants that have decided to join us this season!
Week 1, Opening Night
Tuesday, May 1st
Registration & Hors d’oeuvres
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Must have 2018 BCLGA Dues paid)
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
5:30 pm (both nines)
On the Menu
Meat & Cheese Tray w/ Cocktail Buns, Swedish Meatballs, Tortilla Pin Wheels, Veggie Tray, and Free Drinks!
Flag Prizes (both nines)
The dues for the 2018 BCLGA season are $50.00.
New in 2018, participants will not be required to pay $5.00 for the weekly competition.
BCLGA Members will now compete in a season long points competition. Each week will feature an exciting format and an opportunity for players to earn points. Points are awarded based on player performance and participation. At season’s end, the BCLGA will provide awards/prizes to the players with the most points.
Dues Include:
  • 2018 USGA Handicap ($35 value)
  • Opening Night hors d’oeuvres
  • Eligibility to compete in the Ladies’ Club Championship
  • Preferred course access on Tuesday evenings
  • Year-end dinner
Dues may be paid at the opening night registration or anytime between now and the end of the season. Dues must be paid prior to competing in any BCLGA event.
Reminder: To be a member of the Bakker Crossing Ladies’ Golf Association, you DO NOT need to be a member of GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club. We ask of you to spread the word and bring out your friends to try out Ladies’ Day at Bakker Crossing!
Thank you for being a part of Ladies’ Day at Bakker Crossing and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 1st!
For all information regarding Ladies’ Day at Bakker Crossing and to access the entire 2018 schedule, please visit the Ladies’ Day Website!

It’s Finally Time for Golf!

It’s Finally Time for Golf!

GreatLIFE is happy to announce the opening of Willow Run, Bakker Crossing, Central Valley and Rocky Run are open for play. It’s been a long time coming, but the links are finally ready for you. Additional courses are opening soon, so check out our full lineup at

Join today as a new member and get 13 months for the price of 12 and half price on the enrollment fee.

*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

Free Titleist Golf Ball Personalization at GreatLIFE

Get Free personalization on all Titleist golf balls ordered between November 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017.

Offer Details:

  • 1 dozen minimum
  • Up to 3 lines of text/maximum 17 characters per line – including spaces
  • Ball Types: Pro V1, Pro V1x, NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity, DT TruSoft
  • Ink Color: Black, Blue, Pink, Green, Redd
  • Double-Digit play numbers: Add $1 per dozen – Pro V1 and Pro V1x only
  • All one play number: Add $1 per dozen
  • Lead time: 1 week
  • December 8, 2017, is the last day that we can receive an order and guarantee delivery prior to December 24, 2017

Contact your local GreatLIFE Pro Shop to order!

  • Willow Run – (605) 335-5900
  • Bakker Crossing – (605) 368-9700
  • Central Valley – (605) 528-6122
  • Rocky Run – (605) 428-3498


Bakker Crossing Golf Course is now closed for the 2017 season

Thank you, everyone, for making it an amazing year! We will be counting the days down until opening day 2018.

The Pro Shop will still be open in November for the following business hours:
Sunday-Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Thanksgiving: Closed November 23-27

Our 24-hour fitness center will still be available for all GreatLIFE Members throughout the winter months and on holidays.

To view Bakker Crossing’s winter/off-season clubhouse hours please click here.

Bakker Crossing Year End Closeout Sale!

If you are looking for Christmas gifts or have any Golf Shop Credit to spend, we have all of our merchandise on sale! Stop out and take advantage of our year-end closeout sale:

  • 40% off all Polos
  • 40% off all T-Shirts
  • 40% off all Headwear
  • 25% off all Golf Bags
  • 20% off all Golf Clubs in stock
  • All sho3es sold at cost
  • All Ladies Apparel sold at cost

Thanks again for an amazing season!

There’s nothing better!

Our members already know there’s nothing like living the GreatLIFE. And we want to share it with even more families and friends.

Get started now and pay no money down and no enrollment fee. Take full advantage of this offer on any 12-month membership at any GreatLIFE location.

Plus you’ll get awesome perks, like great discounts at the Butterfly House and Aquarium, Skyzone, Skate City and discounted golf simulator pricing on select days at Suburban Lanes.

To see the full list of weekly offers, click here.
For all other Member Benefits, view our Member Benefits page.

So signup. Pay nothing. That’s really something! 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.

Exclusive Travel Packages for GreatLIFE Members

Great Stay. Great Play.

Make the most of your GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Plus membership by taking advantage of the GreatLIFE Journey. Premier GreatLIFE locations like Osage National, Tallgrass, and Premier Kansas City locations await your arrival.

3-day stay and play packages start at around $259* for GreatLIFE members. Or you can choose to say a little longer and experience a 5-day package. With all the planning done for you, these packages make it easy to enjoy the many beautiful courses in the GreatLIFE family – and have a relaxing place to stay, recharge, and get ready for the next day.

For suggested GreatLIFE Journey Packages click here to see full details and booking information.

*Pricing based on double occupancy hotel stays. Tax included. Incidentals not included. Includes all cart and green fees. Provided meals up to a $20 value; alcohol and gratuity not included.