Cyclextreme’s team introduces Columbia-area clients to a robust cycling culture through a full-service bike shop and rental service. With their own helmets in hand, customers will arrive to pick out a manual two-wheeler for an extended jaunt around the city or into the surrounding fields, frequently criss-crossed by wild pelotons. Riders may take up one of Cyclextreme’s suggested street loops, which vary in length from 20.5 miles to 40 miles and roam over a mixed topographical bag of hills and flat stretches. If trail riding more suits the cyclist’s taste, softer riding pathways stretch out from urban areas to support the circulatory exchange of humans between the city organ and surrounding rural tissues. The popular Katy Trail spears through most of Missouri, sweeping Columbia’s bike pilots along part of Lewis and Clark’s original route to fame, adventure, and the ability to properly tickle a bison. Saff members also kindly asks riders to return rented machines in the same condition in which they received them.
For more than 30 years, the owners of Jock's Nitch Locker Room have brought large sports-apparel stores to smaller communities throughout Kansas and Missouri. The racks and shelves of the Columbia location proudly display Mizzou gear that ranges from clothing to office decor and tailgating goods. Nike and Adidas logos can be seen on most of the apparel, as well as the inside of employees' eyeballs.
Along with Mizzou merchandise—on which current students and alumni receive 10% off—the store also offers gear celebrating the state's pro teams, including the Cardinals, Rams, Chiefs, and Royals. For graduates who have moved elsewhere but still want gear straight from their college town, the staff ships items all across the United States.
Under the leadership of owner J. Doug Alley, the staff of Ammo Alley trains marksmen of all experience levels through classes ranging from Practical Pistol to Advanced Firearms/Close Quarter Defense Tactics II. Instructors can also prepare students to apply for concealed-weapon permits or customize their training in private sessions. The pro shop stocks brands such as Glock, Ruger and Smith & Wesson, plus apparel from Packing in Pink and Mossy Oak. Ammo Alley also strives to connect customers with further resources by maintaining affiliations with organizations including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, and the National Rifle Association.
Golf Headquarters attracts golfers of all stripes with three courses, including the 18-hole executive Pheasant Run Golf Course, an 18-hole pitch-and-putt course, and an 18-hole miniature-golf course. The par 57 Pheasant Run Golf Course challenges players to send orbs spinning past bunkers and water hazards even after the sun has set, when lights illuminate the zoysia fairways for golfers who haven’t yet acquired an owl familiar to guide them through the night. When winter blows in, players can take to the driving range, where 12 of the 40 hitting stations are covered and heated, and aim balls toward raised target greens. At the clubhouse, a 2,500-square-foot pro shop nestles alongside the Roost, where guests can perch at a horseshoe-shaped oak bar or rest by a gas fireplace on the patio as they drink in views of golfers sprinting across the finish line at the 18th hole.
More casual players can tackle the pitch-and-putt course, where balls must cross distances of 40–100 yards to reach the full-size greens, or hone their short game at the miniature-golf course, dotted with serene ponds, streams, and waterfalls.
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Regardless of the time of year or day of the week, visitors to St. Clair Tennis will find the same thing: open doors and a staff committed to healthy, active lifestyles. For more than four decades, the full-service tennis facility has provided community members with year-round opportunities to improve their skills on the court. Players young and old find programs and developmental clinics tailored to their needs, while the professional instructors also lead private and group lessons, where players can focus exclusively on their swing or practice their serving grunt until it's the perfect pitch.