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Sleeping Giant Lanes

  Name: Sleeping Giant Lanes  
  Address: 3355 East US Highway 12  
  City: Helena  
  State: MT  
  Zip: 59601  
  Phone: (406) 442-1004  
  Hours: Noon-10pm 7 days  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: No  
  Food: Snack Bar  
  Comments: Sleeping Giants includes a bar with dart and pool tables, lanes, shoe rentals, arcade area, snack bar(includes nachos, pizza, soda, and candy) and mini golf.  
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How Does Sleeping Giant Lanes Rate?
Votes:    43
Lanes: Actual Value is 4Actual Value is 4Actual Value is 4Actual Value is 4
Food: Actual Value is 3.9Actual Value is 3.9Actual Value is 3.9Actual Value is 3.9
Price: Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8
Fun: Actual Value is 4.4Actual Value is 4.4Actual Value is 4.4Actual Value is 4.4Actual Value is 4.4
Overall: Actual Value is 3.9Actual Value is 3.9Actual Value is 3.9Actual Value is 3.9
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Comment Date: 11/2/2015 Name: Anonymous
I work at SGL and have worked there for years. It is unfortunate that the rude employee(s) bring the rest of us down with them. I can speak on my behalf on the behalf of several others that we do our best to provide great customer service and we do care a great deal about our customers. That being said, we will have our website up soon and will have the updated hours of operation! :) Please note, we are not affiliated in any way with the CHS.k12 website for SGL so please don't go to that for information, we are in the process of getting that site removed since we have no access or control over it and the hours of operation are wrong.

Comment Date: 3/8/2015 Name: Stupid bowling alley
My family and I have been trying to get open bowling on the weekend for 4 weeks! We have gone once before and they have the worst service. The music is also horrible and they always have a league or tournament on the weekend when we want to go! If you want to get in(which you won't) plan a few weeks ahead!

Comment Date: 1/10/2014 Name: scuba steve
im pissed thank you

Comment Date: 1/8/2014 Name: scuba steve
im pissed that there is no scuba diving here

Comment Date: 1/1/2014 Name: You Guys Have No Logic and I'm 14
Oh my gosh... really? QUIET PA? I'm gone talk lik u gis. U - um da pa is comin frum day bak of da plase so I think it's talking to me! Ur friend - umm no. I do league there so that's WHERE THE WORKERS IN THE BACK TO FIX THE LANES WHEN BALLS GET STUCK AND STUFF. so ya. It is so quiet. U - ya were smart. I'm gonna go run down da alley now. Ur friend - ya k me 2.

Comment Date: 7/14/2013 Name: Highschool League Bowler
I agree with Donna on one point. If I am going up to bowl and someone comes up in the lane right by me I do get distracted and have to restart. This is common courtesy even durring open bowling. I kbow it may be inconvienient to other but I also know what a pain it is when others don't know bowling "rules" but I think we all neef to respect others. If you are going to go bowling please just bowl when the person next to you is finished. Its less distracting for both you and the other bowler and you don't have to worry about pissing someone off.

Comment Date: 6/21/2013 Name: amanda
I love this bowling alley. Love love love it.

Comment Date: 4/20/2013 Name: Dave
I've been all over the country, and I've been to nicer ran, better staffed, and more courtious alleys in the ghetto of a couple inner-cities. The staff at Sleeping Giant Lanes should all be fired. The owner must be a total slumlord. Helena, the Queen City deserves sooo much more. It's a real shame.

Comment Date: 1/25/2013 Name: Anonymous
STILL trying to get in there and have a fun little date night, but they NEVER have open bowling during hours people want to go have a fun night, and they don't take reservations, and they don't have the common sense to let you know when non-leaguers could come in and give them money so, its quickly turning into more trouble than its worth.

Comment Date: 12/9/2012 Name: UPSET MOM
This is most definately the worst center that I have ever been to. Had a b-day party yesterday and the front desk person had enough nerve to call the kids at the party little sh***ts and tell them to settle the f**** down, wow. If I was the owner of this establishment I would fire that front desk person first thing.He is the balled one that is on the bigger size.Anyway, I for one will not go back to this bowling center and strongly advise everyone else to be careful of making plans to go here for their day might get ruined!!

