The course at Perche Creek Golf Club is comprised of 18 par-3 holes that gently introduce beginners to the game while still challenging veterans with ample opportunities for short-game improvement. Nine ponds delineate the holes and loom large as players line up their attacks from the tee, ready to gulp down errant shots. The flat layout allows players to nail down their iron distances, a crucial ingredient for proper course management. On nice evenings, course superintendents turn on the front nine's area lights, making for easier night play without having to give an alien a Walkman in exchange for plutonium golf balls. Perche Creek's driving range gives players a variety of targets to attack from 50 hitting stations and 20 synthetic-grass mats, earning it a spot on Golf Range Magazine's list of the top 100 ranges in the nation. The club also encompasses an 18-hole miniature-golf course, which challenges players with curvy putting corridors flanked by rocks and water hazards.
As a nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning Center helps kids catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school with a personalized tutoring approach for students of all ages. During the initial visit, children will partake in a Sylvan Skills Assessment, which highlights any trouble spots and serves as a baseline for future progress. Scholars will then traverse four tailored tutoring sessions, which cover topics such as math, reading, mindreading, writing, and study skills. Confident in their tutoring treatment, Sylvan guarantees a full grade level of improvement after 36 hours of tutoring, or 12 additional hours of tutoring are given at no additional cost. Sylvan issues regular progress reports, providing parents with a comprehensive look into their son or daughter's ongoing sessions and progress in pronouncing quinoa.
The hard-rocking sextet of Drive-By Truckers blasts out of the dirty South to take the stage at Missouri Theatre, pumping up crowds with their alternative blend of country, rock, and soul music in the latest chapter of the University of Missouri Concert Series. Touring on the heels of its latest album, the backwoods noir Go-Go Boots, the band peppers its Southern gothic tales with shredding licks from three guitarists and vocal harmonies honed in recent gigs backing up musical legends Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones. Publications such as Spin have praised the new material for its “late-night soul vibe,” citing frontman Patterson Hood’s ability to stir a cauldron with his microphone while lyrically summoning forth “a rogues’ gallery of ex-cops, misunderstood stalkers, and disgraced preachers willing to keep their secrets hidden.”
The cyclists of the American Arenacross tour transform crowds into an adrenaline-driven swarm of gasps and cheers with supersonic, gravity-defying competitions. During three-hours of racing, professional riders compete wheel-to-wheel across an arena floor peppered with ceiling-scraping jumps, sharp turns, and obnoxiously long stoplights. Bikers warm up audience applause engines aboard 50cc scramblers before professional riders coast onto the track atop 450cc MX bikes. Mixed in among qualifying and main events, an FMX freestyle jump-off pits high flyers against each other as they perform new tricks and recite cherished haikus more than 60 feet in the air. As an added bonus, Saturday's event includes a complimentary track party from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for all guests with a ticket.
With its fleet of luxury buses and limousines, Columbia Party Bus makes sure that the journey is as fun as the destination. Up to 12 passengers can comfortably lounge in a Lincoln super-stretch limo, equipped with a stellar sound system and wet bar. Leather wraparound seating hosts up to 18 in the VIP Entertainer limo, where visitors can craft drinks at three bars, soundtrack the festivities with tunes from CDs and iPods, or watch a DVD on the giant HDTV screen. The Dictator, a 24- to 40-person party bus, evokes a nightclub atmosphere with front and rear bars, multiple TVs, two laser-light systems, a separate VIP section, and a bouncer strapped to the roof. As Columbia Party Bus's pro drivers safely navigate clients through Columbia and its outlying areas, a complimentary concierge service eases logistical hassles by procuring dinner reservations, live DJs, and event tickets.
Freezing Missouri winter winds howl outside Tropical Liqueurs' fogged-up windows, but inside, the atmosphere is decidedly beach-like. Palm trees and nautical knickknacks decorate the lively interior, but the true stars of this tropically themed watering hole are the frozen-drink dispensers, which churn with colorful, fruity potations. Bartenders load large styrofoam cups with potent slushies made from creative combinations of juices, liqueurs, and fruit purées. They rotate drink selections regularly, spotlighting a toasted-almond concoction one week—packed with coffee liquor, amaretto, and vanilla ice cream—and a daiquiri with fresh strawberries the next. Icy potations in hand, visitors turn their attention to games of pool or flat-screen televisions, which broadcast local sports games or horror movies where local sports games come to a temporary halt when the mascot turns out to be an actual tiger. During warmer months, visitors loll in the sun out on the wooden patio and enjoy the beverages that Inside Columbia hailed as a "Columbia staple" when it dubbed Tropical Liqueurs the Best Place for a Girls' Night Out in 2012.