Amity Bowl

Amity Bowl

  Name: Amity Bowl  
  Address: 30 Seldon Street  
  City: Woodbridge  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06525  
  Phone: (203) 389-2186  
  Lanes: 24  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: Yes  
  Food: Snack Bar  
How Does Amity Bowl Rate?
Votes:    1529
Lanes: Actual Value is 0.9
Food: Actual Value is 1
Price: Actual Value is 1
Fun: Actual Value is 1
Overall: Actual Value is 1
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Amity Bowl Comments

Comment Date: 6/8/2011 Name: Micky D.
Sounds like a nice singles league with 8 teams. Enjoy yourself.

Comment Date: 6/8/2011 Name: richie
No. Its actually 24 teams of three…genius.

Comment Date: 5/27/2011 Name: richie
I am bowling in the Wednesday night summer league and am having a blast! Good group of people!

Comment Date: 2/3/2011 Name: Ronda
I know people and leagues that did a mass exodus out of this bowling alley awhile ago due to the deteriorating conditions not only in the house itself but on the lanes and the maintenance of the machines. Jan, Dan, and Matt have put a ton of money into this house to bring it back to the condition that any bowler would like to bowl on. They hired a great mechanic that has helped them turn this house around because duct tape only fixes so much but Darryl will fix it once and it will be fixed properly. Kudos to the owners and the mechanic, great job of bringing these alleys back from the brink of extinction!!!!!

Comment Date: 10/17/2010 Name: Chip
Unlike the babies that post on this site, I will sign my name. This place has a very playable and consistent lane condition. My league has very few, if any, lane break downs. Thy management is easy to work with, and the prices are fair. What else do you want? Oh I know you want to throw the ball like crap and average 230, well good luck.

Comment Date: 10/11/2010 Name: bryan
Pretty sure the owners are not giving out free beers to drum up reviews on this site.

Comment Date: 8/29/2010 Name: Mike
A free game from the owners will always get a positive opinion here! Maybe they threw in a free beer for you, also.

Comment Date: 8/26/2010 Name: pete
Bowled here in the summer and had a great experience. Lanes were very consistent and we had minimal problems with breakdowns. The pro shop guy might want to try opening once in a while but thats his business. I like this place.

Comment Date: 7/22/2010 Name: Anonymous
Maybe you are just a crybaby and the owners don’t care about your opinion. I have had no problems there and get along fine with them.

Comment Date: 7/17/2010 Name: tom
I made my complaints to the owners and did not get any action taken. I have left amity bowl for another center and I am now very happy. I still talk to amity bowlers and most say that this place is still very hesitant to turn on the air conditioner. That’s not negativity, that’s the truth. Now go mop up the sweat.

Comment Date: 7/9/2010 Name: another bowler
Good point. Its really amazing how people are willing to complain on this site. It is really to bad that you do not hear about the posative things the owners have done.

Comment Date: 7/6/2010 Name: long time amity bowler
tom i have been bowling at amity for a lomg time.instead of you posting your negativity on this site WHY DONT you air your thoughts to the owners?

Comment Date: 6/27/2010 Name: tom
The weather might hit 90 degrees this week. I wonder if amity bowl will turn on the air conditioner.

Comment Date: 5/5/2010 Name: Real bowler
Chip running wednesday night summer league!

Comment Date: 2/6/2010 Name: THURS MIXED BOWLER
Chip runs the best leagues. Hope he starts his tournaments again.

Comment Date: 1/8/2010 Name: chrisbowler
Dude the current owners have brought this place back from the brink. I think that you have no idea. My league definitely has way fewer calls by a mile than when it was bought like five years ago. Give these guys a little credit. The previous owners let the place go and I am sure it takes a long time to get it back. jeeez.

Comment Date: 1/8/2010 Name: pinchaser
Like I said….just some negative jerk with no clue who likes to complain. Enjoy bowling.

Comment Date: 1/7/2010 Name: Anonymous
Hey dont know much about pins. You say they get replaced as needed. One year, two years, or whatever. So tell me, what warrants their replacement when worn?? It’s USAGE..equals LINEAGE..equals AMOUNT OF GAMES BOWLED ON THEM. Pins do not get worn if there are no bowling balls slamming into them, or damage due to pinsetters. When you get about 20+ years under your belt (or more), then talk like you know something. Put a cleaning rag to those Jetbacks there! They were clean when I left there 18 years ago!

