Many opportunities for recreation and fitness can be accessed in the City of O’Fallon, and a great deal of these opportunities are active ones that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
The following are some highlights of things to do in the area when one wants to keep exercise in mind:
Parks are a high priority of Mayor Graham and the City Council. Over 200 acres of park space have been added over the past few years.
Active opportunities abound at the selection of parks in the city, where one can find things such as baseball diamonds and walking paths. Whether you are looking for a peaceful oasis such as the 109-acre Rock Springs Park, home to O’Fallon’s Dog Park, or a place to go as a family, like the new O’Fallon Family Sports Park, there are plenty of places to choose from.
Biking, walking, basketball and horseshoes are just some of the activities that one can enjoy at the parks in the area, and many of them also feature playgrounds that are appealing to younger children. In addition to wonderful park facilities, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department also offers over 100 programs that appeal to all members of the family as well as numerous summer camps for the children.
The City of O’Fallon was instrumental in the joint venture to open the O’Fallon YMCA. This family-focused facility is packed with recreational opportunities for children and adults. With a five-lane indoor pool, air-conditioned gymnasium, indoor track and 6,500 square foot fitness center, it is a complete fitness destination. The facility also recently added a state-of-the-art cycling center. The programming here is comprehensive, with a wide range of options, including offerings such as youth sports, preschool and teen programs, as well as offerings for older adults.
Clinton Hill Golf Course
Located in nearby Swansea and around since 1970, Clinton Hill is a mature 18-hole public golf course. With its very large greens and mixture of par three, four and five holes, this course is a popular choice for golfers of every skill level. It is a full-service facility featuring a clubhouse, locker rooms and a variety of different programs. Choose from opportunities such as the summer junior golf program, couple’s and regular leagues, or sign up for permanent tee times on the weekend.
Far Oaks Golf Course
This 18-hole, Scottish-style golf course features prairie grass and large oak trees on its well-manicured grounds. Bent grass greens and an 8,000-square- foot clubhouse help to ensure guests have the best of everything at their fingertips. Far Oaks is a public golf course, though membership is required. Tournaments, lessons and clinics are available on-site, as is league play and a junior golf clinic for boys and girls. What’s more, the facility has a driving range for those looking to hone their skills.
Stonewolf Golf Club
A 6,943-yard, par 72 championship public golf course located in nearby Fairview Heights; this 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course will please the avid golfer and outdoor lover. Bent grass greens are complemented by Zoysiagrass tees and fairways on this challenging course. Memberships, lessons and leagues are available, and there is an on-site clubhouse equipped with a delicious restaurant, pro shop and banquet and meeting facilities as well.
Tamarack Country Club
Opened in 1965, this Pete Dye-designed course is a great place for both fun and a challenge. Tamarack Country Club offers a well-maintained 18-hole public course that stretches over 6,282 yards from the longest tee, for a par 71. A driving range is also available for a golfer looking to improve his or her skills.
St. Clair Tennis Club
This tennis facility has a variety of programs, including leagues, tennis lessons, birthday parties, family nights and more. St. Clair Tennis Club is equipped with six indoor and two outdoor courts, plus a pro shop. Regular events include a military night with a round robin format and singles’ nights where there is also an opportunity for participants to socialize afterward. For children, there are several junior programs, such as “little hitters” or the “high school clinic.” St. Clair Tennis also hosts fundraisers and offers corporate membership package rates.
Anytime Fitness offers its members access to a health club that is practical and well-stocked. The facility features both Precor and Nautilus equipment for strength training and cardiovascular conditioning. There are free weights, upright bikes, elliptical equipment, treadmills and recumbent bikes as well as a full circuit of Nautilus Nitro Plus strength training machines.
From the flat screen televisions to the variety of amenities on site, this Gold’s Gym stands up to its reputation as a classic in the fitness arena. In addition to cardiovascular and strength training equipment, the O’Fallon location has a basketball court, group exercise classes, nutrition counseling, a pool, tanning and a hot tub on site. Childcare is also available.
St. Clair Bowl
This 50-lane bowling alley offers everything from league play to a youth program and lessons. In addition to all the lanes, the facility also boasts a large arcade with pinball machines. The “Beer Frame Lounge” has pool tables, darts and air hockey and the snack bar provides delicious goodies. The facility also offers childcare.d