Bowling Centers in Connetticut (CT)

Super Bowl Lanes

Super Bowl Lanes

  Name: Super Bowl Lanes  
  Address: 1300 S Main  
  City: Plantsville  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06479  
  Phone: (860) 628-4553  
  Hours: Sun-Wed 9am-11pm, Thur-Sat 9am-1am  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: No  
  Comments: Features 36 Lanes, Cosmic Bowling, Noble Romans, and Bowl Winkle’s Pro Shop (860) 276-0323,  
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Super Bowl Lanes Comments
Comment Date: 5/3/2012 Name: Apple Valley Bowling Center
New name for Super Bowl gone ..

Comment Date: 4/14/2012 Name: Who is buying Super Bowl Lanes..?
Brunswick is dumping Super Bowl Lanes … When ..?

Comment Date: 6/13/2011 Name: Anonymous
How ingenius of you to point an idiot, you must be one yourself…anyway…the point to get accross here is the “Better bowlers” as put are one that are set in their ways, and unwilling to change, therefore they are “old” as in “old school”.
Let me explain it in a way even you can understand Captain brains, these “better bowlers” are only good when they can stand in the same spot, roll the ball over the same arrow, 36 times in a row and score a 900 every week. But if they can’t do that it is everything under the suns fault but theirs. And its so easy to to be a copout and quit or go elsewhere. Or if they can score good they still find something to whine about(pricing,too hot, too cold, a dustball,damn near anything you can think of)…its in their nature….what they should do is look into the mirror and see where the real problem lies. And that goes for every bowler in every center !!!

Comment Date: 5/18/2011 Name: Anonymous
So what you are saying is that all the better bowlers here are old ? Wow, you really are an idiot.

Comment Date: 3/21/2011 Name: Anonymous
The shot in that place hasn’t changed in years. Most of the “better bowlers” as you say just can’t admit they are getting old and can’t hold up like the used to, but as usual as with any bowler in any house its ALWAYS the lanes, never the bowler.
Besides even if the shot was changed, isn’t that a challenge to the bowler ? Isn’t that what the “sport” is all about ?
Oh yeah I forgot… everyone is supposed to walk in every week throw the same ball over the same mark and shoot 900 every week, if not then is has too be the lanes. Its an ego thing.
The fact is for most of the “better bowlers” as you say they could oil the lanes between every shot and they still would find something to p*ss and moan about…going to another house will not change the fact that they are getting old and can’t do what they used to do good.

Comment Date: 3/16/2011 Name: Anonymous
Kerry, give me a break. The new manager is a joke. He changed the shot and most of the better bowlers are talking about going somewhere else next season. You might be the only team in the league. Good Luck.

Comment Date: 3/8/2011 Name: Kerry King
The new general manager is a great addition to the center. We bowled the Hartford County tournament at Superbowl and the center ran great. The GM was available, accommodating and personable. Our team is talking about switching centers and bowling a league at Superbowl. We bowled leagues there for years and left because the staff used to not care. That did not appear to be the case anymore. A+ Great Improvement.

Comment Date: 11/21/2010 Name: Anonymous
good place to bowl. great pro shop.

Comment Date: 7/13/2010 Name: WOW !!!
Talking about bringing in the the bowlers in the summertime, I was there this past Monday and the $1 games, hot dogs and sodas is an awesome deal.The place was jammin’.GREAT IDEA

Comment Date: 7/1/2010 Name: Anonymous
Your joking right ??
Those guys come in and do nothing but complain about everything from lane conditions which are now freshly oiled to how noisy is the water in the river…and Bob is one of the primary complainers, hes forever talking junk about this place, even though he runs a business out of the same building. But you say they’re trying to bring in business, what a joke.

Comment Date: 6/30/2010 Name: Chip
What a stupid comment. Bob and Rich are bringing bowlers into the center during the summer. a time that typically is very slow. As usual the people that are encouraging the growth of bowling are shot down.

Comment Date: 6/16/2010 Name: Anonymous
Ah Just like every year…just a way for Rich and Bob to get cheap bowling for their buddies so they play one shot wonders and stroke each others egos….just like summer, another rerun.

Comment Date: 5/12/2010 Name: Chip
Lucky doubles back on Tuesday Nights. Run by Pro shop partners Rich and Bob, excellant summer bowling event.

Comment Date: 4/5/2010 Name: Anonymous
Whats really gross is the PEOPLE that clean Colony, now thats gross.
I’m pretty sure they are all inbred. I do know that the one in charge of them is like an overgrown 12 year old, that thinks he knows how to bowl. Damn freaks….

Comment Date: 3/10/2010 Name: Anonymous
This place should hire the people that clean colony, its gross here,

Comment Date: 2/6/2010 Name: Anonymous
Dont see you talking bout small breasted women

Comment Date: 1/19/2010 Name: Anonymous
only you would think of her big boobs. It is not just her boobs it was her personality, her smile, her looks, very HOT woman. She just was very outgoing and loved life in its self. she was a great part of Super bowl and is greatly missed.

Comment Date: 1/18/2010 Name: jim
Great pro shop.bob and rich are both great.bought lots of equipment there and always very satisfied.bob and rich are very knowlegeable and very helpful.and always take time to answer any questions or help with your game.highly recommend them!

Comment Date: 1/11/2010 Name: Anonymous
wow look what a pair of big boobs can do,

Comment Date: 1/6/2010 Name: Anonymous
right….sure she did and sure you do

Comment Date: 11/19/2009 Name: Steve W
Actually Vannessa is in stamford. Just so you no. She has been back and forth to there and NC she is buying her dads house. I know Vannessa`s brother.

Comment Date: 10/25/2009 Name: Anonymous
Sure she did and sure you do…did you know your eyes are brown ?

Comment Date: 9/21/2009 Name: Anonymous
Vanessa has moved back. She lives in stamford I have her number if any of you want it let me know. As for her having twins, She had 1 little girl.

Comment Date: 9/17/2009 Name: Anonymous
How can you get over her? Still keeping fingers crossed she will be back. You just never no

Comment Date: 8/12/2009 Name: Anonymous
Vanessa is in NC taking care of her twins (real babies)& working for an AMF center.
As for her coming back…you have a better chance of having Earl Anthony joining a league with you this year.
Let it go…move on….

Comment Date: 7/31/2009 Name: Anonymous
Has anyone heard on Vanessa and how she is doing? Is the rumor true that shes coming back?

Comment Date: 7/16/2009 Name: Anonymous
Umm…perhaps the lease isn’t up yet ??
Sounds logical to me…

Comment Date: 7/16/2009 Name: Tickle Trick
How come BRC hasn’t renewed their lease for this place??

Comment Date: 6/30/2009 Name: Anonymous
I think the guy at the front desk on saturday nights is very polite. But sonny has his moments on being nice too.

Comment Date: 6/28/2009 Name: Anonymous
I also joined this league and they changed it to 4 people per team instead of 2 people per team. But you think thats cheap the cosmic bowling is cheap along with the .99 cents a game for open bowling. whats nice about the cosmic bowling is that they have a dj.

Comment Date: 6/1/2009 Name: Interesting….
I guess that rumor of this place closing in May got squashed, June first and still open.
I heard they have a HUGE summer league starting this Thursday.

Comment Date: 4/25/2009 Name: Stan
Rich, we are taking some time off. Doing it for over 9 years, just about every weekend has taken its toll on us. If we come back, I still have the mailing list and will send out emails and also post on other bowling message boards. Thanks for asking.

Comment Date: 4/20/2009 Name: Richie
Hey Stan whatever happened to your tournament? Will you be starting that up eventually?

Comment Date: 3/2/2009 Name: Stan
John, I think you missed my point. If the lanes are that easy and the balls explode when they hit the pins, then why doesn’t everyone average over 230 ? I will give you that everyones average has increased with the new equipment but the bowlers that are that good today would still be good 20 years ago. If you are averaging 160 in todays environment, then you would have probably averaged under 140 before meaning you would still not be a very good bowler. As far as switching balls, you have to admit that todays bowlers needs to know whats in the bag and how will this ball react to the current lane condition. The name of the game has always been carry. You saw Pete Weber throwing plastic a few weeks ago and you saw him this past weekend throwing reactive. Both shows he could not carry the 10 pin. Yes he did switch to a different ball this weekend and did carry but it was too late. Now no one on this site throws the ball any better than Pete and he proved, even with todays explosive equipment, you still need to carry the corners. All todays equipment and easy lane condition did was to increase everyones average. A 200 average 20 years ago and you were in the top 5% in the state, today, you are just an average bowler. Maybe that is what you are trying to say. John, as a former Por Shop owner, you know even with the easiest lane conditions, if you have the wrong ball, wrong layout or wrong surface, you will not score. Ask Pete. This is what makes this current environment more challenging. There are just too many variables in the equipment and knowing the differences is what separates the good bowlers from the average ones. One last point, I am not talking about some house bowler who bowls mutiple leagues in one house. If this guy is not averaging over 230, then he should take lessons. John, good debate.

Comment Date: 3/1/2009 Name: John C
Why is it that bowlers not only accept equipment that inflates scores, but also demand it. In other sports there is an outcry when players use enhanced equipment or even ehancing drugs. When a baseball ball player is caught using steroids they want his stats pulled. Todays bowling balls are no different. Maybe baseball can do what bowling has done, with tougher lane conditions, they can simply pull the homerun fences back and make them higher. Problem solved, right? Maybe these balls are why the general public has no respect for the sport. The week the pba ran a plastic ball tournament Espn and the media talked about it all week. What does that tell you? I love bowling I only want to see it survive. And by the way I only began bowling in 1997, long after the use of plastic and rubber.

Comment Date: 2/28/2009 Name: John C
Well at least Stan is man enough to sign his name. I re read my past post don’t see any whining.By the way I never said I was a great bowler. I am better then I was, more 700’s this year, and higher scores in general. Stan I disagree with you. Yes todays oil are more slick, however I dont see that in Ct. I have bowled out west, much more oil and I did have to use reactive. Even two handed could use reactive. Billy Hall and Bill Taylor have both commented that it is very dry in this region. The problem I have with todays equipment is that it allows bad bowlers to score. Then to make it worse the better bowlers complain that the equipment and easy shots are to blame. Guess what good bowler, that is why you are scoring. Plus I dont think it is a skill to keep switching balls till you score. Don’t quite see how that is a skill. The reason most people disagree with me is that they would have to admit that it is the ball that makes them good. Well at least we have something to debate.

Comment Date: 2/27/2009 Name: Stan
Everybody is bowling on the same conditions and everybody has access to the same equipment. This being said, than why do some folks average 160 and others 230 ? The game has always been about carry. The better bowlers know when to switch balls and know about surface adjustments,layouts and can repeat shots. This is bowling 101 for the modern bowler. The bowler from yesterday needed to repeat shots but knew far less about the equipment they were using. Not to mention that todays lanes are made from much harder materials. Factor in the newer types of oil, you have a much slicker condition than you could have imagened many years ago. The newer equipment is the result of the manufacturers trying to even out the playing field. In a way, todays game is much simpler. Stay up the back of the ball and let the ball do the work. In the old days, you had to work the ball more to get a good reaction. BUT doing this caused many wrist and arm injuries. I’ve bowled in both environments and I find them both equally chalenging. You have to move and, your can’t live in the past.

Comment Date: 2/27/2009 Name: Anonymous
No not in our heads, in our face yes.
If you want to be so alienated from this so called joke of a sport why do you come on sites like this to whine?
Perhaps because you are like the rest of society and refuse to accept change.
A suggestion for you, why do you head on up to Rockville and bowl there.
Face it John you are not the bowler you used to be nor want to be and for that everyone has to suffer by listening to you whine about the past being gone.
Get over it, get with it or get out of it.
Enough said !!

Comment Date: 2/26/2009 Name: John C
Maybe not popular, but I am in your head. Don’t you get confused, todays equipment has made this sport a joke. I am not impressed with any score bowled by bowelers using balls on steroids. I stopped drilling balls because I could not be part of that farce any longer. And By the way I posted about Pats back to back 300 games on the TBA message board.

Comment Date: 2/24/2009 Name: Chip
Wow, I am popular.

Comment Date: 2/24/2009 Name: Anonymous
Big talk bowl Chip for money or shut up Todd

Comment Date: 2/24/2009 Name: John C
Next season I am running a classic era bowling league. Plastic and rubber balls only. Maybe some of you big mouths will join, and learn how to bowl.

Comment Date: 2/24/2009 Name: Anonymous
No don’t get it confused…popular and annoying are two different things.
Popular because you needlessly toot your own horn.
Annoying because you wish you were as good you proclaim yourself to be, and use this website to tell everyone about it.
Just like you did when you bowled at hamden lanes.
Fact is your not a great bowler by any means, average at best who got lucky and shot a good series, get over it.
If people came on here to brag about every honor score they’ve bowled in this center they’d be looking for a new server twice over, and I’m talking about REAL numbers like 800’s and 300’s, in fact last season on Friday night mixed a certain bowler rolled 2(yes 2) 300’s back to back, yet I didn’t see any posts on here about it, perhaps because he didn’t use a rubber ball.

Comment Date: 2/24/2009 Name: Annonymous
I thought this site was to rate the bowling alley, not for personal attacks. That is all I have to say.

Comment Date: 2/18/2009 Name: Anonymous
And Chips set last night(2/17)….170-190-156 for an exciting 522 series.

Comment Date: 2/18/2009 Name: Anonymous
784 is not bad, but what does he bowl without the bumpers ?

Comment Date: 2/11/2009 Name: Anonymous
Chips set last night 258 276 250. 784. not bad. And with a rubber ball. By the way he never complains

Comment Date: 2/8/2009 Name: Anonymous
I have seen “Chip” bowl and might I say the scores are sparatic as a richter scale on crack.
Can’t help but wonder why people who bowl in other houses end up with lower averages and then hold a higher average at Superbowl always seem to cry the most about the lanes at Superbowl.
In a nut shell if the lanes are not to your liking @ Superbowl and they are, with your other lower averaging house, why do you continue to bowl @ Superbowl and cry every week ?