Comment Date: 1/6/2010 Name: former amity bowler
When I left amity bowl 3 years ago, the pins were a disgrace. There were several broken pins in every rack, the bases broke off so much that the pinsetters jammed and the remaining ones were dead. I am glad that Hamden closing gave you a reason to replace them. Now maybe you can work on the air conditioner and not just open your doors on 80 degree nights.

Comment Date: 1/6/2010 Name: Pinchaser
Weeeeell. Since you haven’t been here in three years you would’nt know what improvements have been made now would you. The owners have sunk a TON of cash into the place and they have done a very good job. You are just some jerk who likes to complain. So stereotypical of bowlers these days.

Comment Date: 1/5/2010 Name: pinchaser
Hey former amity bowler…or anonymous or whoever you are. Pins are replaced as needed. if they last two years then they are replaced. If they last three years then great. So far that has not happened. They are replaced when it is deemed necessary. Oh yeah keep up with the negativity…it seems to be the bread and butter of this site.

Comment Date: 1/4/2010 Name: phil
we are bringing back MOONLIGHT BOWLING.starting saturday feb. 6 at 9 us for further details.

Comment Date: 1/1/2010 Name: Anonymous
Pins MAY last 2 to 3 seasons. It’s not a matter of time for the life of pins, but it’s the amount of LINEAGE. Some centers replace yearly, some every other year. Any center that replaces pins in in a 3 year span has some pretty low lineage.

Comment Date: 12/28/2009 Name: mr bowla
Hey as a former amity bowler why would you care if the pins were old or not. You don’t bowl there any more….or are you just here to b*tch… everyone else on this site.

Comment Date: 12/14/2009 Name: pinchaser
Pins were replaced last fall. They last two to three seasons so they will be replaced long before Obama is out of office.

Comment Date: 12/10/2009 Name: former amity bowler
did they replace the pins yet? or are they going to wait until the end of the obama administration.

Comment Date: 5/11/2009 Name: geoff
matt reminds of the dude from the tv show scrubs hahaha awesome place awesome people dirk is a good coach and knows what hes talkin about. cant wait to join the league in a few weeks.

Comment Date: 4/20/2009 Name: Anonymous
I joined the thursday night mixed league after leaving Hamden after it closed. I must say that it was a lot of fun. John and mary really put a lot of effort in. They go the extra mile to see that everyone enjoys themselves. Thanks a lot! I will definitely be back next year.

Comment Date: 3/20/2009 Name: Anonymous
Losers that kick ball returns. You mean, Andrew?

Comment Date: 3/9/2009 Name: Thumbless
HAHA….. “When one bowls well, its the bowler and when one bowls bad, its the lanes”. The people complaining are more than likely the losers that kick ball returns.

Comment Date: 3/4/2009 Name: give it up
You guys are all sad making comments like this. Just goes to show why the game we participate in slowly degrades. Always negative and nothing inspirational. Always nit-picking at ANY bowling center!

Comment Date: 2/12/2009 Name: Anonymous
Wow, someone complaining about WHO removes deadwood ? Dude, you are an idiot ! As long as the deadwood gets removed, whos cares who does it. Get a life ! Oh yea, about waiting for the manager to fall and possibly get hurt, maybe he’s waiting for you to trip over you own mouth while throwing the ball and land on your face with your own ball on top of your head. Now that would be funny !

Comment Date: 1/21/2009 Name: andrew
Hey jesus. Nice name by the way. Ever think that maybe he is just trying to get it out of your way more quickly? In my league in milford you are lucky to find anyone who is even willing to take care of deadwood for you.

Comment Date: 1/21/2009 Name: Chip
Now I know bowlers are out of their minds. Why would the manager getting dead wood bother you?

Comment Date: 1/18/2009 Name: JESUS
annoys the hell out of me when the manager runs down the lanes to get deadwood. we all hope he falls one day.

Comment Date: 1/17/2009 Name: sarah
this is a sweet little place to bowl. the employees are nice, the place is clean, and the lanes are good.

Comment Date: 11/29/2008 Name: ryan
I must admit – my team is very happy we moved here also. Amity Bowl is great – the lanes are nice, the staff is great. Keep up the good work!

