From yoga mat to vaulted ceiling, Woodside Health and Tennis Club provides an open, airy environment for fitness fanatics and casual cardio seekers alike. By bench-pressing a 29-visit pass, guests will enjoy unfettered access to Woodside's many amenities including weights, cardio equipment, basketball courts, indoor track, indoor and outdoor pools, and more (tennis and spa rates are not included). In between cardio shifts on the TV-laden machines, well-warmed engines can shift gears during group fitness classes such as cycling and yoga. The club offers 70 classes weekly, each with a distinct emphasis, teaching method, and ability to reshape love handles into positive negative space.
Rockwood Golf Club’s short but challenging par-70 course once attracted the putting prowess of Harry S. Truman—a member before he became president—and still entertains golf enthusiasts today. Golfing duos of all skill levels will take pleasure in Rockwood’s 18-hole haven of short-game skill, negotiating tight tree-lined fairways and avoiding liquid hazards, such as ponds and the temptation to drink ball-washer fluid. Short approaches to each green are offset by a reliance on accurate tee shots, quality chips, and smooth putts and struts over quick greens. With a loaner from Rockwood’s cart corral, legs can avoid the tiring trek from shot to shot and focus more energy on an aspiring music career.
The Maple Creek Golf & Athletic Club's newly upgraded miniature-golf facilities offer two full courses of diminutive putting in an ample recreational complex. Players can direct orbs around angular obstacles or watch the action from a party deck situated next to the course. Recently replaced carpets on every putting fairway guarantee smooth breaks as golfers line up shots to bounce off of walls or gusts of wind for holes-in-one. Pairs can rest at tables alongside the links to enjoy the club's sylvan atmosphere or shoo away pintsize caddies trying to nibble on their shoelaces.
Theresa Van Ackeren grew up riding her bike on her afternoon paper route along the streets of Omaha, Nebraska. On her 40th birthday, she decided to return to that simple happiness by quitting her day job and opening Family Bicycles. She strives to make biking accessible to all who want to try by hosting rides, special events, and classes to bring newbies into the fold. In the shop, tools sing a tinny song as mechanics true wheels and spruce up soiled drivetrains. Family Bicycles also hosts a winter film series, showing bike-centric Hollywood dramas, documentaries, and the one where the Three Stooges lose their driver’s license.
Among the world's first underground paintball arenas, Jaegers Paintball Complex spans six subterranean fields, all housed within one of Kansas City's oldest limestone mines. Holding at 56 degrees year round, these cave-like playing fields give marksmen cover in the form of limestone columns, stacks of barrels, and upturned cable spools. When the weather warms, Jaegers' team ventures above ground to supervise four outdoor fields, where plywood structures and tree-cast shade present obstacles and cover for weekend games of hyperpipe, woodsball, and speedball. Back underground, experienced gunsmiths man a pro shop, where they dispense advice and repair gear. A refreshment area provides respite between games—players may bring their own food or order delivery from a nearby Pizza Hut. Further amenities include soda machines, WiFi, and free views of coffee-table books depicting historic paintball battles.
A staff of PGA professionals oversees the improvement of all-around games as juniors and adults refine their skills on Heart of America Golf Academy’s extensive grounds. Encompassing sprawling practice facilities and three golf courses, the facility gives players multiple amenities for working on their form. Golfers can play a nine-hole round at the River Course or practice short-game touch at the par 3 Rock Course; beginners can make a smooth foray into the game at the Hill, a three-hole junior learning center. Players can also head to the 36-station driving range, where grass tees mimic fairway conditions and double as smoothie enhancers for budding golfers.