Comment Date: 2/4/2009 Name: Anonymous
hey joe s, no they are not closing. stop trying to spread rumors !!!!!!! what a troll

Comment Date: 1/29/2009 Name: Anonymous
If you people are as good as you say that you are than you should have no problem putting your money where your mouth is and bowling Chip for money. Does not matter what the condition is or whatever. Shut up and let your bowling do the talking not your toilet of a mouth. You people are really sad.

Comment Date: 1/27/2009 Name: Joe S
Is it true they are closing there doors come May?

Comment Date: 1/24/2009 Name: Anonymous
Chipello is a CrAzY but brave man.

Comment Date: 1/20/2009 Name: Chip
Angel is that u looking for action?

Comment Date: 1/20/2009 Name: James Earl Jones
No, they don’t.
There are two leagues that bowl on the same side, all lanes which have been oiled the same way, and the linage is 3 dollars different.

Comment Date: 1/20/2009 Name: Anonymous
Vanessa is back in CT we spoke on Saturday

Comment Date: 1/19/2009 Name: Anonymous
To James Earl Jones . All primetime leagues pay the same amount for lineage, except or the non primetime ones that bowl at special times, Midnight, 10am, 2pm etc.

Comment Date: 1/19/2009 Name: John C
See our league is growing already. I guess my comments sparked interest.

Comment Date: 1/19/2009 Name: DING DING DING!
OK, Since your calling people out now we should get action bowling going. $100 a man min. Sounds like John wants action. What do you say? And please don’t start with excuses. Be a man

Comment Date: 1/19/2009 Name: Anonymous
Don’t flatter yourself John.

Comment Date: 1/18/2009 Name: James Earl Jones
Same amount for Linage? You make me laugh sir, you really do. Linage for a men’s league is usually about 10 dollars, while mixed are about 8 dollars.
Please don’t insult my name until you know what you are talking about.

Comment Date: 1/16/2009 Name: Neba bowler
I cant believe what i am reading. Instead of insulting John C (Chip) You should be taking lessons from him. when he was done with me, I was averaging 239, high in New Haven county that season, and cashing in nebas. Best ball driller i ever used too.

Comment Date: 1/16/2009 Name: Steven
I bowled agaisnt John on Tues. he did not complain at all. He seemed to have a good time. Mark gave him a hard time and backed down to a money match

Comment Date: 1/16/2009 Name: It just takes a moroon
John did not complain on Tues. he bowled ok consindering he is coming off an injury. In fact Mark P backed out of money match with him.

Comment Date: 1/14/2009 Name: James Earl Clueless
True that the mens league has a higher payout because you are putting more into the prize fund. Both leagues pay the house the same amount of money for lineage so they deserve the same kind of service.

Comment Date: 1/14/2009 Name: Anonymous
2 cents, just about what that post is worth.

Comment Date: 1/14/2009 Name: Doesn’t Take A Genius
I think its safe to say that John made a fool of himself once again. I found out that he caused problems at many centers and stabs people in the back all the time. I watched him bowl horrible Tuesday and must have heard a million complaints as he looked for shoulders to cry on. Its funny how much he annoys people and being from an observant stand point, people would try and walk away or avoid eye contact so they don’t have to get an ear full each frame. How do people put up bowling on his team? Anyways John, LEARN TO BOWL and keep quiet! you know NOTHING about this game obviously. Also you should learn to have fun! I don’t want hate but you just need to have the facts told to you.
PS. Lose the Danny Weissman shoes.

Comment Date: 1/13/2009 Name: mark p
good 2 cents bill

Comment Date: 1/13/2009 Name: Bill
I also bowl at Superbowl Lanes and I find this quite amusing. Let me give my 2 cents as they say. Why would anyone want the same shot week after week? Isn’t that was makes bowling fun; having to figure out the lanes. I would be so bored if the shot was always the same. Also, how is this house supposed to make any money? If everyone wants the lanes oiled before their league; when are the lanes to be used for open bowlers? Centers do need open bowlers if they are to continue drafting people into leagues. The next thing that people will be asking for is that no one be allowed to bowl on their lanes at all (I can see this coming by some of these comments). I have asked and from what I understand the lanes are oiled every weekday and not every league gets oiled right before their league starts and there are quite a few 290+ plus games and some 300 games on lanes that have not been oiled prior to their leagues starting. I think instead of everyone complaining maybe we should try to promote having a fun time instead of just high scores. Just my 2 cents.

Comment Date: 1/13/2009 Name: James Earl Jones
You know what a Mixed League’s payout is, right? It is, statistically, the lowest paying league out there. Join a MEN’S league if you want freshly oiled lanes, and shell out the 22 dollars a week. Don’t cry when you are paying $12 a week and don’t shoot 700 every week.
Try adjusting once in a while. Ever heard of it? Probably not because if you did then you wouldn’t be here bawling your eyes out about the lanes.
Learn to adjust and stop crying, seriously.
It’s bowlers like you who infuriate me the most.
Join a men’s league, pay the extra money, and stop crying over lanes that you are too bad to adjust to.

Comment Date: 1/12/2009 Name: Anonymous
To put Bob the pro shop guy in the same company as Tom Baker and Butch Soper, are you and Bob a couple ? Sure does look that way. John C, just remember, spinning the ball just kills the ball and it does not hit. Staying under and up the back of the ball will give you a better hit with more control. Isn’t this what bowling is about ?

Comment Date: 1/11/2009 Name: Anonymous
Of course the shot is to easy, if it wasn’t the cry babies and whiners who bowl there would throw a hissy fit. Oh damn they do now.
Hey what do you mean “to easy” ?
Remember the rules boys and girls:
1) Stand in the same spot all 3 games.
2) Throw the ball over the same mark all 3 games.
3) Kick the ball return or wall when you miss said mark.Because god knows its the inanimate objects fault.
4) And most importantly folks don’t forget to yell at the guys running the control desk and make an a** out of yourself, because even moreso than than the ball return and the walls its definitely their fault that you can’t bowl consistantly well.

Comment Date: 1/9/2009 Name: Anonymous
to John C. A thumb down release is a BAD release, period ! Guess you and Bob the pro shop guy went to the same bowling lessons.

Comment Date: 1/9/2009 Name: jeff
I bowl on wednesday and sub on tuesday. I average 20 pins higher on Wednesday. That saids it all

Comment Date: 1/9/2009 Name: John C
You mean a bad release just like Tom Baker, Butch Super, and at some times ernie scheigal used. If you know anything about bowling you should know there is lots of ways to get it done.

Comment Date: 1/8/2009 Name: Anonymous
If anything the lanes are too easy at SuperBowl.

Comment Date: 1/7/2009 Name: Wednesday Night Bowler
I bowl on Tuesday nght and wednesday night. Big differnece, the wednesday night shot is a lot easier and more consistent, thats why there are honor scores. By the way John is not the one complaining.

Comment Date: 1/7/2009 Name: Jim C
Hey mark P dont bowl Chip with his rubber bowl, he will destroy you. Before he got hurt, I saw him throw a 300 with that ball, and average over 200 with it. If you never bowled with a hard shelled three peice ball, dont do it you will only look stupid.

Comment Date: 1/7/2009 Name: Anonymous
You think the Pro Shop guy knows how to bowl ?? I don’t know you but thought you were kind of knowledgealbe until you made that statement. If thumbs down is good bowling, then most of us according to you, must be great bowlers.

Comment Date: 1/7/2009 Name: John C
I may not alweays agree with Bob in the pro shop, however I respect his knowledge and ability to bowl. If he is using a weak release, it is only because todays balls are too powerful, and the backends are too strong, for a bowler with any kind of hand.

Comment Date: 1/7/2009 Name: Joe
I liked the last message from John C. I would hate to have the same shot on the same lanes week after week after week. That is what makes bowling fun. It is the good bowlers that can adjust and score on tough lane conditions. I am not up to that standard yet, but I hope to be someday. I want to get my game up to the point where I can walk into any house under any condition and still score well. That is why they make all the different balls for different conditions and you can even have them drilled differently depending on the shot you want. So the next time you want to blame the lanes, try looking at your own game first. I think they do a good job at Super Bowl, with a fantastic pro shop. My only complaint is that their snack bar is usually never open and almost always out of inventory.

Comment Date: 1/6/2009 Name: Anonymous
Allow me to interject here but the Wednesday night mixed league does not have the lanes oiled before their league, in fact they are oiled by the same person that oils them every weekday morning and thats it for the day. Yet there are some pretty high averages on that league and strangely enough no crying.
As far as inconsistancies on the lanes “John” I beg to differ with that comment due to the fact there have been more honor scores on those lanes in the past year and a half then there have been since Mike oiled and mantained the machine himself.

Comment Date: 1/6/2009 Name: John C
Unlike the angry wimp, I will sign my post. There is no reason to insult the bowlers that make a comment on this board. I find that when people are paying for something, even bowling, they want good service. I think the goal should be to build up the league not encourage the bowlers to leave.
I myself have forgotten more about this game then most house bowlers will ever know. In fact I sent a bowler I coached since he was 12, to your scratch thanksgiving tournament. I even let him use one of my balls. The ball was urethane and layed out for the over dry backends that most of the bowlers seem to need. He did win. And shot a 299 in the process.
So don’t talk about some kid taking our money, my kid already took all of yours. He beat your house bowlers in their own back yard, with yesterdays equipment.
I don’t have a problem with the shot on tuesdays and I enjoy the league. One of the things I like about the shot is that it is never the same, it makes for good practice.
I am sure the kid at the desk can beat us on that shot, for the simple fact that he can throw todays equipment faster then most of us can. And that is the only reason. However I will bowl anyone if we both use a plastic or rubber ball. ( except Bekish or Bob T from the pro shop, they actually know how to bowl, without having the equipment do it for them) And I wont even have to throw it with 2 hands. LOL.
The problem with bowling now, is that the bowler with the most speed, can take advantage of todays bombs, and with more back end, they will always win. That does not make them better. They simply match up.
I just hope the league bowls next year, it is a lot of fun. By the way sign your name, or shut up.

Comment Date: 1/6/2009 Name: mark p
if you want to build up a fun league all the bowlers in said league should be having fun. all members of the league should be looking for new teams to grow. one bad apple can spoil it for all.
to john c if you want to bowl a game or two next tuesday 1/13/09 after league useing what you bowl with that night. bring the kid to. i am just a down and in house bowler just ask todd in your league or bob in pro shop

Comment Date: 1/5/2009 Name: Anonymous
I think you all should stop and think exactly how much oil and time it will take to oil 6 lanes ? Very little oil and about 15 – 20 minutes. Not very long and very little oil used. Just good marketing to keep the bowlers happy and wanting to come back. For you guys that think you are so great, bring your “hook in a box” ball down on Tuesday night and try to bowl on bone dry lanes. Do you think that will be fun ?? Also, stop bringing up the kid at the desk, if you want to bowl this guy for money, then why don’t you bowl him. Actually, bowl him on Tuesday night AFTER the league is done. All of you are a bunch of clowns and it appears with very little bowling knowledge.

Comment Date: 1/5/2009 Name: CRY BABY WAHHHH
If the lanes were perfect in your eyes and you were able to bowl 700 series each week would you come on here and say how nice the shot was or do you just like to complain? Maybe the about of teams you have doesn’t matter…maybe its the amount of money you pay per week. I’m going to guess its probably somewhere around 12 dollars and after your prize fund is taken out your lineage is down to around 7.50 per person. You want your “perfect competitive conditions” i suggest you leave your FUN MIXED league and join a men’s league. I enjoy seeing grown men come onto a website to complain about lanes conditions and the way the league is run instead of asking the people in charge of your league, who by the way, get paid so much money per year for running your league out of the league fee you pay per week. MAYBE you’re lanes aren’t oiled to the way YOU like it is because the league officers chose to not have them done. Threaten to leave then go right ahead, have fun at some other house where you’re average is going to drop about 10-15 pins because you don’t know how to adjust correctly. And if you don’t feel like talking to your officers go ask the kid running the desk on your Tuesday night and i’m sure he’ll answer any question you have. And while you’re at it since you’re such an amazing bowler and it’s just the lanes fault that you have a bad night here and there, ask that same kid to bowl you for say 50 bucks and put your money with your mouth is. He’s one of the nicest kids i’ve met to work at the lanes and there is nothing more that he enjoys then beating people that complain about lanes in a game for money. Oh and he’ll let you pick the lanes you want to bowl so you’ll have no excuse

Comment Date: 12/31/2008 Name: Anonymous
You should do your research before you start crying. Maybe its not the fact that you have 6 lanes but that you only pay 7 dollars for lineage and your league officers chose to not get the lanes done. You want your perfect lane conditions than join the mens league and pay the 22 per week. Its funny if you shoot amazing one week youre the best but if you do bad its the lanes fault.. Give me a break and grow a pair if you got a problem I suggest you talk to the people that run your league instead of crying on some website and if that doesnt suit your needs go ask the kid at the front to bowl you and he’ll not only be glad to take your money but happy to show you just how bad a bowler you are since you dont know how to bowl unless you have perfect conditions.

Comment Date: 12/27/2008 Name: Richard Andrews
I bowl in the Tuesday night league & the lane conditions are a desaster to say the least. I came to bowl Tuesday night & the senior league bowled in the afternoon, as usual, then the Thursday night league bowled as a makeup so they would not have to make up a night atthe end of the year. By the time we got on the lanes at 7:00 there was no oil on the lanes & the ball was hooking out of control. I asked if the lanes were going to get oiled before we got on them & the lane help just laughed. If you look at the comment dated 11-30-08 by a Brunswick employee & I quote “All leagues should get the same service. Including freshly oiled lanes.” This has never been the case. I am thinking of cutting my loses & not coming back the second half. This house has been going down hill for several years.

