Just a short drive from the metropolitan tangle of St. Louis, Twin Rivers Canoe Rentals releases urbanites into the gentle, spring-fed waters of the Meramec River. Adventurers may choose which vessel will best cut through the water’s rippled pane that flickers with shadows from the canopies of trees lining the shore. In a kayak, a single boatman may ply past largemouth bass and flathead catfish or spy a whitetail deer sneaking a drink on the banks while its doe is at church bunco. Canoes can comfortably seat two people and a cooler, whereas rafts transform five to seven passengers into an inflatable party. The leisurely pace and tranquil environs encourage groups to stop and swim or to tether to shore for a picnic.:m]]
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
A 30,000-square-foot clubhouse overlooks the course as it cleaves through more than 200 acres of dense forest, undulating fairways, and a meandering stream that comes into play on multiple holes. Players' skills are immediately put to the test as they try to keep snorkeling gear in their bag on the fourth hole, where a stream runs along the entire right side of the fairway. As the front nine’s only par 5, the fourth hole still presents a birdie opportunity due to its sub-500-yard length, wide fairway, and lack of quicksand bunkers. The water continues flow on the back nine, which, at a full 400 yards longer than the front, makes players earn their postround beers back at the clubhouse, where they can survey the course's expanse through the structure’s massive windows.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,443 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 138 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
You can't run from your problems. But if you're fast enough, you can run from zombies. That's the idea behind Zombie Fright Run, a 5K that pits runners against the brain-hungry undead on the grounds of Six Flags Great Adventure. As some participants in running gear sprint past roller coasters and around swings, others in full zombie makeup lurch after them, attempting to grab flags from their belts. After the race, participants can spend the rest of the day in the amusement park or boogieing with fellow racers at the after-party.
Sugar Creek Golf Course connects 18 holes of elevated tees, tree-lined fairways, and tricky greens across 6,097 yards for a player-friendly, par 70 layout. Ponds come into play on three holes, adding variety to the scenic terrain and challenging golfers as they traverse the course while playing from one of three tee options. Sugar Creek also offers indoor par-hunting fun in the form of TruGolf golf simulators, which let golfers play on digital replicas of 60 famous courses, including Pinehurst No. 2 and Pebble Beach.
The Stallion and The Colt are the two courses at Crescent Farm Golf Club, the former being an 18-hole titan that spans more than 7,000 yards, and the latter a 9-hole, par-30 executive course. At The Stallion, golfers test their meddle amid heavily wooded areas, native grasses, and a dozen water hazards. The course's signature hole?the par-three eighth?features a tee shot that must clear a tree-lined pond. The architect behind the main course must have had a flair for the dramatic, as both nines close with the course's two most-difficult holes.
At The Colt course, small greens make approach shots a challenge, compensating for the modest length of certain holes. But while the two layouts offer different golfing experiences, they both weave through gently rolling terrain that makes walking or pushing a cart full of bunker sand across either course a breeze.