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
Martial-arts classes at Pride Martial Arts / Karate For Kids boost confidence and physical fitness in both adults and children. Classes for kids as young as 4 years old focus on building gross motor skills and self-discipline. Adult-geared classes teach tae kwon do techniques, advanced self-defense moves, and weapons training. Instructors also open their doors for birthday parties, where the birthday kid dons a black belt and cuts the cake with a special samurai sword.
High Point Arena is home to a bustling equestrian environment, with lessons for riders and short- and long-term boarding options for horses. Guests can rent indoor and outdoor riding arenas by the hour to use as private training grounds or to film a movie about a cowboy that falls in love with a fence. The grounds also play host to kids' birthday parties and a therapeutic riding program.
Both awarded a four-star rating by Golf Digest, the Outlaw and Posse courses at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex hug the jagged waterline of Smithville Lake, jutting out onto peninsulas to incorporate picturesque coves. Sculpted into the landscape in 1982, the original Posse course leads golfers over rolling bluegrass fairways that present multiple opportunities for golfers to appreciate the lake's grandeur and make bets with willing waterfowl. The Outlaw course, characterized by zoysia fairways, large greens, and ample opportunities to bask in the maritime surroundings, was added 12 years later. Wind makes for a formidable foe on both courses, placing a premium on proper club selection and choice of ball flight.
Posse Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,768 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.8 from the back tees * Course slopes of 125 from the back tees
Outlaw Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,016 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 138 from the back tees
One nippy Tuesday morning, Oliver H. Gerry swung open a set of doors inside the Grand Avenue Temple in downtown Kansas City. It was January 23, 1912, and that unfurled entranceway symbolized the first day Gerry Optical was open for business. In the 100 years since, professionally trained technicians have prepared eyewear to complement the styles of countless clients, including President Harry Truman and Senator Nancy Kassebaum. Today, each of the store's nine locations carries between 800 and 1,200 frames from brands such as Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, Prada, and BCBG, and the flagship store on 75th Street also houses its own grinding lab to quickly custom-craft lenses and fix cracks after cartoon eye-popping mishaps. To honor its deep community roots, Gerry Optical gives back by partnering with Lions Clubs International to provide discount eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged families.
SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.