Busts of Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, and Jack Buck line the Legends Walkway outside the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. But the museum spotlights more than just baseball history. Its inductees hail from the high school, collegiate, and professional ranks, including players and coaches from the Rams, Chiefs, Royals, and Blues. Highlights of the many exhibits and articles of sports memorabilia include the Budweiser NASCAR car, the wing dedicated to the Missouri Valley Conference, and the pole that Paul Bunyan used to vault over the St. Louis Arch.
Balance beams, trampolines, and uneven bars fill the space at Dynamics Gymnastics. That equipment, along with trained experts, provides the means for students to learn the art of gymnastics and cheerleading. Adults get their turn at the gym?s south location, which holds yoga, Zumba, and boot-camp classes. In addition to classes, the gym hosts birthday parties and watches kids during Parents Night Out events.
Sharky's Billiards and Grill caters to billiards buffs with a plethora of Brunswick Gold Crown nine-foot pool tables and a menu of delectable eats. Under the ambient lights of the pool hall, players challenge each other to games of 8-ball, 9-ball, and stick-ball, an exciting and totally illegal fusion of billiards and baseball. Stay fresh during your two hours of play with a cheeseburger and fries ($6.50) or a platter of chips and salsa or cheese dip ($2), then knock back a cold bottled or draft beer ($2 for domestic, $3 for premium) to maintain laser-like focus during daring bank shots. Aside from showing off its top-of-the-line pocketed tables and laid-back atmosphere, Sharky's entertains customers with pumping music and karaoke parties.
MoMak's, voted 19th best burger in Texas in 2009 by Texas Monthly magazine, quells carnivorous cravings with its bucket of mini burgers and other selections from its extensive menu. The Mo mushroom swiss burger nestles under a blanket of ranch, melty swiss cheese, and sautéed mushrooms ($6.99), and Mo's ground turkey burger, dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and creamy cranberry mayo dressing, delivers a taste of Thanksgiving in burger format ($6.49). Pay homage to the eponymous earl with the philly steak sub ($8.99), or buffalo chicken kaiser sandwich ($7.99), or douse hunger fires with bucketfuls of fries and onion rings ($3.99–$8.99).
Deer Lake Golf Course emerges out of verdant greenery and idyllic meadows to test golfers of all skill levels with its challenging topography. Players whack their way through more than 6,800 yards of lush fairways, overcoming an arsenal of obstacles that include sand traps, long shots, water hazards, and Pete Sampras's tennis racket. Before hitting the links, hone putting and driving skills at the nearby practice facilities, or receive direct guidance that can improve an amateur swing from a course professional. The clubhouse's grill appeases competitive appetites with drinks and sandwiches, fuel for participating in Deer Lake's schedule of golf tournaments.
Ozark Fitness Centers helps people slim down and sculpt muscle with an array of fun group fitness classes (such as dance-focused aerobic Bodyjam or the yoga body flow) and a slew of fitness equipment. Get your heart pumping on an elliptical in one of the huge cardio theaters, or use a machine with a private video screen for watching inspirational videos of strongmen bench-pressing goats. In addition to traditional equipment, women can use machines designed especially for gals in the private women’s gym. Free childcare is available in the health-conscious kidnazium playground, and the gym is open 24 hours a day during the work week. Spacious locker rooms and a smoothie bar augment workouts.