Comment Date: 12/4/2008 Name: Anonymous
Well that didn’t take long, back to Vanessa2you.
Might I suggest 3 words….GET OVER IT !

Comment Date: 11/30/2008 Name: Brunswick Employee
All leagues pay the same lineage. So all leagues should get the same service. Including freshly oiled lanes.

Comment Date: 11/30/2008 Name: John C
Just a bowler. I think you are missing the point. And so is the center management. Let me guess, you are not the CEO of brunswick, are you?
I would like to see the league grow. I know of others who have walked out early in the season because of this same issue. And I heard two bowlers say they are not coming back.
Let me ask you. Would you fill these lanes with open bowlers if we werent there? The bottom line is that an empty lane makes no money. And let me ask you, is this the policy for the Monday or Wednesday night leagues?
Look I could care less I like the people i bowl with. I would just hate to see it end over an issue this stupid.
By the way sign your real name or is the fact that you make no sense embarrasing.

Comment Date: 11/28/2008 Name: annonymous
Vanessa is still down south; doing fine by the way. The reports of her being in the hospital are false.

Comment Date: 11/27/2008 Name: Anonymous
You people talk about adjusting to lanes. For the person that likes dry lanes, why can’t you adjust to oil ? Maybe you are not good enough and can only hook you ball on bone dry conditions. If you are a fun league and could care less about lane conditions, maybe that is why you only have 6 or 8 teams. Who would want to bowl in a league like this ? So why are you giving the guy that wants oil a hard time and telling him to adjust when you can not adjust to oil. You are pathetic !

Comment Date: 11/25/2008 Name: Joe S
How is vanessa doing has anyone heard?

Comment Date: 11/22/2008 Name: Just a bowler
I also bowl on this league. It is a very small, non money, non competitive league. It is supposed to be just for fun. The lanes are oiled during the day, there is no need to oil again. If you are a good bowler, you are supposed to be able to adjust. Maybe some of us bowlers don’t want the lanes to be oiled. Maybe some of us bowl better on drier lanes. All I can say is, if you want to be a huge competitive bowler, then just go join a mens league. Part of your weekly bowling fee only goes to the house, the rest goes into the little prize fund that our league has. So, I highly doubt that you and your team spend $100.00 a week. There are many of us who are happy with the conditions that we have and don’t want to hear complaining all the time. Again, if you are not happy with the league, then just leave.

Comment Date: 11/21/2008 Name: Anonymous
okay so pay them an extra $35 and you will get your stupid oil. Just remember because you bowl bad doesnt mean more oil is needing to be added. YOU JUST S*CK!

Comment Date: 11/21/2008 Name: Anonymous
Son, do you know how much oil is and also how much would be used to oil 6 or 8 lanes ?? It would cost hardly anything !! Don’t post if you have no real knowledge of what you are talking about.

Comment Date: 11/20/2008 Name: Anonymous
I always find it amazing how everyone wants something for free.
First of all how much is your league paying for linage ?
I can’t help but wonder if it even remotely equals up to this :
The person to set up and run the the oil machine?How do you think it gets up to the lanes from down back and moves from one lane to the next, remote control ?
I’m sure they’re not going to do it for free.I’m sure you wouldn’t either.
What about the materials involved to strip and oil the 12 lanes in question? I’m sure there is NOT an oil tree out back nor is the duster cloth anything like a roll of Bounty.Maybe its dropped every month by the pin fairies.
Oh and lets not forget the electricity to run the machine. I’ve seen it run and don’t remember seeing any solar panels on it, nor did I see any mice on wheels inside of it either. Wonder who has to eat the cost on that?
But thats not your problem, right ?
But in fact it is your problem due to the fact if the house keeps giving everyone what they want for free how long do you think it will take before you have no choice but move your league because the house went out of business.
You see the SMART thing to do would be to have a league meeting and discuss paying a couple dollars more for linage and have the lanes oiled for you(which by the way from what I read on this site you’ll still find something to whine about)then go discuss it with the management, that sounds much more mature than crying on a message board or to the person at the front desk, but god knows we can’t have any of that kinda nonsense going on now, can we?

Comment Date: 11/19/2008 Name: John C
I am sure oil is expensive. However let me explain something to you. Because of this my team has decided not to return. Now we all pay lineage, and we all spend money in the bar and snack bar. Between all of us we must spend 100.00 per week x 35 weeks. Times how many seasons we would have bowled. Do the math, It was a bad business decision. Remember every bowler is a customer weather they bowl the big leagues or not.

Comment Date: 11/19/2008 Name: Anonymous
are you aware on how much oil is? If more oil is used they are going to have to charge you like 1-2 dollars more in linage. they are oiled in the morning so theres no need for them to be oiled again.

Comment Date: 11/18/2008 Name: Anonymous
Yea, I agree. They should oil before EVERY league regardless how big or small it is. Talk to the manager and complain. How long would it take to oil 6 lanes ??

Comment Date: 11/15/2008 Name: John C
Can we talk bowling now? I joined a small tuesday night league, 6 teams. I was told by a staff member that they are not going to oil on tuesdays any longer . The logic is the league is small, 5 teams and a vacant. What difference does that make, THEN JUST OIL 6 Lanes! This is why you are losing league bowlers. Don’t oil and you will be down to 4 teams.

Comment Date: 11/9/2008 Name: Anonymous
Probably a thought that makes any sense ??
Or maybe she went jogging and knocked herself out….

Comment Date: 11/5/2008 Name: Anonymous
She had something on her brain

Comment Date: 10/28/2008 Name: Joe S
does anyone know what happened or whats wrong with her. To the person that knows whats going on with her please send her my regards. and please keep us updated.

Comment Date: 10/25/2008 Name: Anonymous
who said I have a wife? Not all of us are married.

Comment Date: 10/24/2008 Name: Anonymous
Get over it. You should try to spend as much time worrying about your wife.

Comment Date: 10/21/2008 Name: Anonymous
its not looking– they dont have high hopes for her

Comment Date: 10/20/2008 Name: Anonymous
vanessa is still in critical condition and still in the ICU unit. She is not doing well.

Comment Date: 10/20/2008 Name: Anonymous
Thats strange I thought this site was about bowling alley’s ?
I think we should rename it to Vanessa 2 u .com

Comment Date: 10/17/2008 Name: Anonymous
vanessa is in critical condition.

Comment Date: 10/17/2008 Name: Anonymous
does anyone know what happened to her? I tried to call her but her phone is not working or atleast what hospital is she at?

Comment Date: 10/15/2008 Name: Anonymous
that was stupid. She is in her 20`s you dumb a**s what does she need a face lift for shes not like your wife under the knife all day, or under another man

Comment Date: 10/14/2008 Name: Anonymous
face lift complications ?

Comment Date: 10/12/2008 Name: Anonymous
just so all of you jerks know vanessa has been in the ICU unit for the past week and a half

Comment Date: 10/11/2008 Name: Anonymous
Lets talk about those who should leave, the pro shop guys.

Comment Date: 10/10/2008 Name: Anonymous
who wouldent do her. She was hotter then hell

Comment Date: 10/10/2008 Name: Anonymous
no just vanessa

Comment Date: 10/9/2008 Name: Anonymous
You would probabaly also do Sonny

Comment Date: 10/4/2008 Name: Anonymous
i would do her

Comment Date: 10/2/2008 Name: j bowler
oh hell ya she was!!!!!!

Comment Date: 9/30/2008 Name: Anonymous
she was hot though.

Comment Date: 9/23/2008 Name: big bowler bear
dude what the hell are you talking about? She looked like a man. You need to seriously think on who you are thinking about. If it is Vanessa you are BLIND AS HELL! She would be the last person to look like a man. Wonder what your wife looks like

Comment Date: 9/21/2008 Name: Not blind
Are you guys crazy, she was not that hot. I think you need to hang out in other places. There are better looking women then the ones that usually work in bowling centers.

Comment Date: 9/17/2008 Name: Anonymous
Well you summed it up with the “one of the guys” comment.
She even looked like one too.That is until you looked down.
11 o’clock in the morning?
Interesting…why would you be visiting a married woman at her job during the day when you bowl at night?
Flirting and meaning nothing by it.Wonder what her husband would think about that or perhaps your wife…

Comment Date: 9/16/2008 Name: bowler man
okay so your telling us that she just laughed because she was drunk. Not even close. She had maybe 2 or 3 beers. I saw her drunk 1 time. I was there 3 nights a week and sat in the bar with her when we were all done. so your telling me a person has to laugh and be happy drunk? I think your a jealous girl that sat alone on league night hoping for a drink from one of us. You are the girl that eats the 15 girl cheeses all to her self huh? by the way, she was not ugly by any means! oh ya she must have been drunk during the day to at 11 in the morning because she was always smiling and laughing then. She was flirty but meant nothing by it. All of us were the same, she was just one of the guys. you have to say that michele, mike, sunny, joey and everyone else that works there has to be drunk as well or as you put it. “intoxicated” to be happy. They all are a great bunch of people. you stupid person!!!

Comment Date: 9/14/2008 Name: Anonymous
Quiting bowling over THIS girl is rediculous, especially since she is married with children and would just flirt with league guys(s*ckers) in order to get drinks and attention, anyone and almost everyone could see that.
Smiling and laughing usually go hand in hand with intoxication.
As far as pretty not even close.
Sorry to burst your bubble.
Lastly I heard through the grapevine she moved to NC, have a nice trip….

Comment Date: 9/13/2008 Name: Anonymous
You are right big bowling bear, there are plenty of resons to quit this place. In fact there are two big reasons right in the pro shop.

Comment Date: 9/11/2008 Name: Big Bowler Bear
I dont think you should quit a game because the pretty looking girl left. If you are thinkig of leaving, leave for a good reason. dont get me wrong I miss her to. She always had a smile on her face and was always laughing about something. We all miss her.

Comment Date: 8/21/2008 Name: dan
i am going to quit the monday men. no vanessa, no new players, same old crap. Whos with me?
Does anyone know if she would be coming back? Does anyone know where she moved to?

Comment Date: 8/17/2008 Name: bowler man
From what I heard Vanessa moved. That s*cks who are we going to stare at now? I dont think sonny makes a pretty little lady?

Comment Date: 5/14/2008 Name: BOWLER
We dont know where she is. She is M.I.A we all miss her though. I hope she is still working there and did not leave us. This will bring sad to a lot of people I hope she is there next season. I hope she is okay. Anyone know if she is still there. Someone has to know something come on people help me out

Comment Date: 5/11/2008 Name: Anonymous
I would like to make a little correction on what “Anonymous” said on 3/9/2008. This correct IS from an employee of Brunswick, someone who knows Charlie and has worked with him, so knows this information to be TRUE.
Charlie was NOT released from Brunswick. He has left due to family reasons (i.e. his parents are aging, and not doing well), though I do not know if he plans to return in the future. I believe he has been off for about six months or so, though he is still seen hanging out in the manager’s invitational league. (This is still in Lowell, of course.)

Comment Date: 5/10/2008 Name: Anonymous
where has vanessa been did she leave? She makes my whole experince worth wild going. if she isnt there any more there is no reason for me to be. any one got any clue where she is?

Comment Date: 4/28/2008 Name: Monday nights ?
Thay would just blend in with the rest….

Comment Date: 4/28/2008 Name: Chip
Some clown is making post under my name. Sonny I have no problem with your lanes I enjoyed bowling there all season, See you next year. I did talk to many of the leagues at Hamden. Most felt it was too far to travel. I am still working on them.

Comment Date: 4/26/2008 Name: awesome lanes
i am from hamden. i checked out your lanes on thursday. they are awesome. they were not dry not to oily. they were great I am going to see if i can get the rest of my league to your lanes by the winter.

Comment Date: 4/25/2008 Name: Anonymous
thank your lucky stars that you didn’t get the monday league from hamden….biggest bunch of crybabies ever!!! If something is wrong or they don’t get their way they just go to the desk and yell at whoever is there. And if they don’t bowl well, then it must be the lanes….i think they must all be PBA members….

Comment Date: 4/21/2008 Name: John C
Sonny, I would like to thank you for your generous offer to floor leagues from Hamden. However after describing how dry your shot is; And how bowlers that drop the ball into the approach can score, Most of them have decided to bowl Amity.
I did try. However they could not get by a ball hooking at the arrows, and rolling out at the pins. It remined them of the old Hamden with wood lanes.
Thanks anyway, I did try.

Comment Date: 4/18/2008 Name: REALLY???
And let me tell you after going on {website deleted} website for usbc,,,if they change the current format from units to ratios,the game will hopefully bring back skill and shotmaking,which abc couldnt/wouldnt do before usbc is i said go onto {website deleted} click on lane certification then bowling lanes & you’ll see for yourselves

Comment Date: 4/15/2008 Name: Not who you think it is…but close
As well they should although I doubt it will go very far, because as proven on this site and in the bowling alley’s themselves. There are only what is referred to as wannabe bowlers who want to walk into any given house and do nothing but throw to same shot everytime and adjust to nothing but yet shoot a 900 series. When they shoot a great game it inflates their ego.If they don’t its everybody elses fault but the person throwing the ball.
I really don’t think anybody (especially the frequent whiners who have no life but to come to a site like this just to complain and bash in the shadow of darkness) is up to a challenge of a PBA like shot because they stand the chance of getting knocked off their high horse and being exposed as the novice that they really are,sorry but you know who you are and yes you do know its true.Yes SAD but very true.

