Article was written for Sanford Health News by Paul Heinert (Click HERE for original copy)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A golf entertainment facility planned for the Sanford Sports Complex will be home to an interactive driving range, the Sanford POWER Golf Academy, a restaurant and meeting space.
Great Shots is scheduled to open in late 2019. The 54,000-square foot building will be built on the southeast corner of Benson Road and Westport Avenue.
“The vision of the Sanford Sports Complex has always been to create a place filled with activities the entire family can enjoy, and Great Shots is a perfect fit,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health. “This facility cements our commitment to the game of golf and will be unlike anything the region has ever seen.”
The heated, interactive driving range will be open year-round and include 60 bays spread across three floors, featuring a giant video wall with golf technology by Big Shots and Flight Scope. Season passes will be available.
The Sanford POWER Golf Academy section of Great Shots will incorporate a putting green, a series of private bays and the Sanford Sports Science Institute’s golf performance and injury prevention research.
“There are a lot of places that do parts of this, but we have the entire package –- from swing assessments to body movement analysis,” said Andy North, two-time U.S. Open winner and host of the Sanford International. “This facility will help take the Sanford POWER Golf Academy to the next level with dedicated space to work on all facets of the game year round.”
The full-service restaurant and bar will be supported by well-known golf hospitality company Troon.
Great Shots will include six meeting spaces for corporate outings, fundraisers and celebrations.
There also will be a kids zone with video games and other activities.
“Great Shots will draw people from across the upper Midwest, driving significant, vital economic activity at our area hotels, restaurants and businesses,” said Paul Hanson, executive vice president of Sanford Health. “Contributing to a robust, financially sound community is not only a responsibility and privilege of a major employer like Sanford, but it is essential for us to continue to attract the best and the brightest employees, physicians and researchers.”
The addition of Great Shots is the latest announcement from the Sanford Sports Complex. Retail giant Mills Fleet Farm and The Summit League headquarters already have been added to the growing number of tenants at the Sanford Sports Complex.