At Oak Hills Golf Center, golfers traverse an 18-hole golf course that loops around Hough Park Lake and hone their skills on the driving range. The City of Jefferson keeps the course open year-round, so long as frost doesn’t accumulate on the greens and vacationing nudists don’t show up in the sand traps unannounced. At the end of rounds or practice sessions, players can refuel with hot dogs, brats, and hamburgers at the course concession stand.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 5,908 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 68.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 119 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
The artificial-pond curators at Washington Park Ice Arena cultivate winter sports with a smooth, indoor ice rink designed for blade-footed glides. Public-skate sessions pop up day and night, and private rentals make for memorable birthday parties or helping pet rocks make the curling team. Ravenous ice dancers can gently stride over to an attached food dispensary to replenish on a sampling of food available for purchase. In addition to daily public-skating sessions, the arena and its helpful staff offer lessons for youth ice trotters, speed skaters, and pubescent snowmen learning to shave with skate blades. The oft-zambonied arena also plays home to a yearly smattering of University of Missouri hockey games, entertaining recitals, and seasonal festivals.
Beneath the looming curve of a balloon rippling from the heat of a 12-million BTU propane burner, FAA-certified Lighter Than Air pilot and mechanic Layne Wolters takes hot air balloons soaring into the Missouri skies with the skills only years of experience can build. Possessing more than three decades of involvement with the larger-than-life balloons, Wolters mans daily flights at Hard Times Ballooning, ascending at sunrise and 2 1/2 hours before sunset for the best views of superheroes flying to and from home in their street clothes.
Work It, Girl! Dance Fitness’s owner, Sandy, wasn’t initially convinced that pole dancing could translate to an effective exercise routine. She first encountered the sensual workout while watching a morning health show, and she immediately recognized some of the spins and moves from her days as a gymnast. So, with intrigue and reservations equally in tow, she journeyed to the nearest pole-fitness studio—one located 100 miles away—to see what all the fuss was about. After her first class, she was fully on board. She found everything about pole dancing to be infectious, from the sense of empowerment she experienced while twirling around the pole to the intense strength and cardio exercises that left her breathless after each workout.
Today, Sandy’s own pole-fitness studio introduces women of all ages and abilities to the liberating workout that got her hooked on fitness. Sandy’s team of certified instructors helps students spin and twirl through classes that incorporate sexy pole and chair techniques that are sure to spice up boring bus commutes. They also groove to Latin-inspired tunes during Zumba Toning classes and build cardio endurance during interval-based Turbo Kick kickboxing classes.
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.