At any of the 15 Great Life Golf and Fitness locations, guests are encouraged to invent their own triathlon of gusto, switching from swimming in the pool to getting a total body workout to playing a round of golf. Great Life has facilities scattered throughout Kansas and Missouri, including golf courses such as the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks and the links at The Oaks, which were designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in the 1920s. Golfers looking for quick rounds can drop by the nine-hole courses at Maple Creek, Abilene, and CedarBrook. Gyms such as the 14,000-square-foot fitness center at Berkshire allow members or guests to pump iron or run on treadmills when they aren’t helping their golf balls safely reach the greens by paying golf carts to drink all of the water hazards dry. Although amenities vary at each club, all of Great Life Golf and Fitness’s venues boast a pro shop, and the courses at Berkshire and Prairie View maintain driving ranges where golfers can make golf balls practice flying without their parachutes.
Opened in 1989, Drop Zone Paintball Park's six fields sprawl over 89 acres of land, which play host to combat during sun or rain showers. In one field, a castle scenario corrals players into elevated turrets to defend against opponents who fire from surrounding towers across a makeshift moat. Elsewhere, trees lining ravines offer safe cover so shooters can take careful aim at their foes or draw their sweetheart's initials upon the trunks. Along with space for paintball and tournament-style speedball, the park's designers designated a special zone near the castle field where nonplayers can watch the action from a safe distance.
Golfers of all skill levels can swing the day away on the well-manicure greens at Osawatomie Golf Course, where an 18-hole, par 71 course unfurls with rolling fairways, verdant flora, and clear ponds. While attempting to overcome the course's lush, challenging topography, players can rove over pastures in their provided golf carts, the ideal mode of transportation to the snack bar, the driving range, or a forgotten dentist's appointment. After dotting the course with a series of complicated divots, golfers can refuel their energy at the snack bar with a choice of hamburger, cheeseburger, polish sausage, or hot dog, each served with a side of chips and a soft drink.
Pumpkin-pickers of all ages can frolic throughout the five acres of Peckham's Pumpkin Patch, where myriad agricultural attractions abound for autumnal amusement. Upon arrival, visitors board a hay wagon for direct, nonstop service to the pumpkin patch, where their future holiday pies and pumpkin rigatonis await them. Children and the young-at-heart can clamber up 20- and 40-inch tube slides, or ricochet against the walls of a bounce house. More than 200 large bales unite to form the hay maze, which outthinks guests with twists, turns, and super-intelligent lab mice.
CastleRock Paintball field is located just 4 miles west of Pomona Ks on hwy 268. We offer a unique Castle field and a hyper-ball field for those teams that want a fast paced game! Built in a former rock quarry so we can play whether it rains or not!!
The horses at Stepping Stone Ranch may as well be wearing plush bathrobes. At the full-care boarding facility, denizens enjoy such luxurious amenities as heated stalls—where automatic fly-spray systems keep their manes free from airborne pests—and 24-hour access to a 35-acre pasture, where they can gallop freely under the sun or channel the spirit of Secretariat in midnight séances. Stepping Stone Ranch's commitment to compassionate horse care ensures that equines will be in good spirits for riding lessons, during which clients learn from dressage enthusiast Vera Gannaway. Gannaway's lessons teach riders to find their balance in the saddle, develop soft hands on the reins, and calm bucking steeds by letting them get the Batman toy that the big boys have. In addition, Vera covers the basics of equestrian care in group horse-training classes, which prepare pupils to own and squire their own horses.