The Clinton Country Club, which has been in operation near Truman Lake for more than 100 years, exudes a welcoming environment that encompasses a sprawling 18-hole golf course, driving range, and putting area. The cart rental enables golfers to easily whisk across the course’s verdant green turf and terrain before heading to the full-service bar, dining room, or pro shop, all of which overlook the course. Soda ($1.50), hot dogs ($2.50), beer ($2.50), and more are all available from the club’s eatery.
A golf club's atmosphere can often be traced to the personality of the head golf professional. For the members and guests at the semiprivate Rolling Hills Country Club, that is a very good thing. Head Professional and PGA member Steve Nolawski infuses his great number of roles?from general manager to lesson-giver to tee-time receptionist?with a friendly smile and player-oriented approach. Steve has served in this all-encompassing capacity for the club since 2001, as well as created leagues, set up club tournaments, and coached on-course etiquette to the resident squirrels.
The 18-hole course, however, is naturally the club's focal point. Stretching 6,500 yards from the tips, it's a intermediate-length course that's manageable for beginners, a challenge to avid players, and walkable for those who enjoy golf's exercise. A driving range, practice green, and pro shop round out the club.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,590 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 120 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Visiting Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden, is a serene experience made even moreso by the butterflies and birds that call the area home.
With Truman Lake Air Sports' airborne activities, adrenaline junkies can soar over the titular lake in a powered paraglider or free fall from a plane. Powered paragliding allows adventurers to use a combination of wind and motor power, instead of strings attached to a flock of birds, to glide through the air. Truman Lake Air Sports pairs students with an instructor during tandem flights that last anywhere between 5 to 30 minutes. Instructors can also take skydivers out on tandem dives.
Located inside Harrisonville City Park, High Performance Paintball has spent the past decade filling their 10 acres of civic space with colorful paint splatters. Combat rages across their three fields, which include a speedball field furnished with inflated barriers where skilled players can hide during fast-paced melees. While one wooded field has enough open space for more than 20 players, the second favors deliberate stalking with dense trees, a burbling creek, and a 3,000 square-foot fort with multiple rooms.
Balloon AD-Ventures' pilots deftly guide their balloon baskets low enough for passengers to pluck leaves from the trees. Alternatively, they can ride the wind to altitudes of up to 3,000 feet, which showcase views of the downtown skyline and wildlife. Since 1985, the company has flown groups over South Kansas City and across the US on aerial balloon adventures.