Comment Date: 11/27/2008 Name: Chip
Thanks Andrew. I want to remind my thursday nite bowlers how bad it was in Hamden. We never had the same shot and after Judy left service was horrible. On a whole our bowlers are bowling better. I bowl in many other houses, and no house can make everyone happy. We have it good here. Hang in there Tom. And by the way My team is going to win this league. Just Kidding.

Comment Date: 11/25/2008 Name: matt
I bowl in league three nights a week, and so does my mom. We both practice a lot and I myself practice at least NINE games a week. Of course I am going to get better. When I was a 170 average bowler people used to say that I did not know how to set up a shot to save my life. The simple fact of the matter is that I am an dammned if I do and damned if I don’t. The shot was changed because people were complaining to me that it did not hold up through three grames which I agreed with. More than a few people said that which is why I changed it. There is far more oil in the patter by the way than last year. Dave on my team is a beginner bowler and practices a lot too. That is why we are winning…we all practice and are all improving. There is no magic shot that only works for me and my teammates. I set the shot up so that the majority of the bowlers in the center can have fair shot at bowling well. Scores in general have gone up and more people are happy. Tom, if you would like to talk to me about it I would love to hear what you have to say. Other than that I do not know what else to say other than I will not be bowling in three leagues again next year. I just try hard practice a lot and do what I have to do to win. If you have a problem with that then I do not know what else to say. I am sure you will still say that I set the shot up for myself. You know what though? I am nothin special. Just your average guy who loves bowling. peace.

Comment Date: 11/21/2008 Name: Tom
The shot on thursday stinks. Odd how it was changed and now matt and his Mom are winning the league. Our team wont be back for second half.

Comment Date: 11/20/2008 Name: Rad
piffle…bowling has been dying the past 12 years. nobody is going to save it.

Comment Date: 11/20/2008 Name: andrew
Chip I agree with you 100 percent. I do not see how people can justfy bowling bad and the going on a public forum like this, under an assumed name, and totally trashing a place. The only thing that they are doing is making themselves feel better at the expense of a center reputation on this site. although so much trash is talked here it is ver hard to take much of it seriously. All this does is make bowling in general look bad. You are a voice of reason among a storm of B.S.

Comment Date: 11/19/2008 Name: Chip
Beleive it or not, i am trying to help bowling, the people in this sport are shooting themselfs in the foot, and killing this game we all love. Stop stroking your own egos, and start thinking big picture.

Comment Date: 11/17/2008 Name: YOUR OPINION
That’s fine that’s your OPINION. Everyone is entitled. Everyone has one.

Comment Date: 11/15/2008 Name: Chip
Truth, sign your real name or shut up.

Comment Date: 11/8/2008 Name: THE TRUTH
speak for yourself about making the right decision in coming here.

Comment Date: 10/28/2008 Name: Anonymous
As for wallingford bowl, I do recall seeing a great many comlpaints about that place. On this very site! I do not bowl there myself but complaints kinda go with the territory. No center can ever make everyone happy all the time. This place included. At least here and at wallingford there is someone who will at least listen to you. not that way at an Amf center.

Comment Date: 10/28/2008 Name: Anonymous
The only thing that changes about the shot week to week is the people who bowl with you on it. Learn how to adjust my man. Have not seen so many high scores here in a while.

Comment Date: 10/27/2008 Name: Chip
We still think we made the right decision coming to Amity. Our shot has always been the same week in and week out. Like every other center, some people hit certain patterns better then other people do. It does not mean they are better bowlers they just match up better to those patterns. The management here is great, and they deliver. Any league would be doing well to bowl here.

Comment Date: 10/21/2008 Name: Anonymous
Right..a “shot for EVERYBODY”. Thats why it changes on a regular basis. We all get a turn!

Comment Date: 10/20/2008 Name: Anonymous
You should have come to Wallingford like we did- no complaints at all. The shot is good and the management can’t be beat. They delivered.

Comment Date: 10/18/2008 Name: Chip
Thanks I should have stayed in Ohio. I can also speak for myself. I did like the shot that was here last season better. I am not sure why it was changed. I did have many complaints from my league bowlers. I am sure we will figure it out. And Dirk runs the pro shop here. I was upset on Thursday, but was over it by the time I left. I will continue to reccomment this center to everyone.

Comment Date: 10/17/2008 Name: Dissappointed Bowler
Chip saids he would never put a shop in a house where he cant hit the shot. Too bad, he is a nice guy that really cared about building this place up. Never saw him as upset as he was since shot was ruined. You should have stayed in Ohio John.

