Petro Bowl

Petro Bowl

  Name: Petro Bowl  
  Address: 630 Petro Point Drive  
  City: Lake Charles  
  State: LA  
  Zip: 70607  
  Phone: (337) 477-7554  
  Hours: Monday – Saturday  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: No  
How Does Petro Bowl Rate?
Votes:    460
Lanes: Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2
Food: Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2
Price: Actual Value is 3.1Actual Value is 3.1Actual Value is 3.1Actual Value is 3.1
Fun: Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2
Overall: Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2
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Petro Bowl Comments

Comment Date: 2/13/2012 Name: Lisa
I’ve been to this particular bowling alley a few times. It’s not the best alley I’ve ever bowled at. You really need to hunt for a decent bowling ball and finding a light-weight bowling ball with small finger holes for a child is difficult. The entire establishment on the inside could use a bit of a facelift as it is worn but working. I found the staff to be neither pleasant nor unpleasant. The word automaton comes to mind. The pin resetting and ball return had some glitches but that happens everywhere. As for shoe rentals, yes, some shoes were more worn than others, but new ones were available too. Simply point out the problem to the counter person and ask for a different pair. All in all, we haven’t had any major problems and the kids had a great time. Considering the fact that Lake Charles only has one bowling alley, you’ll go if that’s what you want to do for entertainment.

Comment Date: 12/30/2011 Name: jc
I saw why they dont allow older people to bowl with the pads. There was a party next to us and one of the dads bowled for his kid and he threw it so hard when it hit the bumper it jumped up and smoked the box at the end of the lane. The manager had to come down and try to fix it the camera was smashed to peices.

Comment Date: 7/23/2011 Name: bb
Recently we visited Petro Bowl. The staff would not allow us to get bumpers unless my son was under the age of eight. The air conditioner was not working and it was very hot. The ceiling tiles were gross. It looked like the roof has a leak. The whole building smells like smoke. The guys at the counter were not very friendly and not helpful at all. The shoes are very old and not very well kept. My son’s shoes were knoted up and my friends shoes soles were tore. We had to ask for different shoes.

Comment Date: 7/15/2011 Name: tonya
I have recently started bowling with a buddy, we try to go atleast 2 times a week the staff if very nice but everyone most remember that everyone has bad days, I have always been treated with respect when we are there, Friday is one of the days we go bowling, and yes it is busy, but how many of you wait in a line for a table at an eating establishment? And can’t wait just the same to HAVE FUN!!! Try Petro bowl and make your own evaluates…thank you for your time…

Comment Date: 7/7/2011 Name: Anonymous
I aint bowled in so long but this place used to be freakn awesome! how much are the games now?!

Comment Date: 3/26/2011 Name: Courtney Nicole
I love Petro Bowl. I’ve been going there for as long as I can remember. I’ve never had a problem at all with them. I think most of these negative comments are from either angry ex-employee’s (who they obviously fired for a reason) or people who themselves just have a bad attitude. I work in the customer service industry and I know if I get spoken to like a dog I’m speak to you like a dog right back, I’m still a human being. I’ve gone with a large group and with just me and one other person, and i’ve went with a huge bachlorette party. EVERYTIME I go I enjoy myself. But opinions are like b*tth*les, everyone has one..

Comment Date: 12/27/2010 Name: truestory0230
petro bowl is my favorite place to bowl, its prices are better than anywhere i’ve been. It doesn’t smell, it’s a well run establishment, and i’ve never had problems with employees or service. I’d recommend petro bowl to anyone..

Comment Date: 12/11/2010 Name: hmmmmmmmmmmmm
I read all these comments and man I am afraid to take my kids here.

Comment Date: 12/3/2010 Name: Bowler
I’ve been bowling at Petro Bowl for the past 15 years. I have never had a problem with the smell of the bowling alley, the food, or the service. Everyone there is ready to help. They never refused to fix a ball that was damaged by the lanes. Great place to bring the family or your group of friends to relax and have some fun bowling.

Comment Date: 10/30/2010 Name: JaMarcus
Man, whoever wrote those negative comments must have something against Petro Bowl, sounds like a disgrunnled employee. Four of my buddies, myself and our girlfriends went last Friday night to Petro and had a great time. The young man behind the counter was the most friendliest person I have met at a Bowling Alley. He said that we had so much fun that he gave us free coupons for when we come back. We all said that we would defintly come in the near future. We had fun because of the black light, music and smoke.

Comment Date: 10/27/2010 Name: jimmy
I recently read all the comments about petro bowl and my friends asked me to go I told them about what I read but they insisted that I go. we did and I am so glad, we had an great time last night the guys at the front counter came by and gave us some help on how to bowl. I must say the staff was very friendly and helpfull. I mentioned the site to the desk people and they stated they had some people whom was fired writing lies on the site. Petro Bowl never smelled like smoke I dont know where that came from the only place that smelled that way was the bar. The food came out quickly and was really good, I will definately go back and I hope everyone else gives them a shot!

