From their perch atop the elevated tee box on Teetering Rocks Golf Course’s signature third hole, players attack the heart-shaped green with a barrage of dimpled spheres. This memorable stroke represents just one component of a player’s bid for the 18-hole track’s par of 65, a difficult feat that stands at odds with the course’s relaxed ambiance. Clocking in at 4,309 yards from the back tees, the course typically takes less than three hours to complete, leaving the rest of a player’s day wide open for polishing golf balls and engaging a passion for golf-club puppetry.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-65 course
Total length of 4,309 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 58.9 from the back tees
Course slope of 90 from the back tees
Culled from the cranium of renowned Scottish course-crafter Donald Ross nearly a century ago, Hillcrest merges idyllic, sweeping greens with lush forestry to forge an unforgettable 6,774 yards of play on its par 72 course. Clink clubs with a close friend or sentient pair of Hulk Hands when cruising Hillcrest's historic 18 holes, peppered with rolling zoysia fairways and handy manifold tee boxes to accommodate players of all stripes. Following the final putt and strut, hungry golfers can indulge in a post-round feast at the club's bar and grill, which offers guests a mouthwatering medley of hearty sandwiches, scrumptious sides, and fountain drinks. Hillcrest offers rentals of golf carts for an additional $18.
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.
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 trainers at ProType Sports Academy adopt a multifaceted approach to exercise, basing their fitness programs on scientific research and personal experience. After talking to clients about their fitness goals and level of physical conditioning, they formulate workouts designed to prevent muscles from hitting the snooze button after too many repetitions. Trainers work with clients through each step of the process, guiding them through workouts in weight training, plyometrics, and Vertimax training, the last of which applies weight to legs and arms simultaneously. They also helm group classes in subjects such as kickboxing, yoga, TRX, spinning, and Pilates. These classes take place across a sprawling facility complete with two basketball courts, two indoor-soccer fields, a boot-camp field, a dance studio, and a quicksand pit that makes for some intense resistance training.
Cyclists to the last, the staff at Trek Bicycle Store take pride in the work they do, and they’re just as happy to sit and talk about the best bike routes in the city as they are to find the right part for a customer. If your bike's broken, the repair technicians can fix it—they work on all makes and models, and keep themselves updated on technology via annual educational clinics. And they offer a customer-loyalty promise that includes price-protection guarantees, satisfaction guarantees, and the assurance that if your bike somehow grows a third wheel, it is due to radiation and we are not responsible.
The store’s shelves brim with accessories such as pedal wrenches, tool kits, and bike chains, all compatible with any of the shop’s bikes. Outfits are available for hardcore riders or bikes that want to dress up as bike riders for Halloween.
Divers Equipment devotes itself to all things scuba. Since its founding in 1959, the business has evolved right alongside the scuba industry, which today features more sophisticated gear and higher training standards than ever before. In order to maintain scuba's status as an attainable sport for everyone, and not just for people born with blowholes, Divers Equipment offers a variety of training tools, including learn-to-dive classes and open-water certification courses. An onsite heated pool allows many of those training sessions to unfold right at the facility, and a full stock of new and used gear keeps divers properly outfitted for underwater adventures.