The course at Perche Creek Golf Club is comprised of 18 par-3 holes that gently introduce beginners to the game while still challenging veterans with ample opportunities for short-game improvement. Nine ponds delineate the holes and loom large as players line up their attacks from the tee, ready to gulp down errant shots. The flat layout allows players to nail down their iron distances, a crucial ingredient for proper course management. On nice evenings, course superintendents turn on the front nine's area lights, making for easier night play without having to give an alien a Walkman in exchange for plutonium golf balls. Perche Creek's driving range gives players a variety of targets to attack from 50 hitting stations and 20 synthetic-grass mats, earning it a spot on Golf Range Magazine's list of the top 100 ranges in the nation. The club also encompasses an 18-hole miniature-golf course, which challenges players with curvy putting corridors flanked by rocks and water hazards.
Throughout the week, Empire Roller Rink owners Willie and Lisa Trent connect with members of their community by hosting skating lessons, hockey games, and public skating sessions. Willie's father opened the rink in 1938, now Lisa teaches artistic and basic skating lessons, and Willie often disc jockeys skating sessions, pulling tracks from a digital library, which includes a selection of worship songs he breaks out for Friday Christian skate nights. Empire Roller Rink is also home to the Artistic Skate Club, a team that practices creative and competitive skating and travels to competitions across the country in a giant 15-passenger motorized rollerskate.
Horsin' Around Natural Horsemanship’s horse whisperer equips horse-riding adventure seekers of all types for equestrian success via in-depth riding lessons. Over the course of three one-hour classes, roan riders learn a host of horseback-riding skills, including tips on grooming and mounting, how to use riding equipment, and methods to care for horses and coax them into speaking. After teaching caballeros about mare care, Horsin’ Around imbues participants with techniques for controlled riding and bridling their steeds. Upon winning over prized ponies through strong eye contact and equine mind control, students can saddle up and explore the grounds' 13 acres of verdant pastures, ride around the 1.5-acre pond, or practice horse high jumps in the sand and grass riding arenas.
Though Gabriel has had a gift for music since he was 13, he knows that mastery over the piano is a lifelong journey. He still practices more than four hours a day, whittling his fingers down into more perfect instruments. Gabriel helps students hone their own skills with his lesson enterprise, Notes for Life, which shares its name with his debut album, a winding auditory road of funk and jazz.
The artificial-pond curators at Washington Park Ice Arena cultivate winter sports with a smooth, indoor ice rink designed for blade-footed glides. Public-skate sessions pop up day and night, and private rentals make for memorable birthday parties or helping pet rocks make the curling team. Ravenous ice dancers can gently stride over to an attached food dispensary to replenish on a sampling of food available for purchase. In addition to daily public-skating sessions, the arena and its helpful staff offer lessons for youth ice trotters, speed skaters, and pubescent snowmen learning to shave with skate blades. The oft-zambonied arena also plays home to a yearly smattering of University of Missouri hockey games, entertaining recitals, and seasonal festivals.
Bob and Tonya Brison impart their equestrian enthusiasm to the community through riding lessons, youth camps, and children’s birthday parties. The husband-and-wife owners of Fairview Farms LLC specialize in American Saddlebred horses, a breed originally registered in 1891 and prized for its easy gait, affectionate personality, and ability to read and write. Open since 2004, their 40-acre farm can accommodate more than 30 horses and comprises a climate-controlled arena and fenced-in outdoor riding area for lessons and training. In addition to offering lessons to riders of all ages and skill levels, the experienced team of trainers keeps show mounts in top form with daily rides and personalized feeding schedules.