Comment Date: 10/26/2010 Name: Big John
I think this sight should be cancelled because employees that are fired type in negative comments, also customers from the other center type in bad comments about the other center. I have been to both centers and i think they are both good for bowling. Just go and enjoy the air conditioning and bowl, eat, and enjoy participating in a sport.

Comment Date: 10/23/2010 Name: kyle
Petro bowl is a great place to go they have several specails and have been very helpful anytime i ask questions. I recomend this place to all my friends and family. The food has been great so everytime I ate there.

Comment Date: 9/27/2010 Name: brad
For people who thinks petro is not clean and a mess then you go clean it yourself. i have been going there for 20 years bowling in differnt leagues and going for fun. Petro bowl has improved alot since what they were over the past couple of years and does not stink!!! So stop leavin negative comments bc if lake charles did not have a bowling center then lake charles would deffinitly be boring then. Yall say food and other items are overly priced there not that bad but look at the economy everything is overly priced now these days. Petro bowl is a great place to go have fun no matter what the occassion is. The lanes work great and the whole bowling center is great to.

Comment Date: 8/20/2010 Name: Melissa
Last night, around 9 o’clock (August 19, 2010) eight friend and I went to Petro Bowl, in Lake Charles. Renting the lanes went well. After renting two lanes on few of my friends went to the internet juke box, which is a great item in the bowling center. The manager of the establishment decided to start DJ-ing from he booth. We could not hear the music that we selected and paid for. He played the same song over and over until all our selections chosen on the juke box were played. A little later a voice came on the intercom. He asked the guy behind the counter what was he going to do with the extension cord that was hanging inside the booth. The the voice then said “It looks like a “N” word house. Very Very Very disrespectful… I am caucasain but three of the people with me and others in the bowling center were African American. In this day and time your employees should respect people of all race. The guy behind the counter was pointing at the cord as the voice was speaking. We decided to bowl another round and try to have fun. The guy behind the counter came by and pushed some chairs in at the tables beside us. One of the ladies with us asked him what time they closed he responded with a shrug and I don’t know and we are closed now. We continued to bowl our second round. A couple of the ladies with us wanted to go outside to smoke. They asked the guy behind the counter if they could step outside his comment was “I don’t care what you do just don’t leave with my shoes… We met outside and decided to visit awhile in front of the center. The guy behind the counter come out to put some trash in the back of the truck that was parked on the sidewalk next to the entrance. One of the guys with us dropped his bowling bag. He sat his drink which was in a plastic cup on the side rail of the truck. The counter guy asked if the truck belonged to us. we commented “NO”… He stood there staring at us. My friend apologized for the glass on the truck. The employees at this bowling center are extremely rude. I can’t imagine this establishment being in business much longer, if the employees continue to treat the customers in this manner. The employees were rude very rude and it seemed like it was on purpose.

Comment Date: 8/19/2010 Name: PBAhopeful
Petro is a disgusting place that I would not allow my dog to stay in. It has a severe rat problem and it is evedent when you see them galavant through out the snack bar. The manager is rude and has done nothing but hire poor staff and {deleted comment}. The people that work there are rude and don’t know the first thing about customer service. It’s sad with all the money gained by the hurricane the bowling alley still looks like a dump. Everything is over priced from the beer, food, and even the price to bowl. Save your money and go to Sports Center it is smaller but the customer service is so much better.

Comment Date: 7/25/2010 Name: leah craft
Petro bowl smells like poop and smoke.

Comment Date: 7/7/2010 Name: ryno
Great center.

Comment Date: 2/19/2010 Name: gavin
8$ bowling on friday love it super fun i go every friday and food thier is good and if you think petro bowl s*cks you think wrong.

Comment Date: 2/19/2010 Name: bailey
I love petro bowl.i am going today.the service is good their.

Comment Date: 9/13/2009 Name: lindsey
We recently went bowling with 14 bowlers. 6 of them were very small children who were going to bowl with bumpers. I was rudely told by a staff member and later, the manager, that we would only be given 2 lanes even though we were requesting 3 so that we could separate the children from the adults. They told me we MUST bowl 7 people to a lane. I was completely unhappy with the rule and the way the situation was handled. The place is also filthy and it is inconvenient that you can’t use a debit card at the snack bar. THIS PLACE NEEDS A SERIOUS CLEANING!

Comment Date: 9/6/2009 Name: dana
i looked into having a birthday party for 35 kids, but after actually visiting the premises, i would not let my pets run around in such an undermaintained and poorly managed operation. Sure, they make tons of money off of overpriced things that other businesses offer FREE BUT the way the staff and particularly the ‘manager’ deal with children is simply appalling.none of my hard earned cash will ever see this place, not now, not ever. travesty.shenanigans.foul.

Comment Date: 7/30/2009 Name: Corey
ON July 20th 2009 around 10pm, i went up there with my wife to bowl a few games. Everything looked ok until I got the to register to get a lane. I was told there was a 20 min wait time to get a lane. Fine by me it’s an ok wait time, then came the horror, ” You have to have 4 people to bowl” as the young guy at the counter told me, And the older gentleman just watched from the register. So i had to ask, “What do you mean, i have only 2 poeple, can i get a lane to bowl?” the younger gentleman eplained agian,” Yes you can bowl” he said. “But you need 4 people to get a lane”.
Now dont get me wrong. But i’ve been managing bowling centers for 12 years and been around bowling all my life.
Dont look at me i’d put them on for regular price instead of turning them away.
And i cant believe i actually put in my resume to this center.

