With the Gateway Arch towering in the background, Gateway National Golf Links tests players with 18 holes of rolling links and lush green pastures. Tall grasses, lakes, and soaring cottonwoods fill in the rest of the landscape, with stone bridges and raised boardwalks leading the way from one hole to the next. Several of the holes offer views of downtown St. Louis, including on hole three, where golfers can see the skyline and the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in the distance. Before taking on the challenges of the course, visitors can get some practice swings in at Gateway National's various practice facilities, highlighted by a spacious putting green and a driving range.
Course at a Glance
18-hole, par-71 course
Total length of 7,178 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 75.0 from the back tees
Slope of 138 from the back tees
Five sets of tees per hole
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Locals and visitors will love the challenging and beautifully designed golf courses at Indian Mounds Golf Course in East Saint Louis.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Creve Coeur Golf Course showcases a relatively short 3,050-yard nine-hole course, but presents challenges in the form of strategically places stone-lined ponds. The course offers its manicured landscape as a canvas for beginners to discover the joys of golf and seasoned veterans to hone their skills. Its layout demands accuracy and deft course management to avoid disaster throughout, which often includes becoming careless with shot choice or running out of non-exploding golf balls.
On a normal day at Climb So iLL, climbers scale a giant eyeball, a purple elephant, and a giant tulip reaching toward the sky. These structures, inspired by Lewis Carroll and created by an architectural firm, reflect the rock-climbing gym’s unique aesthetic and a whimsical vision. The walls range in color from slate gray to bright purple, and accent lighting adds to snaking mezzanine levels and a well-stocked pro shop. The gym's modern design, which includes countertops and shop displays crafted from bamboo and recycled car hoods, blends into the original brick interior of the old power plant—from which designers salvaged steel and other debris to fashion the interior.
On each guest's first visit, a staff member will provide a tour and facility orientation in order to familiarize guests with their climbing options. Climbers scale 40 top ropes hung down from walls reaching up to 55 feet, along with smooth angles and overhangs across varied bouldering terrain. In a members-only 24-hour training zone open to all climbers during the day, they can practice navigating small overhangs and other problems. Onsite personal trainers and instructors also help hone skills and movement techniques through basic belaying and lead climbing classes. An accredited route-setting team regularly tampers with the gym's routes to keep climbers alert and extra gecko-like. An advanced ventilation system circulates and cools the air by maintaining a constant indoor pressure, and tall windows and skylights keep vertical pathways well-lit.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our classes are always tons of fun and filled with high-quality instructions so that you can achieve your dancing dreams! As one of the most experienced instructors in St. Louis, Lauren always strives to put students' needs first and takes your learning and success very personally. So, let's DANCE!
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Come to class wearing the correct clothing and shoes! For partner dance classes (Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk) wear shoes that stay securely on your foot and allow you to spin on a wood floor. For Samba be prepared to sweat a lot and dance barefoot. Also, bring a water bottle to all classes.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
My business tagline is "For the Love of Salsa" but we've expanded beyond salsa to other dances now. Still the inspiration was LOVE of dance, culture, teaching, and bringing JOY to the world through dance. Where ever we go and teach or dance, that is what we bring with us--love and joy!
What do you love most about your job?
Making people smile, laugh and experience joy through movement! Also watching people feel successful
and realize that they can achieve any of their salsa/bachata/zouk/kizomba/samba dreams with a little time and effort.