The emerald grounds at Excelsior Springs Golf Course are seeped in history, showcasing some features that date back much earlier than the course's founding in 1915. On hole No.15?called "Oasis"?players tee off next to a monument marking the site of the Battle of Fredricksburg, fought in 1862, and an original log cabin built in 1825 still stands to remind golfers of the hearty settlers who once crossed the Mississippi in horse-drawn golf carts. When the course first opened, it was a 36-hole complex, but yet another major American event, the Great Depression, saw its reduction to the 18 holes that exist today.
Today, players continue to fire upon Zoysia fairways and storm the small greens as they make their way around the 18-hole course. Par 5s in hole No. 9, "Fairacre," and the behemoth, 593-yard No. 18, "Sunset," close out each side, presenting high hurdles for golfers before they head into the clubhouse and give clubs time to nap.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,603 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
In 2008, expert equestrian Jeff Strahle decided to launch Show Me Trail Ride Outfitter, a business that leads inexperienced and seasoned riders alike on scenic rides through the Missouri wilderness. While blazing trails within easy reach of Kansas City—such as the Katy Trail, the Big River Ranch trails, and Lone Jack Civil War Trail—riders follow Jeff atop competent, fit horses that sneak glances at GPS devices when nobody's looking. Jeff also organizes hayrides and crafts custom leatherwork that includes saddlebags, holsters, suspenders, and ammo belts.
The treatment menu at Sun Spa enables clients to select their preferred method of tanning from a roster that includes six levels of UV tanning beds and the UV-free VersaSpa system. Inside each of the five locations, Sun Spa's bronzing booths remain available 24 hours a day, presenting patrons with the opportunity to work around unorthodox schedules or warm up after bone-chilling nightmares. A selection of lotions by Australian Gold augments the effects of light-powered tanning excursions, and a storefront display of swimwear and handmade jewelry complement newly golden glows.
For more than 100 years, The Elms Resort & Spa has been pampering patrons with romantic suites, grand ballrooms, inviting verandas, and a full-service spa. Cozy up with a significant other or a stranger super glued to your knee in a romantic suite for two, designed to preserve the inn’s time-honored charm while still showering you with modern amenities, such as WiFi, in-room refrigerators, cable television, and 3D coffee makers. A complimentary bottle of wine (red, white, or blush) kicks off a passionate night of sensual Boggle playing and a room-delivered breakfast basket caps it off the next morning. In between, guests are invited to savor a sumptuous meal in the dining room, challenge a resident ghost to a thumb war in the bar, or relish any of the day spa’s many services, including massages, mani-pedis, and facials.
Hunt's Car Care employs a fleet of ASE-certified technicians to replenish four-wheeled friends, keeping engines running smoothly and combustion chambers properly lubricated with oil change services. With each oil change, motor vehicle caregivers remove the aging sludge clogging your horseless carriage's arterial system and replace it with up to 5 quarts of standard 5W-30 oil, swapping out old filters for fresh, ungunked oil strainers, as well. To make sure everything's in top form, they can also provide a free inspection and lubricate parts in need of some friction-fighting auto-unguent. Hunt's Car Care prides itself on maintaining a staff evincing preternatural levels of friendliness at each of its three locations.