|Trindle Bowling Center Comments - Add your comment|
|Comment Date: 5/29/2012 Name: Anonymous|
|Looks like Trindle has tried to improve a little. The cafe needs to be changed into a restaurant with more tables. Put some TV's in the restaurant. Glad to see Trindle has a cable package now. I hope the scratch league over the summer can lead to an even bigger scratch league in the winter. Jay is definitely the man!!|
|Comment Date: 8/2/2011 Name: Anonymous|
|I still think if Trindle changed a few things around, they could possibly bring in bowlers. One, you need a ramp. Back in the day, most bowlers only had one ball but I am sorry, these days most people have 2 and 3 bowling balls and there needs to be a ramp. Plus you should have a handicap ramp in the front. Second, expand the snack bar into a restaurant. Third, get some TV's in there, get a cable package and show sports. But again, most bowlers these days like having a bar to go to during and after bowling. So no matter what the reason is for not having a bar, Trindle will continue to hurt for business without a bar. Having Jay working in your pro shop could be and is probably one of the reasons Trindle still exists, that and with no alcohol, parents can feel safe having their kids there. I am a parent and enjoy taking my kid to Trindle to bowl.|
|Comment Date: 7/26/2011 Name: Anonymous|
|The church next door to Trindle has nothing to do with their inability to have a liquor license. It is because of the school that exists there that prohibits it. A business that sells or serves alcohol must be located more than 500 ft from a school. Even if the school were to move, it is very difficult to obtain a liquor license in Hampden township. Some of the few licenses that have been transferred in the township have sold for upwards of $400K, making it quite difficult for the small business to obtain. ABC West, which is in Silver Spring Township, was able to purchase a distressed license from Dauphin county through a loop hole in the PLCB laws that existed for a short period of time. That time has since gone.
Until Karl realizes that 40 lanes is too large in this day and age and does something creative with the space, this facility will continue to lose money. What is really interesting is that there in no one in his family, other than his daughter, that has shown any interest in taking over the business once Karl retires. His daughter does not have the business sense or connection to the public to run this type of business so it will be interesting to see what happens to Trindle over the next 5-10 years as Karl approaches his mid to upper 60's. Both Red Crown and the ABC houses, as well as Palmyra, all have family that is or will be involved in the on-going operations of their businesses.|
|Comment Date: 4/6/2011 Name: Anonymous|
|Trindle cannot have a bar due to how close the church is to it. It is a shame because they would fill the place most nights if it had a bar. WHAT THEY DO NEED IS A HANDICAP RAMP IN THE FRONT!!! Jay is the man!!|
|Comment Date: 12/9/2010 Name: Anonymous|
|I am too a league bowler at Trindle, but I am also a league bowler at Red Crown and ABC East and I agree that the owner of Trindle Bowl has let his lanes slip and does not seem to care about his leagues. My biggest question is this: Why in the heck do you have to walk up stairs to get in the bowling alley when it should have a ramp because most people who bowl in leagues bring 2 or 3 balls to the house? Anyway, Jay is one of the best pro shop people in the area and really does care about his customers. I think he gets overwhelmed. I prefer him over Earl at ABC North anytime since Earl seems to only want to sell you equipment instead of answering your questions about differences in bowling balls. The snack bar use to be the best in the area but they over charge way too much and I would have to say ABC East has the nicest snack bar now. Trindle needs a bar!!|
|Comment Date: 11/19/2010 Name: League bowler|
|Agree with the poster below.
I've been a customer here for years but this place is one of the worst now in the area. Until Mr. Schweitzer hangs up his bowling shoes and either sells or allows someone else to make decisions this place will never be a good destination like it used to be.
Several years ago they fired one of their best employees, a true "bowling" person because he would not ignore what he was seeing, particularly the way league bowlers were being treated. Now they only hire bimbos and morons that don't know any better and don't bad mouth the poor decision making. The bimbos do look good in their short shorts but don't expect much else from them.
The pro shop is good but very undependable and you never know if he will open the shop despite having posted hours and a very confusing week to week schedule that changes. Even if you make an appointment there is no guarantee that he'll be there or be on time.
I remember hearing a long time ago that the electric company shut off the power to the building one day and a league had to cancel because Mr. Schweitzer was too busy to pay the bills (several months behind) because of his horse farm. His priorities have never been with the good, league customer and looks down upon all of his customers as 2nd rate since he comes from money and they don't. His attitude cost him one of the better leagues in the center because he would not work with them to stay. Tens of $1,000's of dollars lost each year because of his arrogance and pride.|
|Comment Date: 11/16/2010 Name: Anonymous|
|Trindle Bowl has been deteriorating for years. They need new ownership, someone in touch on remodeling without purposely distrupting customers. The prices at the snack bar are outrageous. If you pay full price for bowling there you are nuts. They run specials on top of specials. The staff cares more about the place than Karl, the owner. He puts money into things that don't really matter, like the game room yet doesn't care if the rest of the place is a dump. The rock-n-roll bowl hardly drawns anyone anymore because people are not allowed to leave the building once they have paid unless they are willing to pay another cover charge. The comments below by "Ben" are probably by one of their employees of that name.|
|Comment Date: 10/12/2010 Name: Anonymous|
|Trindle does have the most leagues and it is because families can bowl there without the idiot drunks bothering everybody. Trindle does take care of their bowlers and I do agree, I wish Trindle had a scratch league (peterson points style) without being a challenge league.|
|Comment Date: 9/15/2010 Name: Anonymous|
|Can't agree more. You throw an honor score at Trindle, you earn it. It is the toughest of the "easy" house shots in the area. Jay is best!! Too bad Trindle does not have a scratch league that is not a challenge league. Outside of easy ABC West, I believe Trindle probably has the most leagues!!|
|Comment Date: 7/27/2010 Name: Anonymous|
|This is the toughest place in the Harrisburg area to bowl. I am glad Trindle does not throw down an "easy" shot like the ABC houses do. Those places are a joke. Too easy. Thank you Trindle for at least throwing down a semi-difficult house shot.|
|Comment Date: 5/5/2010 Name: Anonymous|
|Trindle, if it had a bar, would be the most popular place to bowl in the Harrisburg area. It is nice that it does not have a bar but if it did have a bar, you would probably steal many teams from ABC West because of prices and just a better place to bowl. The food is great there, probably the best bowling alley food outside of Clearview Lanes in Elizabethtown. Jay has a great pro shop and is very accomodating. The arcade is very nice for kids. Looking forward to bowling there over the summer.|
|Comment Date: 3/20/2008 Name: Court <3|
|this place is awesome i mean it's cheap and it has rock and bowl i mean come on you have a ton of fun there with out spending alot of money.|
|Comment Date: 12/16/2007 Name: Ben|
|See? lol i did leave a serious comment!|
|Comment Date: 12/16/2007 Name: Ben|
|This place rocks, it's cheap, it's non-smoking, and its a great family environment to bring people of all ages to. The employees and crowd there are very respectful 24/7. The food there is also excellent. I recommend Trindle Bowling 100% for anyone!|
|Comment Date: 9/25/2006 Name: mitch|
|excellent place to bowl, and the Laneside Cafe has terrific food and service. Ask for my friend, TJ.
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