Comment Date: 4/12/2008 Name: Anonymous

Comment Date: 4/4/2008 Name: jim womack
to anonymous,for your information,according to usbc,the oiling rules is 3 units of oil.distance-wise,is up to the center.for lane inspections,the association,checks 3 distances on the lane(s).15′,30′ and when the machine stops oiling.i’ve seen it done plenty of times.if a center wants to oil 45’ft,they can.30’ft they long as 3 units the pick-up reader(tape),thats all that matters.JUST REMEMBER THAT!!!!!

Comment Date: 3/30/2008 Name: JOHN BELOWKOWSKI
I have fun here. The food is good the lanes are awesome the people are great and the light show at night is great There should be some stuff that you can buy for night fun like necklaces and stuff but over all its a great time. I recommened this place to everyone.

Comment Date: 3/29/2008 Name: Anonymous
Wow !! Thats the smartest thing I’ve seen on this board yet.
Somebody finally gets it !I was starting to think the entire bowling world is retarded.

Comment Date: 3/28/2008 Name: j bowler
why is everyone acting like jerks?? GET OVER YOUR BOWLING ITS NOT THE LANES ITS YOU !!!

Comment Date: 3/26/2008 Name: Anonymous
For you guys picking on the guy that mentioned the rocking chair. Obviously you can not read. The man said, in simple terms, stop dreaming the way it used to be and be happy that bowling is still around. Everyone always want to compare bowling the way it was in 1960 to now. Who cares ? I was not around in 1960, I do not care what the lanes were like. If they are easier today than 1960, well, thats the way it is. You guys should take your video cameras and take video of yourself. Guess you all still throw rubber bowling balls, since you liked the past so much. Would hate to hear you old farts are bowling with the new equipment made in 2008 and you are all probally still averaging 160 because you s*cked then and you still do now.

Comment Date: 3/26/2008 Name: league bowler
to the dude that says charlie was hotter then her. you need an eye glass upgrade she is hot. by the way i think the lanes are great ya sometimes there a little to oily but theres a great shot out there. I bowl 2 times a week there and 1 time at another ally these are awesome compared to the other lanes

Comment Date: 3/24/2008 Name: Improving bowler
Hey don’t be so hard on these guys. I have been bowling much better there. I have negative revs and my ball used to never hook an inch. However now with the less oiled lane condition I am bowling great. I still drop the ball and put nothing on it, but now it is destroying the pins. In fact anyone who stays behind the ball and can turn it is bowling bad.
The place is great they have made me, the 160 bowler, a steady 200 plus shooter.
Thanks guys, I am sure a lot of top pba players will come out of here.

Comment Date: 3/24/2008 Name: bobby johnson
to this clown annonymous,you’re telling mechanics to stay in their rocking chair???you and these jokers saying this center’s going to close,a pass on these rediculous statements about lane all of a sudden,this joker ed who i can care less about how much he spent open bowling and didnt have oil,snack bar being closed..WHO CARES!!!!remember,usbc and these centers putting out these blindman conditions,are the ones who made you & your buddies put in the high clouds(cloud 9).dont forget that.if i was in charge of usbc,the 3 units of oil rule would be bye bye,you should thank your lucky stars,pal.

Comment Date: 3/24/2008 Name: RM
to dan,these days,the mechanics of the 70s,about 15% are retired,the others,still are in the say,stay in your rocking chair???i got news for you,we can videotape your lousy bowling on a real condition and put it on public tv,anywhere.and yes,it’ll be good for the real bowlers to see what happens when these wall of china conditions,are not there.have i done this, jokers make good comedy channel material.

Comment Date: 3/23/2008 Name: are you kidding ?????
Charlie was hotter than her

Comment Date: 3/22/2008 Name: ex amf meadows bowler
you’re all lucky usbc aka abc doesnt make conditioning change to 40’ft minimum,get rid of 3 units of oil,make it 10 units,then maybe clowns like you wouldnt know how to adjust,better yet bowl maybe a’s time for a change and get these susposed 200-250 averages down to more manageable.time for skill to come back.

Comment Date: 3/21/2008 Name: DJ
no that rumor has been going on for a long time. they are not closing. I am sure they would let us know if they were. and that girl is a hottie and her name is Vannesa if i am not mistaken

Comment Date: 3/20/2008 Name: JB
Heard a rumor that this place might be closing down in 1 year or 2. Anyone hear this ?

Comment Date: 3/19/2008 Name: just a bowler
Ok in just reading your comments you all sound like a bunch of girls unless you all are? I just dont get it. But to the comment of J bowler. yes dude she is HOT.(whats her name)?

Comment Date: 3/18/2008 Name: Dan
to ex amf meadows lanes bowler
It get tired of all you old guys saying back in the day. Those days are GONE, get over it. I am sure you would love to ride you horse and buggy to work in below zero weather and snow up to you waist. Todays game is todays game, whether its baseball football, golf or Bowling. YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK, JUST SIT IN YOUR ROCKING CHAIR AND WAST YOU TIME THINKING ABOUT HOW IT USE TO BE.

Comment Date: 3/18/2008 Name: Stan
To Dan Prue
You like to use my name when you post and also Franks (plus who knows what other names you use). Be a brave person and use your own name. I read this board maybe once per week and only posted one reply a long time ago. This board is only for fools like you who want to complain but want to do it with someone elses name.
As far as my game goes, save your money and let me know when you want to loose it. I am available anytime. As for your game, You stand left, drift to the right gutter and think you are hooking the lanes. Your game is as pathetic as you are.

Comment Date: 3/18/2008 Name: Frank
Why is everyone ripping Bob a New one..
his prices got to high for me…he charged me full price for a box of tape a couple of years ago
and i thought he was my friend…now we barely talk… bob is very smart when it comes to bowling
he loves to debate with everyone about bowling..
however once he gets something in his head and it worked once thats it…he is very tough and it is very hard to get him to listen to stan.
another no it all… check out his arm swing sometime…why does my shoulder hurt..give me a break..leave bob alone…just agree with him and move on…avoid stan…

Comment Date: 3/16/2008 Name: ex amf meadows lanes bowler
to j bowler,as a ex-mechanic,you’re lucky i dont do the lanes.i’ll put down 45′ gutter to gutter,no guide to the pocket,then your 2 300s will be nothing.back in the day,lanes were stripped once a week.backends,once a week.if you’re a bowler,bowl on pba lane conditions and lets see what happens!!!!!and you’re 200t avg.will be also history,too!!!

Comment Date: 3/16/2008 Name: FB
Bob is probably the worse driller in the state. If you are a fun bowler, then you can go anywhere, Walmart, Bowlwinkles, Modells. Target etc. But if you are serious about your game, then go to a real Pro Shop where the people are knowledgeable and FRIENDLY.

Comment Date: 3/12/2008 Name: j bowler
like the people who work there. there nice and some are cute. I go to look at THE girl. shes nice always smiling. and someone is always there to help. I am sure that people are always going to complain about something. to oily to dry. give it a chance and work your own pattern. I got 2 300 I like the lanes there can sometimes be either to dry or to oily but work with it. nothing can always be perfect

Comment Date: 3/10/2008 Name: Chip
Come on give the guy(Bob), a break hes not that bad.

Comment Date: 3/9/2008 Name: Anonymous
Boy you all like to complain alot. I hope your scores show for it.
Now, Bob in the Pro Shop is a very nice guy. I have never had any balls drilled by him. He can be one to over do it in some sense and not keep quiet when maybe he should, none the less he is very knowledgeable about this sport as one would like to see in the Pro Shop. I don’t know Rich so I really can’t speak for him.
Now with the Manager issue. If all of you knew how Charlie left the place and crap he didn’t do that he should of, maybe you as well would have the same frown on your face day in and day out because all you would be doing is digging out of what hole Charlie put that place in. Further more, Charlie from what I know has been released from Brunswick. If that remain true, what does that tell you? He knows how to bring a place down. Give it some time and this place will be back where it belongs.
As for conditions, people will always complain when its too oily or to dry. You can’t make everyone happy.

Comment Date: 3/3/2008 Name: Stan
Bob, thinks he is Gods give to Bowling…
just drill three holes and let the bowler adjust..

Comment Date: 3/1/2008 Name: Harry
Joe, well said. bob is an idiot. If you have to go there, deal woth Rich.

Comment Date: 2/25/2008 Name: Joe
I have no complaints with Rich, he is awesome, its Bob that he has to worry about, he is driving this pro shop out of business. He has no clue on what he is doing. If the customer knows what he wants then give it to him. Why would you try to sell him a different ball? Bob is not a good bowler anyway, least RIch can bowl and knows what he is talking about. If you go to the pro shop deal with Rich and you’ll be a happy customer.

Comment Date: 2/19/2008 Name: Anonymous
My issue which includes my friends (on my team) are that he is loud and a self proclaimed
“know it all”. A guy on my team and I are very close in our grip. He tried my ball a few times during practice and he liked it. He went into the pro shop and try to talk to Bob about buying one. Bob would not sell him the ball. He tried to sell another companies ball that he had in stock. Bob strongly said, that is not the ball for you and would not sell it to him. My friend basically said the guy is an idiot (stronger words than that)and went to laurel Lanes and bought the ball he wanted. He is bowling very well, his average is up and more importantly, he is having fun again. Do not ask me what my problem is, ask Bob what his problem is.

Comment Date: 2/18/2008 Name: Bowler
Bob is a good guy…he has a well stocked Pro shop…and he can get you anything you need…UPS
is fast…!!! What is your issue with BOB…

Comment Date: 2/17/2008 Name: Anonymous
I hope the Pro Shop move is out of business !

Comment Date: 2/11/2008 Name: FB
You are exactly correct when you say that Bob is always willing to give advice to anyone and everyone. Mater of fact, he has a hard time keeping his mouth shut. Bob and Rich are both a joke. Go to Buddies or try Gary Grant at Wallingford Bowl. At least they will LISTEN to you and you can have a two way conversation about you game and equipment.

Comment Date: 2/9/2008 Name: JB
Who cares if the Pro Shop moves ? They are one of the worse shops in the state. If you want good service go to Buddies or Wallingford Bowl and see Gary Grant. He know his stuff and can drill circles around those two idiots at Super Bowl. If Gary’s arm was in shape, he could also bowl circles around them. Super Bowls pro shop is for chumps. If you are a chump, then go to Super Bowl. Enough said !

Comment Date: 2/7/2008 Name: Pro Shop Moving
Are Bob and Rich Moving…???
this would be a BIG Lost to Super Bowl Lanes..
Bob is always ready to give advice to anyone.
Both Bob and Rich know the Game of bowling inside out…Both are excellent Bowlers who have passion for the game…However, Bowling is becoming a JOKE..very painfull to guys like Bob and Rich…Sad…Hang tough Guys..

Comment Date: 2/6/2008 Name: Joe
I think the place is going to close down. They have hardly any league bowlers and the place is starting to look rundown. I hope they stay open, but I would not bet on it.

Comment Date: 11/30/2007 Name: Bowling God
Open Bowling is for the guy who needs to blow of some steam and have a few beers.. He is NOT even
thinking about the Manager’s issues…at the end of the night just tell he how much he owes so he can go home and beat his wife…Please don’t give the average bowler that much thought….
The League Bowl is a totally differ Guy. he wants either Wet, Medium or Dry Lane conditions depending on his game… if he doesn’t see his shot then his average is going down. Not a happy guy…and he will let the manager know about it…
this is a NO win situation for the manager…as a manager you should NOT be surprised by this…
the core bussiness of bowling is to turn the lanes on…collect the money….and turn the lanes off…thats it…all the other stuff is the real issue..don’t blame the bowlers for that..thats on the manager…and the guys at the Top…who don’t bowl…

Comment Date: 11/29/2007 Name: Anonymous
What makes you think I was ever there ?
I’m just somebody who knows.
And I can tell you for a fact that all the managers who have been there all came up to the same result.
It’s not the managers its the people just ask ANY bowling alley manager, I have and they all have the same answer.

Comment Date: 11/27/2007 Name: Anonymous
you made some good points, but being the manager you have to at least try to friendly to the bowlers. You may not like them or your job but being friendly should be a priority for a person working with the public on a daily basis. we all have our bad days, but every day seemed bad for you. hope you are happier now that you have left.

Comment Date: 11/22/2007 Name: Anonymous
Perhaps if you had to deal with a bunch of grown people acting like whiny little babies (League Bowlers) people who are as ignorant as the day is long (open bowlers) you’d lose your smile too.
You have league bowlers mostly grown (physically) men who do nothing but complain about EVERYTHING like a bunch of little old ladies who couldn’t shake PMS after menopause, or open bowlers who think the whole idea of the bowling alley is to see how many things they can destroy, or that that pin rakes sole perpose is for target practice then have the nerve to blow up when they learn that have to actually pay for their bowling (” no the $3 you paid on the way in was for shoe rental only”) On top of that having a staff that wouldn’t know what work is if it came up and bit them on the nose.
All the while having corporate bosses constantly in your face screaming about how your not making enough money.
Its easy to sit here and toot your horn about how bad a manager or a center is without even knowing the first thing about how to run one or whats involved.
You’d think with all these backseat managers with all their comments and complaints there would be bowling centers popping up about every 1/2 mile or so.And what really amazes me is through all the whining crying and carrying on people do, they keep showing up day after day and year after year.
Kinda makes you wonder who the real donkey’s are, doesn’t it ?

Comment Date: 10/26/2007 Name: Future Bowling Center
Charlie was not a happy Guy…
when ever your lane turn off after 7 minutes..
Charlie always had a comment about you must be bowling too slow..
He was a Big Red Sox fan…Hopefully he has found his Lowell…he was a real Donkey…

Comment Date: 10/22/2007 Name: Anonymous
Have you noticed, the new manager lost her smile. She is getting more like Charlie. She walks around and says nothing to the bowlers, matter of fact, she starting to look grumpy like Charlie did. There must be something in the water over there !

Comment Date: 10/17/2007 Name: Anonymous
Yup, Charlie has been moved from that center, and he is in the one in Lowell, MA.