Comment Date: 10/17/2008 Name: Anonymous
Well Hamden Lanes is alive and well. At least their awful lane pattern is. Not only did many of the leagues come they must have brought the lane machine with them. So if you stink, cant roll a ball in oil, or can throw it 18 miles an hour rejoice you are in bowling heaven. The rest of us are back in hell.

Comment Date: 10/17/2008 Name: Anonymous
There is a shot for everybody at amity. You are crying this week, next week you will shoot 650 and we won’t see any more posts out of you that’s the way it is. Hey at least the shot will be the same from week to week management does not change it because one person cries.

Comment Date: 7/21/2008 Name: Chip
I can hardly believe what I am reading. Having run a pro shop for over 5 years, I can tell you first hand. That if you cater to only the so called “high calbier bowler”, you would close your doors in a matter of weeks. Not only are there more, mid average bowlers. they are easier and more fun to work with.
A good point was made in one post. Bowling as an industry must begin making the lower average bowler more comfortable and welcome in all enviorments. They are the future of leagues, not the self proclaimed pros.

Comment Date: 7/16/2008 Name: funbowler
wow. did you even read the previous two posts? judging by your last comment it does not semm like you did. how about commenting on something relating to what I said and not just slinging mud. classy man… classy.

Comment Date: 7/16/2008 Name: Jon
Wish the owner would get rid of Dirk. The place is always closed and when it is, his prices are very high. Put someone there that will be open 5 days per week. Bottom line is, we need a Pro Shop that will be there for us.

Comment Date: 7/16/2008 Name: mike
Typical bowler mentality. I make a suggestion as to why, and get fired back like that. no wonder bowling has become the armpit of sports (if it is one). Guys like you tarnish the propogation of the game. I wish you many splits and gutter balls, but that seems to be your style.

Comment Date: 7/13/2008 Name: Peter
Mike, you have to be a idiot. Pro Shop service should be available to all bowlers, regardless of their average. Maybe you are really Dirk, if thats the case, then I know for sure that you are an idiot. Your comment has got the be the most stupid statement that I have read on this site. Congrats and wish you luck in finding a brain.

Comment Date: 7/9/2008 Name: funbowler
I bowl in the wed night fireman’s league and average between 165 and 170. I guess I am not a high enough “calibre” of bowler for mike d or should I say dirk. That kind of attitude regarding the “good” bowler and the average bowler is probably why the sport has been declining. I would think that if the pro shop really wanted to make money they should provde service to all bowlers, and not just the ones like the ex mechanic with all the patches that feels like he needs to buy five balls every year. Anyway i think that most of those guys would go up to nutmeg to buy their balls anyway. That guy up there seems like he has way better pricing. Calibre….. ha i guess

Comment Date: 7/6/2008 Name: mike d
maybe when the calibre of bowlers goes up a few notches, it may be worth his time to be there. If there was money to be made there then it will be worth the effort.

Comment Date: 6/27/2008 Name: richie
you would think with the influx of league play from hamden closing that dirk would consider being open more than 4 hours a week. I wonder what he is going to do come fall? other than that this center rocks.

Comment Date: 6/4/2008 Name: Wayne
This is a great place to bowl. The service is good, the bartender is very nice. We have a great time everytime we go.

Comment Date: 4/13/2008 Name: rick
The manager at amity went to the bowling proprioters management school a couple of years ago and I do not think that he is going anywhere soon. They seem to be on the right track there as the place has improved dramaticaly in the last few years. The pinsetters run 100 percent better and the place looks great. It is nice to bowl in a center that seems to actually care about its bowlers. (both open bowlers and league)

Comment Date: 4/9/2008 Name: Emil
I know dozens of managers that went to Brunswick Management School. All have failed, or are working in a different industry. Best to work on slipping some Hamden bowlers in there. Make them an offer they cant refuse. Do it the right way..and not by slipping in to their season end banquets to undercut rates. Do it the professional way.

Comment Date: 3/23/2008 Name: Just a bowler
Big Jim I have to disagree with you. John does not give up that easy, even with screwed up tendons, he has learned to bowl 2 handed and is making it work. Wish he would open his shop in Amity, he helped me out a lot.
As for this center, it is great. I wish them the best with hamden closing.