Comment Date: 11/6/2008 Name: Debra
I have to say the owner is a very nice man who likes to help others. He has helped the 500 Club grow and it is greatly appreciated. The center has new carpet, new flooring, new staff. It is a great bowling center. Stop by and rolla few!

Comment Date: 8/30/2008 Name: Dianna
I have been to both of the bowling centers here in lake charles and find them to be equally good centers. I really enjoy the staff at sports center along with the pricesbut enjoy the lane conditions at petro so I guess depending on if it is for fun or for real as to where I would go again I also do not like the fact you must spend 25.00 to be able to use your debit card at petro!

Comment Date: 7/31/2008 Name: Beth
Well I had a okay time The staff was very snotty and the bathrooms need a good cleaning but I met some wonderful people who took the time out of their bowling to help me with a few pointers. I did not find the put downs of the other center there very funny nor professional of their staff but I guess to each their own!

Comment Date: 6/25/2008 Name: Josh
9/9/05 skote: If you are a 200 Bowler then you should know how to adjust.

Comment Date: 6/21/2008 Name: mark
5-27 jack left a comment about the pro shop its easy to say things like that when you now nothing about bowling,but Im sure when he pulls his HEAD-OUT he will feel better.

Comment Date: 6/1/2008 Name: dal
Petro has come a long way since Rita. Over several hundred thousand dollars in renovations and repairs. Internet (TouchTunes) Juke Box, New Carpet, New Tile, New Scoring, New Masking Units, many new (house) bowling balls, etc… The pinsetting equipment is running much better than it has in years. So a few balls get damaged, they have never refused to repair a damaged ball. Every bowling center in the world has ball damage from time to time. The way I look at it, if you don’t want your ball damaged, don’t bowl with it. Use a house ball! I have been bowling for over 40 years and in league every year, had 2 bowling balls, both have had damage and has been repaired. Life goes on. Get used to it!

Comment Date: 5/27/2008 Name: Jack
Never get a ball drilled from the pro shop at petro bowl,unless you want a ball drilled wrong.Everything about petro is GHETTO.Something is always wrong with the lane,if your ball doesn’t come back with a big crack or chunk out of it.One of the worst bowling centers i ever been 2.

Comment Date: 2/23/2008 Name: ogea
good place with the new carpet and stuff
but every ball i have has gotten chunks taken out of them from the stuff in the back they need to maintain better

Comment Date: 2/21/2008 Name: cajun
Thankfully, the jukebox at Petro is now digital and contains hundreds of new songs from all genres. Yes, there are a lot of leagues held there, because it is the newest center Lake Charles has. (Hint, hint) They have made several renovations over the past couple of years, including the new carpet, the new scoring systems, accessories, etc. Rumor has it they are even adding another lounge area, as the current bar is SRO due to the new “No Smoking” law. It’s not the greatest center, but it’s all we’ve got. I’ve been to worse places.

Comment Date: 2/6/2008 Name: KC
They’ve put down new carpet and cleaned up a bit. New score-tracking systems are completely computerized and awesome! Can even watch tv “behind” the score on the tvs.

Comment Date: 11/22/2007 Name: john
i think the customer service at petro bowl is the best/ other than that it is all right

Comment Date: 7/18/2007 Name: Carlie
Well I have to say it does need fixing up, but it’s a fun place.

Comment Date: 4/1/2007 Name: Brittany
I dont know why no one likes this place. It is the nearest one around where i live. Lafayette is hell to drive in. I would much rather go to Lake Charles. I know my friends and I have a blast. Its what you make of it. If you go there looking at what it looks like, you will be disappointed. But, if you go to have fun, you will.

Comment Date: 3/21/2007 Name: Jamie
DESPERATELY NEEDS a good cleaning. ALWAYS packed with league bowlers, never any thing available for family. Music is old. When you can actually get in it is alright. If the weather is nice, I would go play Putt-Putt instead!!

Comment Date: 9/21/2005 Name: dwayne
There is such a terrible choice of music in the juke box, it is ridiculous. I promise you there is not a cd newer than 8 years, and the ones you can bear to actually listen to only have the cover and not the cd. I don’t think there is even one zydeco or r&b; cd there. I think a large part of the patronage is not being represented. Petro knows this and doesn’t care.

Comment Date: 9/9/2005 Name: skote
How are you supposed to do well in scratch tournaments when a lot of bowlers complain about the stupid lane conditions(mostly the oil pattern). I didn’t enjoy my games because they were low when somebody like me shoots tons of 200+ games.

Comment Date: 9/25/2004 Name: Anonymous
This is a very nice center if you are in a League… unfortunately, they tie up so many lanes for Leagues so often, that it’s not the best place to take your family. For being such a big place, we’ve been turned away the last three times we tried to go.

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