Comment Date: 10/12/2007 Name: Anonymous
this is a great center if you want to have fun go there. there is a great group of people who work there and they are awesome.

Comment Date: 10/9/2007 Name: Anonymous
Pro Shop is the BEST. Thought you were serious until I read that part. Real good, you almost had me.

Comment Date: 9/22/2007 Name: Looking for an outside shot..
Super Bowl Charlie is Gone…However Sonny is still there..
Pro Shop is the BEST…
Mike does a GREAT Job on the lanes…very consistent…
High Scoring Shot…Lefties have the edge..
However Righties are close behind and there are more of them…
New manager seem very nice…only time will tell..

Comment Date: 7/12/2007 Name: Anonymous
Wow, you rated it a “B” for Food, Beer and Glow Bowling. Now go and join a league and come back and tell us what you think.

Comment Date: 7/9/2007 Name: King Pin
This center is one of the best around that I’ve been to, and appears to be in very clean condition all the time. The bar is well staffed and stocked, it has Noble Roman’s pizza and other food, has an ample pro shop with a couple of nice guys running it (although seperately owned from the center), and the lanes are in decent shape! A lot better than Colony or Bristol!! Went glow bowling one night with the kids, that was a blast! Overall a “B”

Comment Date: 5/20/2007 Name: Are you kidding
The pro shop is run by a self proclaimed “know it all” and his partner is in love with only hammer balls. Their work at best is “marginal”. What shops have you compared them to ?? If its Berlin Bowl, you are right, they are better then them, but anyone else around, not even close.

Comment Date: 4/23/2006 Name: Anonymous
Why would you get robbed ?
I go all the time and never get robbed.

Comment Date: 4/3/2006 Name: yo
go here if you want to get robbed.

Comment Date: 11/7/2005 Name: John Phillip
I went to use the Pro Shop (Bowl Winkles) on Saturday to have 2 new balls drilled. Although they were quite busy, they professionally fitted my ball, and the owner stayed 30 minutes late to finish drilling… a perfect job! In an era when most Pro Shops seem to be closing or not caring about their customers, Bowl Winkles was a pleasure. Planning to tey the lanes this week, and hope they are as good as the Pro Shop!

Comment Date: 8/12/2004 Name: Jimmy
Yes, these previous comment is true except for the manager part. The new manager, Charlie, is a very fair and respectable person. The man running the tourny was fired from the lanes for some unknown reason. But yes he is not to be trusted.

Comment Date: 5/9/2004 Name: PAT HAYES
This center has a friendly staff and lane conditions that are tougher than conditions that most bowlers are used to. NOTE: Be very cautious of bowling in Monday night Scratch Tourney since the person running it will not pay 3rd and 4th place, even though he will claim to until it appears to be a disadvantage to him (he placed 2nd) and the winner. The fact that the 1st and 2nd place finishers both work at this center is the reason I doubt the validity of the last minute payment changes. Don’t waste your time or money with this apparently condoned (by the new manager)scheme!!!

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Danbury Duckpin Lanes

Danbury Duckpin Lanes

  Name: Danbury Duckpin Lanes  
  Address: 7 East Hayestown Road  
  City: Danbury  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06811  
  Phone: (203) 7444504  
  Hours: Call for open lane hours  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: No  
  Comments: Danbury Duckpin has 16 lanes. We have seasonal hours, that change with the seasons. When schools are closed, we are open. We are also open on Holidays. We cater to ages 4-104! We host birthday parties, have kids and adult leagues and host all different types of groups.  
How Does Danbury Duckpin Lanes Rate?
Votes:    6
Lanes: Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7
Food: Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3
Price: Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3
Fun: Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7
Overall: Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7
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Danbury Duckpin Lanes Comments
Comment Date: 3/11/2012 Name: Gerald Troccola
This is Gerald Troccola, owner of Danbury Lanes. My retro repairs are almost done. Still to be fixed is the black and white floor that I will be putting down and bathroom repairs. Also the lanes are to be sanded like new again. Come see.

Comment Date: 12/13/2011 Name: Gerald Troccola
Things are shaping up real good now. We are changing the look. Come see and enjoy.

Comment Date: 11/28/2011 Name: AM
Good Luck!! Hope you do well! Duckpin bowling is REAL bowling!

Comment Date: 11/19/2011 Name: Gerald Troccola
Hi this is Gerald Troccola again, our family has took back the lanes and hope all come. We have cleaned it up and fixed the machines. Give us a try.

Comment Date: 7/22/2011 Name: Gerald Troccola
To whom it may concern. My family has owned the lanes for over forty years and was hoping to get someone in there to take over for us. It was a mistake. Many of my bowlers are upset with the conditions there and you have no idea what you are talking about.

Comment Date: 7/19/2011 Name: Richie S
If you really are the owner, and with the way you come across with your “bullying” statements, I will stop bowling there just knowing you are operating the center. It’s a friendly place, clean for an older center. Plus, our league has not had any issues with machine breakdowns at all this past season.

Comment Date: 7/15/2011 Name: Gerald Troccola
I’m still the current owner and I’m sorry for the conditions of my place of business where my tenants haven’t done like me. By Sept. 18th I will take charge once again if business isn’t purchased.

Comment Date: 6/12/2011 Name: Gerald Troccola Landlord
They say things are better than they were when I ran the place but they are wrong. Place not as clean and lane conditions are getting worse, also more machine break downs then I ever had. A goog note is, I maybe returning in Aug. 2011.

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Highland Bowl Duckpin Bowling Lanes

Highland Bowl Duckpin Bowling Lanes

  Name: Highland Bowl Duckpin Bowling Lanes  
  Address: 1211 Highland Avenue  
  City: Cheshire  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06410  
  Phone: (203) 272-6500  
  Lanes: 0  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: No  
  Food: None  
How Does Highland Bowl Duckpin Bowling Lanes Rate?
Votes:    Center Not Rated
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Highland Bowl Duckpin Bowling Lanes Comments
No comments posted for Highland Bowl Duckpin Bowling Lanes
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East Hampton Lanes

East Hampton Lanes

  Name: East Hampton Lanes  
  Address: 9 Bear Swamp Rd  
  City: East Hampton  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06424  
  Phone: (860) 267-4800  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: No  
How Does East Hampton Lanes Rate?
Votes:    105
Lanes: Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7
Food: Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7
Price: Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8
Fun: Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8
Overall: Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8Actual Value is 3.8
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East Hampton Lanes Comments
Comment Date: 2/11/2010 Name: Austin
They are always busy with leagues. For the last five times i have called to see if they were open for free bowling they said that they were busy and had a league coming. regular bowling is from 9am-6pm but leagues are from 6pm-9pm. So right after everyone gets out of work they have the leagues so you cant go there. Not a very good idea.

Comment Date: 1/26/2010 Name: Julie
This place is terrible. The locals are drunks and drug addicts who cant keep to themsleves.

Comment Date: 3/22/2009 Name: Ivan
I’ve bowled there for about 8 years now, and I like the place. The owner is a fantastic guy, really cool. Their prices are great, right now 3.25 a game is cheaper than anywhere else I go and their drinks are cheap too. It is indeed small and the lanes are older, but the lanes are being replaced this summer with better ones.
Overall I’d give it an 8/10, the only loss in point value is because the place is a little older, and the size is a bit limitting with only 10 lanes, but you can almost always get a lane there.

Comment Date: 8/14/2008 Name: araka iiosub
its really small and bad ppl go ther who smoke and drink

Comment Date: 7/6/2008 Name: Charles Godchalk
It was fun. Try the pop corn it be good.

Comment Date: 4/1/2006 Name: Andris
This is by far the best bowling alley ever. I can spend a full day bowling without an empty wallet, the employees are the nicest I’ve ever met, and I always have fun.

Comment Date: 1/27/2006 Name: Rick Cydylo
I’m really impressed with the friendliness of the people running the place and all the updates they’ve done in the past couple of years.
It is a really nice place to bowl.
The people in town are very friendly also.
Great bowling leagues.

Comment Date: 3/7/2005 Name: Matt Pietruszkiewicz
The best bowling alley I have ever gone to and the manager there is great. It’s an honor to bowl at this alley.

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Willi Bowl

Willi Bowl

  Name: Willi Bowl  
  Address: 292 Boston Post Road  
  City: N. Windham  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06256  
  Phone: (860) 456-2695  
  Hours: Sun – Thur 12pm-10pm; Fri & Sat 12pm – Midnight  
  Lane Type: Synthetic  
  Pro Shop: Yes  
  Food: Snack Bar  
  Comments: Lounge, Arcade Games, Pool, Darts, Automatic Scoring  
How Does Willi Bowl Rate?
Votes:    136
Lanes: Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5
Food: Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5Actual Value is 2.5
Price: Actual Value is 2.4Actual Value is 2.4Actual Value is 2.4
Fun: Actual Value is 2.7Actual Value is 2.7Actual Value is 2.7
Overall: Actual Value is 2.6Actual Value is 2.6Actual Value is 2.6
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Willi Bowl Comments
Comment Date: 10/15/2014 Name: Willi Bowl Manager – Leah
Yes, Willi Bowl’s reputation has been tarnished over the years but as of September 2014 it is under new management. We recently purchased brand new pins, balls and shoes. We have set up cameras in the parking lots, and routinely patrol the lot for suspicious activity. The new management is working hard to improve the reputation of Willi Bowl and to provide a safe environment for all of our guests. Thursdays are our new $1 Night. We offer $1 Bowling, $1 Beer & $1 Fries! Friday & Saturday nights are Cosmic Bowling after 6 PM. We have a youth league for ages 6-17 on Saturday mornings. If you have any suggestions please email us at Willibowl1961@gmaildotcom. Come on down and give us another try!

Comment Date: 8/17/2014 Name: Anonimous
Willi bowl is not what it used to be many years ago. The only thing Willi bowl is good for now these days is to pick up low life trailer trash women, who sleep with the guys that play pool at the bar…whether they are married or not. It is a shame!

Comment Date: 11/21/2011 Name: Anonymous
Lets be honest Willi Bowl is a cheep dive bar with a lot of townies and fights that just also happens to have bowling….. it is fantastic! (p.s. any place where people get jumped and stabbed regularly in the parking lot is not a family fun center)

Comment Date: 11/12/2011 Name: Anonymous
How much u have to pay for every qame? In cludinq the shoes?!

Comment Date: 8/14/2011 Name: Anonymous
Joe runs the pro shop

Comment Date: 3/16/2011 Name: Anonymous
who runs the pro shop ?

Comment Date: 2/25/2011 Name: Anonymous
Willi Bowl is an OK place. The lanes are synthetic and usually there is a good shot but the mechanicals are old and not always reliable. Since the most recent attempt at selling the place fell apart the owner has started putting some money into the place and it’s looking better. The pro-shop has also been taken over by someone who knows what he is doing.

Comment Date: 12/29/2010 Name: untitled
Worst place ever. Lane broke down at least 5 times during one game. Wanted a pizza that they had to order from dominos. Ordered it and then sold the slices individually to other customers and had to wait for another pizza to arrive. Never going back.

Comment Date: 11/19/2010 Name: Anonymous
Thats too bad. I used to bowl tournaments at Willie and liked the place. Sad to see that another bowling center is on the brink of closing.

Comment Date: 7/1/2010 Name: sad
Willi Bowl used to be a nice place to go but the current owner is running it into the ground. He doesn’t fix ANYTHING and I think he is waiting for the last few league bowlers to leave so he can say he had no choice but to close it down. The place used to be packed every night and now they can’t even fill the few leagues that are left. Everyone is sick of what he has done to the once thriving place.

Comment Date: 3/29/2010 Name: Tarnished gamehens looking for a good time
if any turkeys wanna bahk up a good time sometime lets meet at willi!!!!

Comment Date: 3/13/2010 Name: Anonymous
Sure the lanes may be a little weak, but in the end no one is doing anything wrong except the owner. That being said people that bowl here need to know how to have fun, because thats what the sport is about. Lanes are inconsistent about everywhere, so if you live nearby, why would you travel 40 minutes away to norwich to do the same thing you would do 5 minutes away?

Comment Date: 1/5/2010 Name: anonymous
I have been on a pool league out of Cedarwood Lounge (the bar at Willi Bowl). Monday nights used to be packed with leaguers and regular patrons. I have heard leagues have died off because of the poor upkeep on the lanes. 2 years ago they did advertise on cable, unfortunately these days owners can’t afford to “spend money to make money”, it takes all the income to just keep the building open.

Comment Date: 12/4/2009 Name: Anonymous
I go to wilibowl all the time and I love it. Its conveniently placed near everything and as long as your there to have a good time the staff is wonderful and attentive. Its also very convenient that the cedarwood is connected so if you are twenty one you can go and have a few drinks and play pool after you bowl or while your family bowls 😉

Comment Date: 10/10/2009 Name: Anonymous
All around Family Fun.Great for Birthday Parties. Special 99cent bowling on Tuesday. Lounge has DJ and Karaoke on the weekends and drink specials. Kitchen has improved greatly and resonable prices.

Comment Date: 9/1/2009 Name: deb l
i have been bowling at willi bowl since i was 5 years old. i love my nights out bowling it takes away alot of stress. i would love to see the lanes and approches work better. i used to work as a lane porter while going to high school. i also worked in the kitchen i loved my job and meeting lots of people.i grow up at the willi bowl.

Comment Date: 8/14/2009 Name: Went There
I agree with “fun but kinda out of order” and can appreciate the financial challenge of operating an independent bowling center like this, but what is the expression… “you have to spend money to make money”? For instance I can’t help but notice that it is 2009 and this bowling center still does not have a website… the only way I found out about the summer specials was because I saw the center listed on this site (there’s a bowling alley there?!) and then I took to the highway and drove over and physically walked up to the doors and saw the photocopied 8 1/2 x 11 flier taped to the door. Do they do any advertising at all? I don’t know but I suspect that very few of the thousands of college students down the road even know of the existence of this place!