Comment Date: 3/20/2008 Name: matt
I appreciate all the comments good and bad from everyone on this site. To all the people who have slammed my bowling center I say this. JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE A GOLFER DOES THAT MAKE YOU QUALIFIED TO RUN A GOLF COURS�? I love how all my detractors think that they can do my job better than me. the simple fact of the matter is that my famly have sunk 100’s of thousands of dollars into this business. I have gone to bowling center management school, and have gone to great lengths to educate myself. Not the least of which becoming an avid bowler myself. We do this for the long term health and vitality of the place and care deeply about its success, be it from a financial, or sporting point of view. We realise that there is no way to make everyone happy, however I do believe we have made the vast majority happy. People like the aforementioned chip among many others are proof positative of this.
In closing I would just like to say that things are always getting better at amity. the machines are running well, and will continue to do so. we are dedicated to the center and the bowlers who are kind enough to frequent our establishment.

Comment Date: 3/18/2008 Name: Big Jim
i bowl here on Sunday Mornings..
i am a Big Guy who likes oil or no oil…
i adjust…i also bowl at Hamden..friday night..
i also bowled the TBA with stan everywhere…
i no chip from hamden and tba…
chip is a strange guy..but he has a lot of heart
and he loves bowling…however, he quits too quickly for me…he is right and very knoledgeable about bowling…he ran the Pro shop
at hamden…did a good job for people he liked..
he tried to run tournaments on sunday around 1 pm
for 25 bucks…he did a good job but got no help from judy…
john we like you just don’t call me jimbo..ok..
i would like to buy the ball polisher at hamden since i have put over 10,000 25 cent in it..ha ha
i would like to get my money back…

Comment Date: 3/17/2008 Name: Anonymous
This place has changed ownership every 3 to 5 years on average. The cycle is due again. From a private owner, then to BRC, then to BCA, then to a group, then another private owner to another. Kinda tells you something.

Comment Date: 3/16/2008 Name: Chip
How can you say that. If you are going to make comments like that at least put your name on it. I have bowled in hell,(ie Hamden) this shot is one of the most consisent I have seen.
You should be nice to these guys, with Hamden closing they will soon be the only game in town. unless you want to drive to wallingford and watch your ball bounce.

Comment Date: 3/13/2008 Name: Amity 24 lanes of Hell…
Amity needs a New Cleaning co. also New Pro shop Guy… and a New Lane Man…and a New Manager..

Comment Date: 3/1/2008 Name: Chip
The answer would be to write in hours of operation into the lease agreement between the center and the pro shop. With out it they will have to wait till the lease expires.

Comment Date: 2/26/2008 Name: Anonymous
Chip, the pro shop provides a service to the bowlers. without that service the bowlers will have to go elsewhere. why would the owners want their league bowlers going elsewhere for bowling equipment and stay there to try out their new equipment. Lost open play revenue. does not make sense.

Comment Date: 2/17/2008 Name: Chip
Why do you say the owners must be idiots? Maybe Dirk has a lease and pays his rent each month. If thats the case; it is a leased space. If Dirk chooses to make no money there, it is his choice.

Comment Date: 2/17/2008 Name: Two Handed Bowler
What happen to the Good shot we had…???

Comment Date: 2/6/2008 Name: Anonymous
Why is the Pro Shop only open 1 day per week ? If Dirk can not operate 2 shops, he should close one and let somebody else own it have it open during the leagues. The owners must me idiots to let Dirk do this or maybe Dirk has something on them. Either way, its a shame.

Comment Date: 1/26/2008 Name: mad as hell
Was there last week…bowled 4 games, machine got stuck 6 times and when i went to my car, it was broken in to. They wouldnt even let me use the phone to call police. That was the deciding factor..I wont be there anymore.

Comment Date: 12/11/2007 Name: Chip
The machines are running much better. Not one break down all season. There may have been issues in the past. However the owners have put in the time and money and the machines are working better. Things like that take time.

Comment Date: 12/6/2007 Name: James T.
To each his own..I left there due to aggitations with machines breaking down and ball damage, and lunkheads working there. The owners are great people, but they need to look at the big picture. That place hasn’t ben right since BRC sold it in 1984.

Comment Date: 12/3/2007 Name: Reborn Bowler
This is a great place to bowl league. it is a real bowlers house

Comment Date: 12/1/2007 Name: Chip
I recently moved my league here from Hamden lanes. We are all glad we did. The management is very accomadating, the snack bar is great, and the shot is very consistent. i highly reccomend any league to bowl there.

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