Both awarded a four-star rating by Golf Digest, the Outlaw and Posse courses at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex hug the jagged waterline of Smithville Lake, jutting out onto peninsulas to incorporate picturesque coves. Sculpted into the landscape in 1982, the original Posse course leads golfers over rolling bluegrass fairways that present multiple opportunities for golfers to appreciate the lake's grandeur and make bets with willing waterfowl. The Outlaw course, characterized by zoysia fairways, large greens, and ample opportunities to bask in the maritime surroundings, was added 12 years later. Wind makes for a formidable foe on both courses, placing a premium on proper club selection and choice of ball flight.
Posse Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,768 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.8 from the back tees * Course slopes of 125 from the back tees
Outlaw Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,016 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 138 from the back tees
At Strange Manor Haunted House, a cast of frightful actors, scary ambient soundtracks, and a bevy of special effects terrify patrons within an authentically aged and battered historic medical complex. Shrouded in thick vegetation and a blanket of mystery, the dilapidated building houses actors dressed as vengeful spirits who aim to spook guests by shouting shocking facts about the solar system. To darken the mood, an eerie ambient soundtrack broadcasts spine-chilling music as echoing sounds hang in the chilled air and special effects petrify thrill seekers. Though Strange Manor Haunted House’s frights are man-made, rumors of an actual haunting surround the historic building. Before it became a haunted house, surrounding residents reported strange noises and unexplained phenomenon within the vicinity, which earned it a genuinely eerie reputation despite the deceptively mundane Yelp reviews posted by ghosts living inside.
Each autumn, friends and families meander through the twists and turns of the 25-acre Liberty Corn Maze, whose GPS-precision-cut design changes every year. This year?s design, which commemorates the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) soccer champions, Sporting Kansas City, is actually composed of four separate mazes, each dotted with nefarious twists and turns. Visitors set off down 50-inch-wide trails lined with tall, swaying stalks, armed only with a map, their wits, and a lion sidekick whose fear makes them strong. Along the way, bridges lift travelers above the stalks and give them a bird?s-eye view of their surroundings. Friendly staffers keep guests on the right trail and help locate lost friends and family members. For young ones, a separate three-foot-high soybean maze provides entertainment while keeping kids within view at all times.
Since opening its fairways in 1967, Liberty Hills Golf Club has cultivated a golf environment that challenges all players with a versatile landscape that earned it hosting rights to the 2005 Missouri Amateur tournament and several Midwest Section PGA events. Starting out from the stately white clubhouse that anchors the club’s 140 acres of rolling terrain, golfers embark on a 6,530-yard jaunt that culminates at the highest elevation in Clay County. The fairways coil around two large central ponds that bear heavily on shot-making decisions, forcing them to choose between attempting to play a hook shot or hook a fish for lunch.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,530 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 130 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
While a part of the NAIA, the William Jewell Cardinals athletic teams were a force. The football team was the association’s first to reach 500 victories, and the women’s soccer team appeared in the NAIA National Soccer Championship five times between 2003 and 2010. William Jewell has since transitioned to the Division II level of the NCAA, where it competes as part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The move brought upon several changes, most notably a slate of new opponents and permission to open the "Division II" chapter of their playbooks. The Cardinals continue to host visiting squads at Greene Stadium for football and soccer contests and Talley Baseball Stadium for nine-inning duels.
For 27 years and two generations, Northland Rolladium Skate Center has hosted an endless string of family fun nights, strapping guests into their classic four-wheel skates for a spin around their colorfully-lighted roller rink. They teach skate lessons on the weekends to help kids master their first set of wheels, the skates included in the cost of the class. They also throw venue-assisted birthday parties, supplying the guests with bottomless pitchers of Pepsi products and reserved table space. The special boy or girl gets space on the birthday wall of fame to leave their handprint, a mark that never goes away, unlike coloring on the walls at home or slapping oneself in the face.