A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
The new owners of The Oaks Golf Club renovated the nine-hole Oaks course by expanding greens and adding dimension, resulting in 2,573 rolling yards with elevation variations as high as 50 feet. Take to the par 35 course with a fellow divot devotee and launch dimpled orbs through the air in spirited re-creations of the Apollo 12 moon landing. Each green on the course is now an average of 5,000 square feet in size, with recently built mounding around the holes adding nuance and difficulty to each putt and slice. A recently installed irrigation system helps playing surfaces stay fresh for birdies and impromptu company picnics.
GCW Retro-Cade welcomes guests of all ages into a beeping, flashing wonderland of classic and modern arcade games that's coin-free—players pay a flat hourly fee for unfettered access to each title. Visitors pass the time with the shiny graphics of high-tech new arcade games, or feed their nostalgia with old-school titles. After saving the universe from aliens or gobbling up power pellets, patrons sip soda and dine on snacks. Guests can also bring in their home consoles for repair and tune-ups.