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.
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
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.
For more than 20 years, Carolyn and Buddy Raasch have been coaxing plump pumpkins out of the soil of their 80-acre working farm and sharing the harvest with guests. Visitors can hop aboard the hayride and meander through the 50 acres of pumpkin patch, seeking out the perfect gourd for jack-o'-lantern features or fitting atop a middle-school principal's head. Rabbits, goats, peacocks, and mules extend heads and paws for a good scratching at the petting farm, and speedy swine entertain onlookers during Uncle Lester's pig races. After skirting down giant slides and navigating a mind-bending bale maze, pintsize patrons can foster fall-time creativity by crafting scarecrows and enrolling them in art school.
Families can celebrate fall weekends with the hard-rock anthems of Cousin Herald and his music show. To take a taste of the farm home with them, guests can swing by the country store to pick up fresh produce, cookbooks, and household items, or stop at the Red Barn Cafe to enjoy cider slush and homemade fudge or sample fine wines.
Amid 20 acres of pastures and trails, the three barns and century-old home of Linden Hill Stables perch in the shade of mature trees, granting an idyllic setting for horse-riding lessons, birthday parties, and children's day camps. Property owner Lisa Hillmer tends to the horses each day, calling upon a lifetime of experience in training and showing American saddlebred horses. Through individually tailored riding lessons, Lisa helps students achieve personal goals, such as riding comfortably for enjoyment or participating in competitions. Her helpful staff also assists in boarding horses and monitoring kids at day camp. Students are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes while atop one of Linden Hills' well-trained steeds, their own horse, or a 1,000-pound housecat.