At Jeeps Motorcycle Club, spectators cling to the edge of their seats as motorcycles and ATVs roar across winding dirt tracks, jump over obstacles, and race in neck-to-neck championships. Crowds cheer as bikes leap over big jumps in supercross events.
In 1989, The Strike Zone owner Darrin Paxton won the College World Series with Wichita State University, and afterward, went on to play major-league ball for the Expos and Mets organizations. According to the Derby Informer, he imparts the knowledge garnered during his career to players of all ages and levels at his 5,000-square-foot facility, helping them to improve their mental and physical game.
Atop astroturf fields, 5-to-1 indoor batting cages and a video screen allow hitters to analyze their swing, and private lessons enhance hitting and pitching skills. The space also hosts birthday parties for up to 30 guests, who can play dodgeball and kickball, watch movies, and quietly contemplate Mark McGwire.
Neon beer signs cast blue, green, and red light across the black ceiling, and tables populate with okra, mushrooms, and cauliflower starters—all deep fried to a golden crunch. An enormous projection TV broadcasts the latest game amid the pulse of a jukebox, and several flat screens promote revelry at the weathered wooden bar.
For more than 20 years, this casual sports bar has unleashed its signature third-pound burgers on Derby, topping them with everything from whole grilled-cheese sandwiches to chili and nacho cheese. After two-handing hot dogs or brisket sandwiches, guests can test their motor skills with the bar's free Xbox 360 with Kinect game base, or improve their coolness quotient by ordering the trendiest new summer drink: water on the rocks.
At Derby Family Entertainment Center, bowlers coast toward high scores atop 24 lanes outfitted with automatic scoring and bumpers for younger guests. On the weekends, cosmic bowling casts a celestial glow across frames. And during karaoke Fridays, competitors exchange balls for a microphone to serenade nearby pins until they fall over or at least pick up the bar tab. Away from the synthetic playing field, a 1,100-square-foot arcade jingles and jangles with games for all ages, and cheers leak out from inside Kegler's Sports Bar and Grill, which often broadcasts WSU or Kansas City Chiefs games on a massive, 60-inch screen.
A purely recreational facility, Frog Holler Paintball accommodates players age 10 and older across 25 acres of outdoor playing fields. The battle zone spans grounds of tall grasses and scrubby trees interspersed with sheltered hiding spots behind particleboard structures, tractor tires, and overgrown marshmallow bushes. Frog Holler Paintball supplies equipment, paint, and CO2 refills, and opens its fields to walk-on players during the weekend and groups of 15 or more on weekdays.
A chain of lakes runs through Hidden Lakes Golf Course, intersecting the land from the southwest to the northwest corner. When surveying the plot ahead of the course's 1958 opening, architect Floyd Farley wanted to capitalize on the chain's natural landscape, and wove the 18 holes around and over the waterways to present a sense of challenge and surprise.
The course name arose organically out of the layout, as did a popularity with golfers that continues to this day. Water is in play on ten holes around the 6,773-yard layout, and trees crowd the fairways on a good deal more. For a better shot at conquering the course or at least posting scores closer to the par of 72, players may need to put some time in at the practice center. Here they can hone accuracy with drivers and irons on the driving range, and build an intimidating aura with forward, backward, and between-the-legs putting strokes on the pair of large practice putting greens.