Merging golf clubs, gyms, and pools for their exclusive members, GreatLife Golf & Fitness’s collective includes 13 diverse golf courses throughout Kansas and Missouri, from the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks in Grandview, Missouri, to the 1920-built The Oaks in Leavenworth. Golfers fearing course commitment can opt to play one 18-hole game on any of the well-manicured courses, all a prime lot for testing out swings or attempting a more avant-garde drop-kick method. Covering greens fees for four and two carts (up to $32/person) for one day, quartets can cruise around their chosen orb obstacle anytime during the weekday, while weekend play is limited to after 11 a.m.
Lazy T Ranch Adventures' owner Ron Wilson is, to say the least, prolific. Serving on several government agricultural committees, he has described himself as a 4-H member, radio broadcaster, Sunday-school teacher, and hay-bale stacker—and his poetry, in a wry nod to the lasso hanging from his saddle, has earned him the title of Kansas's Poet Lariat. His wife Chris is equally accomplished, currently serving as deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, and together they invite visitors to their cattle ranch—owned by the family for three generations—to tour attractions such as a historic 1860s stone barn and a collection of horses, cattle, goats, and chickens. The farm also hosts an annual autumn festival every October, during which guests can ride across the meadow on a haystack ride, pick pumpkins at the onsite patch, and sip on the tangy apple cider that dairy cows produce only in the fall.
Harvesting five indoor and six outdoor courts, Jayhawk treats competitors to a sprawling battleground for spirited orb-bashing bouts. Every membership to the facility comes loaded with special features, including a free instructional session with a net-conquering connoisseur for each new member, as well as access to multiple state-of-the-art ball machines that have recently supplanted outdated Civil War cannons. Members also have top priority in reserving courts and spots during special clinics and programs, as well as reduced rates for private or semiprivate lessons.
As summer turns to fall and the barbecue grills begin their migration south, The Patch at The Farm welcomes visitors to celebrate the dawning of the harvest season across its 30 acres. Taking up 11 of those acres, the corn maze's twists and turns test visitors' problem-solving skills. Bright-orange pumpkins pepper a 4-acre patch, patiently awaiting families to bring them home, where they'll fully blossom into pies or grinning jack-o'-lanterns. Over in the petting zoo, goats, chickens, and mini-donkeys entertain wee ones with rides and their ability to speak five languages. Other attractions include a hayride to Lanesfield Museum, ziplining, pumpkin bowling, a pedal track, and bounce houses.
Sun Resorts Tanning Salon gilds limbs with a fleet of UV tanning beds and private VersaSpa and Mystic tanning booths. To deliver even and radiant hues, the salon ensures that its beds’ lights are more closely clustered than a bunch of grapes driving a clown car and that the beds’ canopies aren’t overly arched. Patented spray-tan formulas imbue limbs with radiance without UV rays, and the salon’s Australian Gold tanning products help patrons become a beautiful shade of copper much like a crystal vase full of pennies.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars two-time champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 600 calories with each go-round.
• For $19, you get five drop-ins for yoga or 5Rhythms movement classes (up to a $60 value). • For $39, you get 10 drop-ins for yoga or 5Rhythms movement classes (up to a $120 value). The serenity gurus at Be Moved Studio embrace a holistic philosophy that encourages growth for the body, spirit, and chakra with a schedule of free-flowing yoga and 5Rhythms classes. The yoga classes require no experience and are taught by master pretzel impersonators, some boasting more than 25 years of teaching experience. On Mondays, Hatha Yoga students develop strength, fluidity, and stillness, and Thursday sees perfect-postured pupils move Beyond Yoga with bodywork, breath development, and personalized, monogrammed asanas.