Comment Date: 8/6/2009 Name: g2
willi bowl is fun but kinda out of order but really cut the workers some slack. were just there to bowl not to look at all the stuff they do wrong,people need to live a little just bowl and have a good time that is what it is for. 🙂

Comment Date: 8/4/2009 Name: THANK YOU
as the ceo of douglas manor, we take our elders ther all the time and the lanes are always working and the price is good and also the food is to die for. we thank willi bowl for great service and we support them thru these tough time.

Comment Date: 6/27/2009 Name: Went There
In the summer of 2009 they have (or “had” depending on when you’re reading this) a really great special of 99 cents per game Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you have your own shoes then this is pretty close to free entertainment! Great for learning the game too since the investment is so low. However it looks like the specials go away in the Fall. I think it normally should be $3.50 per game here (like Bowl-A-Rama on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington) not $4.00. The lanes do appear to break down a lot. But I had fun there!

Comment Date: 3/26/2009 Name: HD
The guy who runs Willibowl has a really short temper, and doesn’t know how to work anything. He will make fun of you and belittle you. The rest of the staff is pleasant though. They have good beer specials and there is food but not really recommended. The lanes are broken and sometimes its a waste to go for the two hours (cosmic) because of how much time it takes on fixing the lanes. I really enjoy bowling that’s probably why I still go here.

Comment Date: 3/26/2009 Name: Fruitcake
The place is a dump. The cosmic bowling is not as good as it used to be. The music i bad and some of the scoring screens don’t work right. The only reason I go there is because I don’t know how to keep score.

Comment Date: 3/22/2009 Name: Ernie
Prices are nuts, Should close down,lanes break

Comment Date: 1/10/2009 Name: T
Last I knew people that work in alleys get a real check so it must be a real job.Hey ZTB maybe you should get a life and maybe a hobby other than writing on sites you probably know nothing about??…Maybe you can’t pick up a 12lb “rock” or maybe you just never got a strike.Good news though they have coaches for people like u =)

Comment Date: 1/11/2008 Name: .::ZTB::.
Get a job and get a real skill, what are you doing with your lives? Put down the 12 lb rock and stop tossing it at pins in order to make yourself feel superior -.::ZTB::.

Comment Date: 9/18/2007 Name: Anonymous
the comment written in sept. about the fall season was the manager writing it. willi bowl will be sold by the end of 2007, and the owner could care less about the fall leagues.

Comment Date: 9/2/2007 Name: Cassie
Willi bowl is a great place to hang out with friends and family! I love making plans and going to lock-ins there!!

Comment Date: 7/10/2007 Name: Someone Who Knows
The Managment Paul Spoke Of Is No Longer With The Company. Contary To Rumor Willi Bowl Will Be Open For The Fall Bowling Season.

Comment Date: 3/27/2007 Name: Paul
Willibowl’s managment has changed and the customer service is lacking more than ever. I wouldn’t suggest going there if you want to be treated as a person.

Comment Date: 2/22/2007 Name: unknown
I love to bowl and it is some where fun to hang out with family or friends, i would reccomend it to any looking to have a good time!!!

Comment Date: 2/21/2007 Name: dump
willi bowl is a dump

Comment Date: 1/22/2007 Name: anonymous
willi bowl is the best bowling alley in the entire world… if any one thinks differently then you s*ck… its the best place to teach those little ones the art of bowling… and for the advanced bowlers its a great place to start a league… and check out the cosmic bowling on friday and saturday nights… 🙂

Comment Date: 1/20/2007 Name: george alvarez
well this place is cool… but i think they should make the prices cheaper like a game…. but i think the cosmic bowling is cool and its a good price…

Comment Date: 10/1/2006 Name: dave
I love willi bowl, its so awesome, my favorite is the bowling. Thanks for a great time willi bowl

Comment Date: 5/15/2006 Name: Alyssa

Comment Date: 4/28/2006 Name: blah
Willibowl is awesome, if I could live there I would.

Comment Date: 1/2/2006 Name: Steve
The lanes are great. I normally bowl in Norwich and get frustrated a lot, but I actually have a good time at Willi Bowl.

Comment Date: 11/29/2005 Name: Annonymous
The lanes break a lot, or maybe that’s all bowling lanes. The service is decent and the prices are a lot if you don’t own shoes or are not in the league. Manager is very nice.

Comment Date: 9/29/2005 Name: greg
The price is way tooooo much!!!!!

Comment Date: 1/30/2005 Name: Jordan
Good lanes. Good alley.

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Berlin Bowl

Berlin Bowl

  Name: Berlin Bowl  
  Address: 1782 Wilbur Cross Highway  
  City: Berlin  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06037  
  Phone: (860) 828-4131  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: No  
How Does Berlin Bowl Rate?
Votes:    286
Lanes: Actual Value is 3.4Actual Value is 3.4Actual Value is 3.4Actual Value is 3.4
Food: Actual Value is 3.4Actual Value is 3.4Actual Value is 3.4Actual Value is 3.4
Price: Actual Value is 3.5Actual Value is 3.5Actual Value is 3.5Actual Value is 3.5
Fun: Actual Value is 3.5Actual Value is 3.5Actual Value is 3.5Actual Value is 3.5
Overall: Actual Value is 3.5Actual Value is 3.5Actual Value is 3.5Actual Value is 3.5
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Berlin Bowl Comments
Comment Date: 3/18/2012 Name: jl
Aj. every friday i used to sub at berlin and the lanes were always bone dry and caused my bowling balls to scratch up big time. i do bowl pba regionals whenever i get the chance. i know how to play lane conditions. i just dnt like my equiment to * up.

Comment Date: 2/12/2012 Name: AJ
“If u cant figure out a lane condition my friends. Than ur not a true bowler”. Didn’t you post this on the Milford section? Wood lanes + Reactive Resin balls = excessive arc. You should have bought your Plastic or urethane equipment with you.

Comment Date: 1/25/2012 Name: john leidel
subbed there friday nites and the lanes are absolute disaster! donot use reactive resin unless u swing the ball above 20mph. usually a house shot has hold when a shot is missed inside. but when u miss your target inside for a righty or vise versa kiss ur ball goodbye in the gutter or chop the 7 or 10 pin. use plastic for this house!

Comment Date: 2/24/2011 Name: Pete
Mike, obviously, you are not a very good bowler. Any GOOD bowler would not waste their time in that Pro Shop. Those guys are idiots. If you really want to improve your game, 1st, start bowling at Bowl-O-Rama and 2nd, find a good Pro Shop to purchase your equipment from. Let me ask you this. Did they check you tilt, ball speed, axis rotation BEFORE they selected a ball and layout ? If not, all you got was a standard drill for ANYONE but not specific to your game and style. Do you still think they are a good pro shop ? Your answer should be no, unless, you are also an idiot.

Comment Date: 12/10/2010 Name: mike
bowl there in 2 leagues never averaged over 180 till jeff and bill set me up with the right ball and fit now average 200. they are great guys so maybe its you pete and that you always want a discount on everything.

Comment Date: 9/8/2010 Name: Pete
I agree, if you think the pro shop guys are good, then you are either 10 years old or too old to care.

Comment Date: 8/23/2010 Name: Anonymous
Jeff and Bill have no clue on how to drill a ball. They are the blind leading the blind. If you think they did a good job on your ball, then you have no clue on how a ball should feel and react. Find a reputable pro shop and stop going to this dump.

Comment Date: 8/23/2010 Name: Pete
Is this dump still open ? Thought for sure that Jeff would have been out of business by now. The guy is a complete idiot and the Pro Shop guy Bill is no better. I guess, if you like to go back to the 50’s and bowl, then Berlin Bowl is the place to go.

Comment Date: 8/13/2010 Name: Bob
Why is it if you have somthing bad to say you dont put your name on it, show some guts.

Comment Date: 7/21/2010 Name: Anonymous
If you had a ball drilled by Bill or Jeff and liked it, you must s*ck. They are about the worse drillers in the state.

Comment Date: 7/10/2010 Name: Anonymous
Front desk guy/owner Jeff is a real jerk. The two pro shop guys are great. I love the ball I got drilled there.

Comment Date: 7/2/2010 Name: Shaun
Went to Berlin Bowl the other day to buy a ball and bag they had it in stock and drilled it while I waited. price was less than i could find on line. Thanks Jeff and Bill see you on friday night

Comment Date: 6/18/2010 Name: Steve
I bowl at berlin Bowl and if you cant hit the shot there you need to take some lessons and relize your not bowling on plastic lanes they are real wood, you just need to use diferent set-ups on your equipment. I enjoy bowling league there.

Comment Date: 6/11/2010 Name: Mike
Went to Berlin Bowl on Friday with my friends super price $12.00 for 2 hours and it included the shoes. We already are planning on doing back next week.

Comment Date: 6/11/2010 Name: jane
Just had my sons 10th birthday party at Berlin Bowl we had a great time. The staff was great and helped any way they could. The pricing for parties is very goodand a good value

Comment Date: 3/21/2010 Name: tom
Drove by this place on the way to bowl-a-rama the other day and noticed that the bbuilding has a brand new roof. Has ownership changed? After readind the reviews I wouldn’t dare go in there.

Comment Date: 1/5/2009 Name: Anonymous
Think when you look up the word “Dump” in a dictionary, you see a picture of Berlin Bowl.

Comment Date: 9/14/2008 Name: Anonymous
Stopped in the other day. Jeff is still a jerk, glad i am bowling somewhere else this year.

Comment Date: 7/7/2008 Name: anonymous
i have to agree the owner is the most unfriendly guy. i only go there because it is close to my house but really dislike the owner.

Comment Date: 5/27/2008 Name: George
Some real good bowling centers in CT have closed in the past 5 years. Wish Hamden was still open and this dump closed. Hamden was so much nicer and had better lane conditions then this place. Plus, the management was much friendlier. I think the owners name is Jeff. What a jerk. he should not be alowed to talk to any of the customers. Not sure who runs the pro shop but the 2 guys that i talked to were complete idiots. I was looking for another place to bowl next year and it will not be Berlin.

Comment Date: 5/20/2008 Name: Mike P
The Berlin Bowl staff is always unfriendly, and never want to help, they are constantly in bad moods. The pro shop, the one hour a week that its open, is run by idiots who won’t know how to do the job correctly. The food is completely overpriced and is not even satisfying at all to the pallet, the food honestly tastes terrible. As for the bowling balls, every single one is dented and scratched up so bad that it alters the playing experience. The lanes do not seem like they are kept well because a straight roll will drift left or right quite often. Overall, there are much better bowling alleys in Connecticut. This place gives a “dump”-like feel and I do not plan on returning.

Comment Date: 5/7/2008 Name: anonomous
Berlin bowl may as well be closed becuase the place is awful.

Comment Date: 5/7/2008 Name: matt
this is the worst bowling alley in CT. The people there are clueless when it comes to bolwing equipment and i think the pro shop is awful. Wal mart has better bowling stuff than they do. Berlin Bowl is a dump. It is absolutley nasty. The place bowls like crap and is horribly maintained. Perhaps the worst part of the place is the service and employees. They are always in a bad mood, never want to help, and have no clue what they are doing. If you are a fan of fantastic though you may want to visit…..hell no. The food tasted like it just came out of a sewer-TERRIBLE. I will never go to this place again IT STINKS!!!!!!

Comment Date: 5/7/2008 Name: anonomous
wow. let me start off by saying this is the worst bowling experience ive ever had. The service s*cks, the food is horrendous, the pro shop is the worst ive seen- the crap they sell is wal mart quality and wont last a week. Not to mention the alley smells like crap and the music they play brings me back to the seventies and i feel like killing myself. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME IN THIS CRAPSHOOT, spend your money at a better place like BOWL A RAMA.

Comment Date: 1/22/2008 Name: Jim
I think they are. Everyone I know who used to bowl there does not anymore. They all think, Jeff, the owner is a jerk and extremely unfriendly. Not to mention, that the Pro Shop is run by the three stooges, meaning they do not have a clue how to drill and layout equipment. Bottom line, they may as well be closed.

Comment Date: 1/4/2008 Name: Fred
Are you kidding, are they really open ??

Comment Date: 12/10/2007 Name: stoke on ramp
Berlin Bowl is open, what planet are you on?

Comment Date: 11/7/2007 Name: Anonymous
I can see why. The owner, Jeff is the most unfriendly person around. He always walks around with an attitude. Plus every week, you have a MYSTERY shot to bowl on. Glad I went somewhere else. Feel bad because I bowled there for over 15 years.

Comment Date: 10/27/2007 Name: Anonymous
Ye, it did close down.

Comment Date: 7/17/2007 Name: Anonymous
I heard this place was closing down. Is it ?

Comment Date: 7/7/2007 Name: Mike
I havent seen much worse dumps though. I go across the street now.

Comment Date: 6/25/2007 Name: Bowler
I have seen better dumps

Comment Date: 6/21/2007 Name: Anonymous
Yea, I agree, it is a dump

Comment Date: 5/18/2007 Name: Never Again
Bowled there last winter and will never walk in there again. The Manage/owner is a *ss and the pro shop people are all idiots. Basically, it is a dump that should be torn down !!

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AMF Milford Lanes

AMF Milford Lanes

  Name: AMF Milford Lanes  
  Address: 1717 Boston Post Road  
  City: Milford  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06460  
  Phone: (203) 878-4658  
  Lane Type: Synthetic  
  Pro Shop: Yes  
  Food: Snack Bar  
How Does AMF Milford Lanes Rate?
Votes:    428
Lanes: Actual Value is 0.5
Food: Actual Value is 0.9
Price: Actual Value is 0.5
Fun: Actual Value is 0.9
Overall: Actual Value is 0.8
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AMF Milford Lanes Comments
Comment Date: 4/22/2012 Name: ron
bobby fleetwood quit patting yourself on the back

Comment Date: 12/20/2011 Name: Anonymous
Bobby Fleetwood clearly drills the best balls around

Comment Date: 9/10/2010 Name: not a pro…yet
Well said. Any and all restrictions on scores are due to the lack of knowledge and equipment by the person delivering the ball. All conditions are playable.