Comment Date: 3/23/2012 Name: Anon
I really liked bowling at this bowling alley; however, many of the employees are extremely rude! There are also several employees who are very polite and do a nice job. Their snack bar is great - but healthier options would be fantastic! Additionally, I have to agree with other people's comments on the PA system. When you are bowling, you just can't hear what is being said through the speakers. If they have music playing - it's even worse. There should be a standard policy that if people don't respond to your announcement, the employee should walk over to the lane and speak to them directly. Either that - or turn off the music while making announcements, or get a better PA system. All in all, the bowling alley is not that bad. It's obvious that many of them try to do a good job.

Comment Date: 3/5/2012 Name: Yumm
They have the most amazing food! :D

Comment Date: 11/19/2011 Name: Antonio Johnson
If anyone knows Dave Wheat would you have him contact me through Facebook. I'm an old Army bowling buddy from Texas. Thank you in advance.

Comment Date: 8/12/2011 Name: bowling is stupid
I wouldn't go in that place, some people who I know and hate bowl there, that is enough reason for me. Most places in Helena, in fact blow a**!!!!!

Comment Date: 3/28/2011 Name: Justin Kleppen
Just attended the state bowling tourney and was real impressed with how it went. Service was great. Good Luck to all bowlers that are headed to Helena and have fun.

Comment Date: 3/5/2011 Name: Lonny Pendergrass
Simmer down Donna!

Comment Date: 2/28/2011 Name: UnhappyInHelena
My family went bowling this weekend...I'm hard of hearing and midway through our game the staff person announced (over the quiet PA system) that if my lane and the nearby lanes wanted to continue bowling we had to go up to the front desk and let him know. I didn't/couldn't hear this as it was announced on a very quiet overhead PA system and we were bowling right in front of the booming ACDC-spewing speaker system. Heaven forbid that this person actually come over to the lanes and tell people in person. I didn't hear the announcement. My wife and I got to wondering why a group of people was mingling around out table like they owned it, went up to the front desk and was told that since I didn't come up and re-up my lane my family couldn't play another game. Totally shot our plans for a nice sunday with the kids down. Talk about unfriendly. We won't go here again.

Comment Date: 1/29/2011 Name: Butte Bowler
Having state bowling in Helena with one house is going to be a mess.I think the whole event should be boycotted and nobody attend.

Comment Date: 8/3/2010 Name: mtkatzgirl
Sleeping Giant Lanes is now the only bowling alley in Helena. As such it gets very busy when tournaments are being held and then open bowling gets limited. There is a lot of open bowling in the summer. There is an awesome junior bowling program with opportunities several days a week and a bowling camp during the summer. There are a lot of adult league opportunities even during the summer. I have never had any problems there. The staff have always been helpful.

Comment Date: 6/22/2010 Name: regular bowler at SGL
I think this is the worst run bowling center in mt.They are the rudest people around!Very unhelpfull and nobody is ever at the desk.If your looking to have some family fun please cross this one off your list I just don't like to see family occasions ruined by unfriendly service!

Comment Date: 4/4/2010 Name: MT DUDE
way to put the hours on the website!!!!!

Comment Date: 11/14/2009 Name: charles to the ladies ;]
the cost would be helpful as well.

Comment Date: 8/16/2009 Name: Tired mom
Hours would be very helpful.

Comment Date: 5/17/2009 Name: Anonymous
i think that this is one of the better bowling alleys in montana it is nicely ran in my opinion.

Comment Date: 5/1/2009 Name: Kim
I also am trying to find out what the hours of operation are. Please post in available spot

Comment Date: 4/29/2009 Name: mt storm dude
I work in a center, centers say they have no open lanes because by the time you would get there the lanes would be taken. And most the time that happens. I have told people over the phone that we have 3 lanes currently open and when they get there they are full.. And We (Employees of center) Get reamed on it..

