Ocean Lanes

Ocean Lanes

  Name: Ocean Lanes  
  Address: 2085 Lanes Mill Road  
  City: Lakewood  
  State: NJ  
  Zip: 08701  
  Phone: (732) 363-3421  
  Lanes: 42  
  Lane Type: Synthetic  
  Pro Shop: Yes  
  Food: None  
  Comments: 42 lanes  
How Does Ocean Lanes Rate?
Votes:    107
Lanes: Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8
Food: Actual Value is 3.6Actual Value is 3.6Actual Value is 3.6Actual Value is 3.6
Price: Actual Value is 3.6Actual Value is 3.6Actual Value is 3.6Actual Value is 3.6
Fun: Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8
Overall: Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7
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Ocean Lanes Comments

Comment Date: 6/17/2016 Name: Nick striffler
I’m a youth bowler at ocean lanes and I honestly couldn’t ask for a better environment to learn the game, the staff is great, the people you bowl with are better. Compared to other alleys I’ve bowled at ocean is the nicest. It’s house shot is average, but the pins carry like crazy so it seems easier. They have all types of leagues for beginners, youth, and people that bring some serious game. Best alley in the area in my opinion

Comment Date: 3/20/2013 Name: Bowlalot
The lane conditions are very inconsistant. Some night they have too much oil and others there is barely any. The alley host some of the best bowlers I have seen and I am sure that the best bowlers from other houses would have a tough time against the bowlers at Ocean. Yes, some of the staff can be rude sometimes, but if you were dealing with some of the people coming into the alley, you to would have a slight attitude. The service at the snack bar stinks. Takes forever to get your order. The bar is a little expensive. Overall, I would have to rate the place a 5 out of 10. Average overall..

Comment Date: 3/18/2013 Name: Unhappy mother
Do not, repeat, DO NOT, throw your party here. It is horribly run and disorganized. The manager is not there on Sundays when they throw parties and refuses to have anyone there to make executive decisions in his place because he cannot have his employees running “willy nilly” but is not available for contact either. Horrible customer service and horrible way to run a business. I was very embarrased. Save yourself the HEADACHE.

Comment Date: 10/13/2012 Name: amateur
I have been bowling at Ocean for some 8 years. Hadn’t bowled since I was a kid. Didn’t do very well despite the so-called easy lanes (120 average) Almost gave up the game. I’m in my 80’s baby. Then I decided to bowl more than once a week and work at it. Now working on 174 average. Same lanes, same people. I will be bowling in FL this winter, obviously at another alley. We’ll see if all those theories are correct. Incidentally I have always found Donna to be very helpful. Sometimes she get some character giving HER a hard time. I would get testy too if I had to deal with some of these people! The alleys are clean, well lit and the equipment is in pretty good shape. I don’t eat there, although at a recent bowling party, where their food was served I found it acceptable

Comment Date: 4/24/2012 Name: Average Guy
The house is average for house bowlers. The staff is average for bowling centers. The leagues have fallen to an all time low. The Friday Night leagues are out of control. The gambling and cursing is ridiculous. The old firemens league is a joke where people fight every week, (physically). The Ocean County Womens Bowling Association members are in the league and do nothing to maintain order or bring charges. They are all useless. My mother bowls in the league and will not return. She is over 65 and has to listen to women calling each other Dike, Bitch etc. Terrible. Jay, should do something.

Comment Date: 1/26/2012 Name: MR X
haha, this is a thread/ forum where the crappy bowlers complain cause they can barely hit the head pin. this place is awesome. its cheap and you get a clean un-dungeon like environment. bang for your buck. you pay x2 at lakewood and howell and there poo holes. half the staff could use a attitude check or a kick in the a**

Comment Date: 12/23/2011 Name: dixie

Comment Date: 8/14/2011 Name: anonomys
this place was fun but not really

Comment Date: 6/14/2011 Name: Jenks
If you are a true bowler you understand there is no such thing as an easy house or shot. Every single time you bowl the conditions will be different. The oil patterns change quite often. Even bowlers that throw off the ditch sometimes have a hard time getting to the pocket and carrying. We should not take away from consistency and accuracy and understanding lane conditions and the proper equipment for each.

Comment Date: 4/29/2011 Name: anonymous
I’ve been bowling most of my life and since bowling in Ocean lanes, my average has gone up about 10 pins. I have yet to bowl a 300. I believe that maybe the other lanes people bowl at might be {deleted}. These lanes never seem to be the same conditions. I don’t think you could pin shave for 8 years and get away with it like these messages want to say. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, spectate and comment.

Comment Date: 4/9/2011 Name: Anonymous
Mike is the best. I love the ally

Comment Date: 2/13/2011 Name: j mean
Dawn is the bomb!!!!she is the nicest and most helpful person at the bowling center, she deserves a great big raise, for dealing with the masses!!!!Rock on Dawn!!!!