Comment Date: 7/7/2010 Name: John leidel
Im a pro. The conditions at milford seem to be a fair shot. Try a week bowling ball with aggressive back end and try to play a deep inside line using the hevy oil in the center. If ur a straight down and in player use the ball ur using adding speed on a dry house shot. If u cant figure out a lane condition my friends. Than ur not a true bowler.

Comment Date: 6/18/2010 Name: joe
Bobby Fleetwood runs the best pro shop in the state. Too bad the lanes are never conditioned properly. It’s a real shame to see a center this size never close to full capacity.

Comment Date: 2/15/2010 Name: Anonymous
The “shot’ does not costy money. The shot is only as good as the machine that puts it down, and relies heavily on maintaining the machine, which brings up the subject of expirience, and knowledge. And that is priceless.

Comment Date: 1/23/2010 Name: Tim
Bobby Fleetwood is great.Milford is not my regular bowling center. He took his time and made sure my new ball fit properly.Worth the trip for sure. Thanks again

Comment Date: 1/13/2010 Name: bowler
AMF has joined a long list of corporate owners that have driven bowling centers into the ground. It amazes me how AMF can continue to spend money on everything except the actual shot. This year AMF has installed flat screen moniters, yet the shot is still inconsistent and usually dry.

Comment Date: 11/24/2009 Name: Anonymous
Dito on way can I afford to go there for a few hours. Gotta be the most expensive center in the area.

Comment Date: 11/10/2009 Name: Anonymous

Comment Date: 9/3/2009 Name: marcus fenix
pro shop is great here also, bobby fleetwood is a great guy and does great work when it comes to drill your ball,bobby has been around a very long time and is very smart when you are looking for the right ball reactions if you have any questions, stop in, he will be more then happy to help you………believe me

Comment Date: 7/28/2009 Name: jim
Thanks for backing me up man. I agree with you 100 percent. Mohegan can be cheaper than bowling here!

Comment Date: 7/23/2009 Name: Tito
Right on, Jim. I can go to Mohegan Sun, spend more time there and actually spend less then bringing the wife here to bowl 2 games w/shoes. Forget the food prices. I’ll starve first.

Comment Date: 7/18/2009 Name: jim
This place is so damn expensive. How much does bowling need to cost for gods sake.

Comment Date: 4/29/2009 Name: Sharkey
Large scholarships for ALL junior bowlers???’s you again..I thought you ONLY bowl at Wallingford. Can’t be too good if you have to place an ad on this site to get bowlers. Can’t get anyone in-house to create this league?

Comment Date: 4/22/2009 Name: Katie
I took my brother bowling here last night. The total for two games each with shoes was 37 DOLLARS! does that seem a bit much to anyone?

Comment Date: 4/10/2009 Name: BowlingFanatic2828
I’m the league director of the Family Night League. It’s an Adult/Jr League – 3 per team, vacancies allowed. Large scholarships are awarded for all junior bowlers. There is fun, competition and coaching. $16 per wk per bowler. Our summer league begins May 26th, 2009.

Comment Date: 12/9/2008 Name: Anonymous
They work for would look fishy to working for that outfit.

Comment Date: 11/7/2008 Name: Anonymous
seems like theres something fishy going on with all of the employees that work here.

Comment Date: 11/6/2008 Name: djrickysmith
Has a great pro shop run by Bobby Fleetwood (3rd Place in 1997 ABC Bud Light Masters). Look it up on youtube, posted by JAVAKING. Plently of lanes to bowl on!!
The Price…better stop at the atm before open bowling here!

Comment Date: 8/9/2008 Name: Anonymous
this place rocks!!! keep up the good work.

Comment Date: 8/7/2008 Name: Anonymous
agreed. unfortunately, amf lanes has become obsessed with increasing the food sales instead of bettering the customer service. i miss the days when they actually cared about league members. at least they’re fixing the bar up and have attractive employees; they’re something nice to look at when everything in the place falls apart.

Comment Date: 8/6/2008 Name: just an average bowler
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that the shot is consistently dry with very few pathces of oil. I wonder If AMF is trying to save money by not spending as much money on oil. But, other than that, the alley is great!

Comment Date: 7/6/2008 Name: Anonymous
U R right..I noticed the wood is missing in areas just before the foul line. Termites having lunch there?? No doubt with the high prices at the snack bar!!! Plastic wood wont do it..gotta be patched properly, but with the financial restraints at AMF, this is unlikely to happen. They just take the price increases from the bowlers, and spend it on upper management.

Comment Date: 6/26/2008 Name: jammed ankle
hey..whats up with this place? the approaches are missing chunks of wood in some areas!! I can fix them with a couple gallons of plastic wood. Won’t slide right, but at least they will look better!

Comment Date: 6/23/2008 Name: anonymous
I dont care about hamden lanes! im glad it closed

Comment Date: 6/20/2008 Name: johnnny freds
To anonymous,you shouldn’t talk.Its amazing to see your name fly on numerous sites.You,,my friend should get a life..AMF Hamden lanes is history,,I knew that back in the mid 90s.

Comment Date: 6/19/2008 Name: annonymous
dude, just shut up and get a life

Comment Date: 4/18/2008 Name: john smith
to anonymous,i hate to tell you pal,,there’s a website called bowled {website deleted} it is currently and still in use for usbc.and let me tell you also usbc is as we speak thinking about changing from units to says it on {website deleted}…oh i forgot you dont know how to read………and if and when it happens,dont come crying on this or any other website…{website deleted} is real(dummy).let me call bill engvall and have him say,,,HERES YOUR SIGN!!!!!!!!!””””..YOU NEED 1 BIG TIME

Comment Date: 4/16/2008 Name: Anonymous
Hey John, why would anyone waste their time looking up bowling distances and ratios on {website deleted} like yourself?

Comment Date: 4/16/2008 Name: Steve
I worked in the CT market in the late 80’s and early 90’s and can tell you that anyone that compares today’s shot to conditions prior to ABC’s short oil is a fool. Today’s conditions are a joke (that’s wjy USBC has changed the awards program starting next year that you only receive one 300 and 800 award in a life time. So for all you people that think you can average220 or 23 on the conditions of 25 years ago , you are fools and know nothing about conditions at all.

Comment Date: 4/14/2008 Name: john smith sr
hey anonymous,why would any1 would waste their time for that stupid request???it’ll make no difference!!!you couldnt hit the broad side of a barn,anyways!!i know the rule for lane conditioning,3 units.also usbc is looking to change that to ratio,according to their website,,{website deleted} why dont you check it out show me where it says about distance.i read it 3 times and it doesnt say anything about it.

Comment Date: 4/6/2008 Name: Anonymous
Ok. Name at least 10 centers that you have been to where the shot is a consistent 45′ gutter to gutter pattern.

Comment Date: 4/3/2008 Name: john smith sr
hey anonymous,there are centers in the u.s.,that still oil around 45′.sorry to embarrass’s true.not all houses oil the same,YOU GET OVER IT!!!!

Comment Date: 4/1/2008 Name: Anonymous
Also Frank, I am not one of those idiots that only cares about hooking it gutter to gutter and likes to see the ball hook. I play straight up the boards. My feet are at 15, and I place the ball on 7

Comment Date: 4/1/2008 Name: Anonymous
Hey Frank, I am almost certain that you have no life and you criticize people like me on this site for a living. And guess what, the age of 45′ of oil gutter to gutter is OVER. Get real.

Comment Date: 3/25/2008 Name: frank johnson
to annonymous,i can average about 170 on gutter to gutter pattern.i know for a fact,you would quit half way thru one game.also,it’s amazing to see you bounce around quite a few websites.saying,this person isnt the manager,stay in your rocking chair,stuff like sounds stupid.i also agree,usbc needs to change the lane conditions,so clowns like you will have to,whats that word????(ADJUST).

Comment Date: 3/23/2008 Name: Anonymous
to that bowler 2828 guy virginia isnt even the manager there… i dont even think she would even take that job if it was offered to her

Comment Date: 3/23/2008 Name: Steve Franko
I miss this place, workin the snack bar and hangin with kenny p and the gang back in the fair lanes days. I used to bowl well with my black knight, shot was so easy it was like stealing money in pot games.

Comment Date: 3/22/2008 Name: ex amf meadows bowler
i can average about 150 on 45’ft gutter to gutter,that’s including on synthetic surface.these high tech machines can do this without a problem,as far as know what i would do??,i have public tv tape it,& broadcast it,so everyone can see what happens when a bowler who thinks he or she,isnt a 200t average’ll bring all these jokers on cloud 9,back to reality,within a day.

Comment Date: 3/21/2008 Name: anonymous
whatever. i’d like to see how you would do on that condition. moron

Comment Date: 3/19/2008 Name: ex amf meadows bowler
to anonymous,keep dreaming.i havent seen any1 bowl luckily a 150 game ,on 45’ft gutter to gutter.i’ll like to see that.on synthetic,its even more & your buddies $200 strike-in-the-box balls,wouldnt do all ex head mechanics who worked in that era,would tell you the same thing.(KEEP DREAMING)!!!!!

Comment Date: 3/15/2008 Name: anonymous
anytime, anyplace “ex meadows bowler”

Comment Date: 3/3/2008 Name: ex meadows bowler
to those 2 jokers ,id like to see you both bowl 300 on a 70s condition.then the lanes were stripped once a week and there was no easy shot.the house i worked at,we oiled 45′ gutter to gutter,everyday.i guarantee you,300s would be nowhere to be seen.

Comment Date: 2/27/2008 Name: Anonymous
If he is your best friend, you have serious issues in life to deal with. If you are really a “great” bowler, stay away from this guy, as he will only drag you down with his unfounded claims, statements and observations from every bowling center in Connecticut he seem to be in.

Comment Date: 2/14/2008 Name: Annonymous
Look bowling world idiot, bowlingfanatic2828 just happens to be my best friend who knows a lot about bowling and averages over 180 and I average over 190 and im only 12. You may not believe this, but i also shot 300 at milford on 1/19/08. I am currently the youngest person in the state of connecticut to bowl 300. And before you make fun of someone else, i suggest you keep your mouth shut.

Comment Date: 2/14/2008 Name: BowlingFanatic2828
Bobby is a fantastic pro shop guy. He treats me and every other person who spends $1000 on bowling balls like his own son. He may come across as professional, but he really is not a scam artist like other pro shop guys I know. His trademark is finishing with a Coors Light at the end of the day!

Comment Date: 12/12/2007 Name: bowlers’world
Attention,I found 2828,mr fanantic,on Colony Lanes website.I knew it was matter of time,before he appeared again.This person said he couldn’t react to the shot!Now that’s sad.bowling2828,needs lessons for tougher conditions.Where’s George Carlin when you need him.

Comment Date: 11/30/2007 Name: bowlers world
I must be seeing things.That bowling fantanic,now is on this site.I have to agree,you better stick with AMF Hamden Lanes.Yes,have you worked in a bowling center?It seems,you get around.You have too much time on your hands.I worked at this center,back in the 90s.Yes,I know Virgina,Buzz,and the rest of the gang.It was a pleasure working at Milford,before AMF took over.I couldn’t believe when 2525 was here.

Comment Date: 11/28/2007 Name: Mr.Caustic
Go Back to your Hamden Lanes section. You posted some mild negatives about Wallingford, and now Milford. You rave about your Family Fun League at Hamden, then you say you bowl at these other 2 establishments. Then you rate employees at this facility as unprofessional. Do you work at any center??? As a Junior Bowler,(from what you say) I do not think you are no where near qualified to make assessments like that.
PS: I have worked with Virginia, Buzzy, and a few other people there. They are all professional, and yes, I myself started in the bowling industry in 1965.

Comment Date: 11/28/2007 Name: BowlingFanatic2828
The lanes are very good. The manager, Virginia, is a very nice lady. I enjoy bowling at Milford bowling lanes. However, I think the workers can be unprofessional. Also, the pro shop guy, Bobby Fleetwood, is a very nice person and really knows his facts.

Comment Date: 10/13/2007 Name: Do-ra-zio
This is a tough house for the average bowler. Unless you have 8 different types of balls, for wet lanes, to flooded, you will go nowhere.

Comment Date: 5/22/2007 Name: Melissa
It is expensive but it’s a great place for a fun time. So much for $5 pitchers.

Comment Date: 1/4/2007 Name: Mike D.
Gee…I thought there were more than 4 Centers in the United States! You must work for AMF to make that statement!

Comment Date: 1/1/2007 Name: Matt
A superb place to go. Ultimately, my favorite bowling center in the United States!!

Comment Date: 11/7/2006 Name: Tony
WOW! Went here for the first time last week. The prices are insane! Have a little mercy for the average working man! Typical of an AMF operated center. Going to stay at private owned establishments!

Comment Date: 2/13/2006 Name: RJ
Not too bad of a center is the machines ran better and your hands and shirt are not oil soaked. A bit too much oil, but the “pro’s” need it.

Comment Date: 1/13/2006 Name: Wally
Consistent shot week to week. Makes scoring easy once you figure it out.

Comment Date: 1/30/2005 Name: Jordan
Good lanes, great alley.

Comment Date: 7/15/2004 Name: ken
Thursday night specials rock. Watch out for $5 pitchers of beer.

