Ste. Genevieve Golf Club makes good on its promise as a golf course accessible for all skill levels, and then some. Four sets of tees is something of an unwritten standard for most golf courses, though some more generous ones furnish five. Ste. Genevieve, meanwhile, has six. Beyond the Blue, White, Yellow, and Red tees lay a Level 1 and Level 2 set, ideal for youngsters just learning the game, those with slower swing speeds, and those desperate for a hole-in-one that will finally impress their fathers. These tee options make the course as short as 2,256 yards or as long as 6,396, though challenges lurk around every dogleg regardless of length. A stream cuts across several fairways on the front nine, and tree lines run along the fairways throughout.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,396 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 112 from the back tees * Six sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
After setting its wheels to the pavement in the early 1930s, South Side Cyclery today operates three stores in the St. Louis area that cater to cycling enthusiasts, with two-wheeled steeds, tools, and accessories by brands such as Giant, Specialized, and Schwinn. The ride-wise staff at each location guides riders to new mountain, road, or children’s bikes suited to any size, skill level, or fear of unicyclists. Visitors peruse more than 800 bikes in stock, enjoying free on-site assembly before wheeling their new toy off the lot. New rides include complimentary adjustments for one year, whereas all services—including tune-ups, flat-tire fixes, and chest bumps on the way out the door—also carry a 90-day warranty.
Rated four stars by Golf Digest, Crown Pointe Golf Club's gently rolling greens offer significant yardage and challenges to golfers of all strokes. Enjoy a day of unlimited golf with a good friend or score-settling enemy launching dimpled spheroids through an 18-hole par 72 course sprinkled with high bluffs and watery golf graves. Provided golf carts allow golfers and their entourage of clubs to zip easily across the whopping 7,069 yards of grassy expanses. The second option gives club-wielding action adventurers a one-night stay at the luxurious Crown Pointe Lodge. Restore overworked muscles and overparched gills in the lodge's indoor swimming pool and hot tub before retiring to the one of the upscale rooms.
Claiming consistent five-star satisfaction ratings, the pigment professionals at Ultimate Paintball keep air-powered mercenaries supplied with the implements of civilized combat. Arms-needy gladiators can acquire a Spyder Victor paintball gun, a marker whose aluminum body, high-impact trigger frame and tool-free striker-plug design requires only minimal maintenance and subdued displays of affection for all-day blasting ($57.95). For face protection, a JT Radar Elite Goggles paintball mask ($25.95) encases heads in a low-profile, fog-resistant façade. Ammo replenishments include a 2,000-count box of Empire Diablo Formula 13 paintball rounds ($54.95) or the baseball-shaped Tippman Atomic Big Boy paintball grenade, which bespatters foes in 10 ounces of blue paint that smells of distilled sky ($5.95).
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, a USDA–approved big-cat rescue facility, plays motherly host to a roaring family composed of five tigers and a lone lioness with a sultry swagger. Adopting philanthropists can align with their striped or unstriped spirit animal, choosing from noble felines such as the elder Mohan—a white male tiger with blue eyes, a pink nose, and a natural screen presence—or Raja—the relentlessly caring mother of sisters Gracie and Thor.