Comment Date: 1/14/2011 Name: Anonymous
The first time I walked into this building I shot 750… Now something is wrong with that. This house really is too easy.So many kids who grew up bowling at ocean go to bowl in college and it is pathetic when they say they were a 210+ average and only hitting 150s. This house makes people think they are good. I shouldn’t be able to witness four 300s in one league night its disgusting.

Comment Date: 1/10/2011 Name: wow
The men’s bathroom is nasty and disgusting i went into the stall and there was piss all over the seat like what the hell that is poor job on someone not doing their job

Comment Date: 1/4/2011 Name: ……
Donna and Karen are some of the rudest workers that work at this center i go to get a chair from the snackbar and the 2 of them have to make a big deal about it like seriously their is no other seats and they have way too much time on their hands and one time i asked for the score sheet of my friend score and 1 of them was like why you want it did you bowl it like seriously

Comment Date: 12/10/2010 Name: who cares
talk about a nice bowling alley this place is only known for it’s high scores and series nothing special. takes forever to get your order at the snackbar i ordered cheese fries and 10 mins go by about 5 other ppl order coffee sandwitch etc i still have not got my cheese fries i was getting sick and tired of waiting the kid that works there just looks at me like for a few sec and myorder is almost done plus the black guy that works in there ate a frie that fell onto the stove from my plate and i was bout to leave it should not take that long to get french fries never ordering again and plus if you bowl on league there french fries screw you up that damm cooking oil and salt get to your hand

Comment Date: 4/20/2010 Name: Anonymous bowler
People that are saying there is pin shaving going on are most likley the ones that arent doing so well and are ticked off that other people are much more talented than them. You think its so easy to bowl a 300 on these lanes or a 700+ series then you go do it. Every time i go there the people that say anything like this are spectators and the people not bowling so good. Not everyone here bowls that good. There is just alot of talented bowlers that attend ocean lanes that come from all over. And i know alot of them that bowl 300’s here and 700+ series, and they bowl every night/day. Racking up somewhere over 21 games a week. And the funny thing is, is that they will go to other lanes and bowl the same as they do at ocean. Ocean is over all good lanes and good leagues. But there staff gets attitudes with everyone and anyone, which need inprovement expecially up at the front desk but besides that its an overall good bowling alley.

Comment Date: 3/12/2010 Name: sk8ersbus1
well, it seems to have better open bowling availability than lakewood lanes, which has nothing til late nite. ocean lanes is better priced too. 3.25 a game during day is not too shabby, and its kept much nicer/ cleaner than lakewood lanes too.

Comment Date: 1/31/2010 Name: Anonymous
I just called there to find out about open bowl times. The guy that answered the phone said I’d have to talk to someone that worked there. I asked if I could do that he said no they are busy. I asked for a time to call back as was told maybe tomorrow..Really??? Why are you having someone who is going to deliberately be rude to people answer your phone?

Comment Date: 11/20/2009 Name: ….
Geo you are absoutley correct it is so damm easy for like high schoolers to get a 300 there i have not bowled one yet but i hope to someday i have seen at least 5 300s there im like are u kiddin me and i predicted that this kid was goin to bowl one once he had 8 in a row the coaches in divison A push their players to the limit

Comment Date: 11/9/2009 Name: JBT Bowler
Great Bowling Alley Bowled At Tournament And Got First Place There. Keep Up The Good Work Ocean Lanes Staff!!!

Comment Date: 10/18/2009 Name: GEO
When you think about Ocean Lanes you think, “here comes another 300 from some house bowler” well if you believe in that then you are absolutely correct about this bowling alley, besides the easy shot and the numerous honor scores, nothing is really special about this place. If you can play up the 10 board you will destroy your average. However people talk about Ocean as if its gods greatest creation to the bowling system. why is it that people are now interested in shooting high numbers when they do not have to even try. thats just my opinion.

Comment Date: 9/9/2009 Name: Anon
To the person who said to go to Howell Lanes… are you kidding? You must have liked to play in open sewers as a kid

Comment Date: 7/25/2009 Name: Anonymous

Comment Date: 7/11/2009 Name: bowler boy
ocean lanes is cool but so many ppl have got a 300 there

Comment Date: 4/14/2009 Name: Pin Shaving!!
This is a really nice thing, but it is mostly cheasting. Besides at Ocean you really aren’t bowling, your just throwing a ball down the lane and getting a strike everytime>

Comment Date: 3/6/2009 Name: Anonymous
Nice and clean, however, it does not make up for the nasty ladies that work behind the counter. Donna and Karen should take a job behind the scenes. Go to Howell Lanes

Comment Date: 2/12/2009 Name: unknown
place has 42 lanes that is still more than most places in southern ocean county

Comment Date: 2/3/2009 Name: Dustin Healey
Hey guys, I just wanted to know, how is the person in the pro shop at Ocean. Is he good? Is he as good as OJ from howell? Does he know what he is doing? How are his rates? Does he know enough so that he will wathc me roll a bowling ball and then judge on how to drill it from there? And finally, will i be satisfied going there.