Comment Date: 4/5/2009 Name: poop
their okay, but, they always say no open lanes when there is at least two or three and nobody books them and I think thats stupid.

Comment Date: 3/13/2009 Name: Anonymous
I worked at SGL when i was i high school in the mid-nineties. Donna has to realize that open bowling is crucial for business. That doesn't mean employees let them have the run of the place. If you have a problem with open bowlers not respecting common courtesies, you should probably practice at less peak times. Weekday mornings/afternoons are the best. Weekends are usually not a good time to practice. Saturday morning has Youth League, afternoons is when b-day parties are held, and saturday night is vegas bowling or jackpot. Sunday morning has more parties in the afternoon and leagues at night. Even though SGL is now the only house in town, you could still find a slow time during the week. I would ask an employee about the peak open bowling hours. Lastly, even though you pay your league dues,(which if i am correct still entitles you to free games or discounted games)open bowlers actually pay for the lines they roll. If there wasn't open bowlers the house would be empty about 60 percent of the time.

Comment Date: 1/2/2009 Name: CRay
I wonder if Donna is even from Montana. Doesn't sound like it to me. Either way she needs to have the corn cob removed and lighten up. Remember, it's NEVER a;; about YOU.

Comment Date: 12/23/2008 Name: Bob
There's a space in the upper portion for hours, but it is empty. I'm trying to find out what the hours of operation are.

Comment Date: 4/21/2007 Name: C. GUIDRY
Unfortunatly Donna, no matter where you go, someone is gonna walk up on you. That just how open play is, even if it is posted they will still do it. And unfortunately the staff can only do so much to help the problem

Comment Date: 3/12/2007 Name: STORM REP 406
Hey Donna... as you said below you plan on writing on here still, well where is your other comments? Thanks Jeremy for backin me on this one.

Comment Date: 12/20/2006 Name: Jeremy
yea donna dont lose your breath. If you dont like people walking up on you, wait for them to bowl first. Not rocket science!

Comment Date: 12/20/2006 Name: STORM REP 406
Sounds like Donna got up on the wrong side of bed... nobody cares about rules in open play.. If you think thats bad try bowling open play in Vancouver B.C. where there is no courtesy... and its allways packed

Comment Date: 12/16/2006 Name: Geoff
I love this bowling alley. It is an awsome atmosphere and is family oreintated. They have many chances for open bowling and leage. Its a great all around area to be, most people are friendly and courtious. Others, like Donna, find that everything should be professional, for them. SO unlike her opinion I have not found anything wrong with Sleeping Giant Lanes. great food, fun, and bowling at sleeping giant lanes!

Comment Date: 2/26/2006 Name: Donna
I like to bowl and practice in Helena, the only bowling alley we have here now. However, the bowling and courtesy rules are not posted, nor enforced by the staff. Every time I practice I have to tell people not to get up on the adjacent lanes, nor stay on the adjacent lane, when I get up to bowl. Tthe staff are standing there watching right behind me and act beligerant when I mention anything. I also have to ask people not to be right behind me, talking loud, and training someone else in another lane (this was a staff member and her friend). This is absolutely rude, arrogant, and unprofessional as bowlers, along with staff personnel being uncourteous.....whether it is open bowling or not. I am tired of being considerd the b*tch/bad person if I say something, that staff personnel are not adhering to bowling rules/courtesies ignoring them totally), and any professionalism. I have been injured by these individuals and staff present have done nothing to assist/inform/tell/etc. Why does the staff not know any bowling rules/courtesies? Why are these rules/courtesies not posted for all to see??? Why do I as a regular bowler have to be the person to tell others who are disrespectful of others??? Why is the staff not informing any open bowlers of the rules/courtesies?? If this was not the only bowling alley in town I would be bowling elsewhere. I will continue to write everyone I know informing everyone of this unprofessionalism, disrespect, and/or discourtesy this bowling alley presents itself; along with how unsafe it is to bowl there. Others have had the same problems, but I am the only one that has said I will stop doing open bowling there and practice elsewhere with my money and friends (bringing our business out of town) and this is not the only problem observed/noticed/dealt with at this bowling alley.

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