Comment Date: 1/31/2009 Name: Bowler
Ocean lanes doesnt pin shave. They just host the best bowlers. This is proven when the kids go to tournaments and still bowl 700 series. Then you have kids who actually bowl three hundreds at other lanes. I am a bowler in a high school league and Ive seen kids from my league bowl above their average at other lanes, so Ocean lanes isnt doing a disservice to kids.

Comment Date: 1/17/2009 Name: anon.
I think the lanes are great, BUT a lot of their staff is mean. The lady in the bar is SO MEAN. It wouldn’t hurt them to be just a little nice, you know, display some customer service.

Comment Date: 11/5/2008 Name: A RANDOM GUY
haha, i laugh in all your faces for all the negative comments on ocean lanes. it is ranked one of the best in the state and best in ocean county. for the pin shaving that is total bs. for jay he is not the owner but a manager, and he is one of the best in the buiss. so shame on u who talk smack for u are to poor and have no clue on the price to run a bowling aley

Comment Date: 10/27/2008 Name: sportygirl20346
hey i wanna do my 12th birthday there but how do i make rejestrasions and all that cause i want to invite like 37,36, or 35 kids to my party so like how meany people am i alowd to invite up to and how can i have a party there for my 12th birth day?

Comment Date: 8/9/2008 Name: Bowler08
ocean Lanes does not pin shave. The Lanes are sometimes to oily, but that’s it. The food is pretty decent. They don’t have much open bowling because they have so many leagues going on. Including to school leagues during the winter seasons. The staff is very friendly.

Comment Date: 5/6/2008 Name: Pin Shaving!
You have heard of point shaving in pro sports, well try pin shaving! That’s what they do at Ocean Lanes. They take the pins and round the bottoms down so the base is much smaller than normal. This makes the pin very easy to knock down with the slightest bit of force. Now most pins over time will have their bases knocked up and rounded off some, but nothing like shaving them down on a pin lathe.
It’s not legal, and not ethical but hey whatever makes the bowlers happy I guess.

Comment Date: 4/21/2008 Name: Cosmo Occhiogrosso
Very nice establishment. Good food, nice bar and plenty of parking. However, lanes are tremendously easy to hit. Serious bowlers should be aware they will average at least 20 pins higher here.

Comment Date: 12/28/2007 Name: feel bad for mom
if parents are bettin on kids 300 they should be ashamed,, dont be afraid to tell them
2 300s in 4,000 shore conference games-guess you are right- way too many.

Comment Date: 12/28/2007 Name: Anonymous
clean, well kept, reasonable priced enteretainment value. too crowded in winter

Comment Date: 12/13/2007 Name: sf
very clean—great conditions–friendly staff—one of the best I’ve ever bowled in

Comment Date: 12/12/2007 Name: Mom to HS Bowler
In the first couple of weeks of Shore Conference Bowling there have been two 300 games, countless 700+ series and a team series of 3500+. What’s wrong with this picture? Since when do high school bowlers have averages of 230? I have heard that Ocean Lane’s owner Jay wants to have EVERY honors score in the state of NJ held at Ocean Lanes.
The high school bowling team coches are annoyed. The athletes feel the “sport” has been taken out of the game. Spectators are now taking bets to see how many 300 games will be shot this year.
I for one will do everything in my power to raise awareness that what Ocean Lanes is doing is a DISSERVICE to the youth bowlers of Monmouth & Ocean Counties. These youth bowlers will have to put down these artifically inflated averages when they go for tournaments or other leagues.
I hope high school bowling for the Shore Conference is moved to a more respectable bowling center.

Comment Date: 12/8/2007 Name: Steve Dotson
Dan Skoog Rocks!!!

Comment Date: 11/27/2007 Name: os girl
i have gone to this ally for many years.
only because i live close to it.
they are expensive and the staff are often rude…. INCLUDING the owners. i have children and they often seem anoyed that children even come there.

Comment Date: 10/2/2007 Name: dan sheehy
place just falt out s*cks

Comment Date: 1/8/2007 Name: Bowla
Lanes are pretty sh*tty and old. Pretty pricey too and never have deals wich pisses me off. The lanes are dry as f*k and when they are oiled they dry up in like 5 frames and hook the lane easily
over all .. fun place but needs help

Comment Date: 8/18/2006 Name: Joe Koslowski
Great place to bowl. Leagues are structured nicely and Jay (the owner) puts up money for guaranteed prize money leagues. I bowl 3 times per week there.

Comment Date: 12/10/2004 Name: Steve Y.
Very nice place to bowl. Professional setup through and through. They havent givin in to all the cosmic bowling, and rock and bowling that you see everywhere else. Great place to practice. Also Tony, in the proshop is The best of the best!!!!

Comment Date: 7/14/2004 Name: BS
For having the NJ State Tournament there what lousy conditions. No oil on the lanes except for a few preferred bowlers. It gives this game a bad rep.

Comment Date: 5/24/2004 Name: PAUL JONES
The beer is overpriced!!!!

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