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Sparetime Vernon Lanes

Sparetime Vernon Lanes

  Name: Sparetime Vernon Lanes  
  Address: 408 Talcottville Road  
  City: Vernon Rockville  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06066  
  Phone: (860) 875-2583  
  Lane Type: Synthetic  
  Pro Shop: Yes  
  Food: None  
How Does Sparetime Vernon Lanes Rate?
Votes:    613
Lanes: Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7Actual Value is 3.7
Food: Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2
Price: Actual Value is 2.1Actual Value is 2.1Actual Value is 2.1
Fun: Actual Value is 2.9Actual Value is 2.9Actual Value is 2.9
Overall: Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2
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Sparetime Vernon Lanes Comments
Comment Date: 3/6/2011 Name: Logan Burns
I’ve never seen so many red necks under one roof- it was like going to the XL center on monster truck night- not that I would go there.
Wow this town is White Trash x 10.

Comment Date: 2/19/2011 Name: Star
what are the current prices at spare time and how many players can fit in a single lane?

Comment Date: 1/15/2011 Name: Anonymous
I was not happy with my experience tonight. The food ( semi-ok ). The enviroment ( TERRIBLE ). The music was WAY TO LOUD. The entire place was way to crowded. Also, my group was bowling slightly after 6pm and the lights were turned off and it was very distracting to finish up our game. The other chain that I go to for bowling is 100 times better in service, and enviroment then this. They don’t have as many people during prime time frames, the employees respect each of the bowlers and give adaquate time to finish up with little distractions. Also, there is little wait time on even getting 1 bowling lane. There is always good options for lanes to bowl on.
If I were to rate the overall event from 1 to 10 tonight —— I would have to say ” 2 ” TOPS.
If someone was to ask if Sparetime is a good place to go…. I would recommend OTHER spots.
So in summery:
Food: not real good
Service: not real good
Enviroment: TERRIBLE ( to the point of wanting to walk out before finishing )

Comment Date: 6/9/2010 Name: Meaghan
Really pricey! Bad food. The service s*cks! I was OUTRAGED.

Comment Date: 3/14/2010 Name: Anonymous
Biased website – advertise for some but not others **NOTE** Those are Google ads, B2U has nothing to do with it. – B2U Staff**

Comment Date: 3/11/2010 Name: Thats funny
I thought this site DOES NOT advertise for bowling centers…Sure looks like an ad to me.
Does BNE run this site too? **NOTE** does not sell advertising. We list bowling centers across the USA. The ads you see are placed by Google. Bowling2U has no control over the ads. We are not familiar with BNE. – B2U Staff**

Comment Date: 3/8/2010 Name: Now thats class….
First using an internet message board advertising (BNE) spending the big bucks eh.
Bands playing on the lanes while people are bowling?
Earl Anthony must be doing cartwheels by now, BNE is trying to turn bowling from a respected sport into a circus sideshow act, all for the almighty buck.
I would much rather put down my money in a house that looks less pretty, but respects the SPORT of bowling. What a joke !!!

Comment Date: 1/20/2010 Name: Up coming Event…..
Band to appear: KICK, Brian Jarvis, and LICK
Attention music fans!
Join us at Spare Time Vernon this March 20th for a fun filled night of
bowling, bands, and drink specials.
Three bands will be performing on our stage while you bowl next to them. Tickets are available now and must be purchased in advance by calling Sparetime in Vernon. Bowling, shoes, and music will all be included at the $20.00 ticket price per person All lanes will be subject to maximum booking, which is up to eight people on a lane,
so bring your friends!
Tickets will be available the night of the concert for $30.00 per person,
but we recommend
purchasing them ahead of time to due the low quantity available.
Bowling will be limited to the first 200 ticket buyers.
Unfortunately, no one under the age of eighteen will be permitted
Call SpareTime Vernon at 860-875-2583 for tickets.
This event is proudly brought to you by: Spare Time Vernon, Brian Pennington of Kick, and Joe Lee…..

Comment Date: 1/17/2010 Name: GMCO
I’ve bowled there, never a problem, so far. A bit pricey in my opinion. I paid nearly $3.00 for a 10 ounce Gatorade…. or was it 8 ounces? I like Rockville’s Vintage Lanes better. Bowling on real wood lanes is the best. The owner and staff are very helpful and the prices are very reasonable. Stop by and check RVL’s out. You won’t be disappointed.

Comment Date: 10/16/2009 Name: shoop
yea vernon lanes can do anything

Comment Date: 5/30/2009 Name: G
Need a ball plugged and drilled. Is this a good place to have it done.

Comment Date: 11/8/2008 Name: BALLING BOLER
vernon lane (spare time) is one of the best places to go

Comment Date: 11/8/2008 Name: extreme bowling customer
I used to go to extreme bowling on fri and sat night just about every weekend when it was called “Vernon Lanes”. Since it’s become “Spare Time” it’s gone downhill in my opinion. I still go sometimes because it’s very close. The place is decent but certain things that were changed over annoy me. Prices have gone up.. not good. I have experienced rude employees there, but that was awhile back and haven’t really seen it since. The music selection blows because the DJ plays mostly hip hop. The extreme bowling hours used to 10 to 2 for something less than 15 bucks. Now they charge more, start later, and end earlier. Also fri and sat hours are different so everytime I want to go I gotta call because I can never remember what they are. Anyways I still go cause it’s very close… just miss the old days I guess. On a positive note the lanes themselves are exellent and the place is very clean. The food is pretty good too if you get hungry. I think I only ever got chicken strips though.

Comment Date: 9/7/2008 Name: Bowlingmaster
Wow some peope are really snippy on here eh?
Right now they seem to be running a couple of specials. On Friday and Saturday between the hours of 5-8pm, up to 6 people can bowl on one lane for $40, shoes incl. This also includes a pitcher of soda and a pizza.
On Thursdays from 9-close, you can bowl all you want, shoes included and free pizza for $12.
If I remember correctly bowling any other time is $4.25/game and $3 shoe rental. Which is a bit steep in my opinion. I have been to other alleys where it was $3/game and $2 for shoe rental.
The screen graphics were pretty disappointing. A lot of the balls are chipped and scuffed. The staff was borderline rude. But hey I guess everything is going downhill these days.

Comment Date: 8/11/2008 Name: continuous go-er
i have had many parties there…from when it was vernon lanes to even now as spare times. its a great atmosphere, and so much cheaper than the movies. its a great place for me and my other friends to hang out for cheap prices, have fun, eat, and either enjoy or learn how to bowl. its a got a great atmosphere. we all love going there. those who complain about slippery lanes? look at the bigger picture of the place. i recommended people of any age to go there

Comment Date: 5/22/2008 Name: bill johnson
hey corey,,,who cares?so you can get your own food..whats your point?

Comment Date: 4/20/2008 Name: Corey- Patron
I am a sporadic patron at Spare Time for the past few years. I have found that there were problems when the place was under construction and when the computer systems had errors, however common sense would dictate that nothing ever goes according to plan. As for a pro shop on site, when I was younger and bowled in leagues, I found that the pro shop in Vernon Lanes at the time was deplorable, service was terrible, and they screwed up drilling one of my bowling balls, which I had to have it plugged up and redrilled. So those who complain about the lack of a pro-shop, get over it, I know of a few places to go. As for the Arcade and family bowling, guess what, that’s how it is. I don’t mean to be rude, but most of you clearly do not understand business and economics. Arcades make so much money off of little kids, and creating a family atmosphere is the current money making business motto. Leagues are not the be at all end all for bowling ally’s. I’ve been there on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, I do the math in my head, the ally does very well for itself consider 32 lanes multiplied by an average of 3 people per lane (low balling the average), 64 people, it is $1,632 for just the special nights. Clearly they know how to make money, and they are there to stay for awhile so long as they can pull in $5,000 for Thrusday-Saturday with their specials per week. As for the people who work there? Much friendlier than other places. There are many times they could have given me a hard time for switching lanes or moving around a few times, and being a pain in the a** customer, but they didn’t. So I have to give them props all around, only complaint is lack of waitress’s to bring you food, but hey, I can get my own food.

Comment Date: 3/19/2008 Name: bowl today
hey casey,did you forget how to use the telephone.i mean,its real tough to punch in 7 numbers.(real hard)

Comment Date: 3/19/2008 Name: looking for info
Hi i was wondering if anyone knows the specials for spare time?

Comment Date: 3/13/2008 Name: casey shoop
hey i am just wondering if anyone could tell me when night bowling starts and some of the details

Comment Date: 2/2/2008 Name: neba bowler.
if you want prices for certain items,call the bowling center,875-2583.if you got on this site,you can pick up the phone and call yourself.did you forget how to use the phone???beaver??

Comment Date: 1/21/2008 Name: beaver
how much do the shoes cost

Comment Date: 12/27/2007 Name: Semi-satisfied Bowler
Vernon Lanes (Spare Time) definitely has nice lanes as far as I’m concerned. If anybody at Spare Time reads this, the only thing I found annoying was your policy for all night bowling at a set price. I believe it was 17 bucks for bowling all night on a Friday or Saturday maybe, and that’s a good idea, but you should have half the lanes open for other bowlers. I came to play one or two games with my girlfriend, and there were at least 25 lanes open, but we still weren’t allowed to bowl.

Comment Date: 11/28/2007 Name: ex-vernon lanes employee
to paul who says,the lanes aren’t done on the weekends,better get the facts straight.i worked at vernon for a couple years,and the lanes were done on the weekends,(how)?they were done first thing in the morning.due to open play,trying to strip/oil 32 lanes during the day,was impossible.the only time they were done,other thanfor leagues,was for tournaments.if you talked to the head mechanic during the day,he’ll tell you the same thing.if you think it’s easy to clear lanes of open play just to oil lanes,you better get your head examined!!!!!

Comment Date: 8/28/2007 Name: Paul Doucette jr
alright first off the lanes are never oiled on the weekends at night. second they didnt remove the pro shop they still have it and the pro shop guy: dave is only there a few days of the week in the morning. hes mostly at silverlanes pro shop. overall vernon is an easy house and its not so bad just change your shot and whatnot, if you cant find a good mark then stop bowling and stop bitching.

Comment Date: 8/13/2007 Name: Gay Bowler
Eric F, sorry to bust your bubble, but you got that wrong. Gay guys know colors, and rarely do you see one that is not color coordinated. Straight guys on the other hand… So don’t start blaming gay people for your shortcomings
This place isn’t bad really. The only problem I do have are that the lanes can be inconsistent at times from week to week. One week they can be wickedly oiled, the next very dry.

Comment Date: 8/5/2007 Name: Davis
REPEAT!! Welcome to the NEW ERA for bowling centers!! Competitive bowling went down the tubes years ago. Open play is “The Way to Go!” Most centers cater to kids, drunks and rowdies now. That’s where the $$$ are made.

Comment Date: 7/30/2007 Name: LEAGUE bowler…remember us?
Improvements were needed and the looks are good. What have the leagues done to get treated like crap!!! Weren’t leagues the “guaranteed” income and goal for some open bowlers? I like open, galaxy bowl, and the like but I like bowling in my league for fun. I think the house should turn up the game room noise so we can only hear that,…wait they have done that. Maybe we should put open bowlers right next to the league bowlers instead of lane courtesy (wait courtesy is not a word in bowling anymore)…Lets not clean the lanes or set tee area before leagues so that the league bowlers stick an dfall or get hurt and totally thrown off theri game before throwing the 1st practice ball (wait that is already done)…. Maybe we should not care about leagues because we can get more open bowlers in and charge then more money than the league bowlers who needs leagues?…boy spare time s*cks apparently as I have heard New England Bowl s*cks….

Comment Date: 7/17/2007 Name: Davis
Welcome to the “NEW” era of bowling centers. Bowling has become as recreational as a Chuckie Cheese place.

Comment Date: 7/7/2007 Name: Eric F
It seems that they are adding weird colors to all their centers. Could it be that Bowl New Englands interior designer is gay?

Comment Date: 6/15/2007 Name: long time vernon bowler
I have to admit, I was upset when they changed Vernon Lanes to Spare Time. I still love to bowl there, but from the road it looks like they are trying to attract gay people with those rainbow colors on the outside of the building, and the inside is too flamboyant too. I used to bowl in a league when it was called Vernon Lanes and I loved the setup. There were many seats actually down on the lane where bowling shoes were permitted only. Now I see people walk with their regular shoes on the lanes and I know it’s not good for the lanes and can affect someone’s approach while bowling. The bar and gameroom areas are very nice though, and I haven’t tried any food there, prolly never will cuz I’m there to bowl not eat. Overall it’s still a great time, I guess I just miss the good ole days of bowling in leagues with my friends when we were kids. I’m not a fan of it being called “Spare Time” or the use of colors on and in the building though.

Comment Date: 4/20/2007 Name: STV Employee
I have some sad news…Mike is leaving us at the end of April. We have no idea who he is being replaced by. All I know is that I’m very sad to see him go. He was MUCH better than Patti. He was always there when you needed him, whether it was work-related or not. I think he was the best GM I’ve ever had, and I’m very sad to see him go. Anyways, to Serenity’s dad, I’m glad you appreciate and understand how hard we really do work. We do our very best to satisfy customers. And to “Anonymous”, I do not believe that you were turned away because we ran out of shoes. We have plenty of shoes, but probably didn’t have them in the exact right size for you, and/or you refused to wear a pair that did not fit perfect. I have never seen the place run out of shoes, even when we are completely jam-packed with people. Highly doubtful that we ran out of shoes. And finally, to the “Anti-Bowler”, I will very much shout from the rooftops that I AM an employee at STV. I enjoy working there. All my friends work there, and we’re more like a family than just workers. I am NOT embarrassed to say I work there. It’s a job. I am there while I go to school and get an education. And you know what else? We do give great service, ask anyone. And if you think we’re rude to you, think twice, because you were probably rude to us, and took what we said the wrong way. Think about it.

Comment Date: 4/9/2007 Name: Anonymous
I attempted to go bowling this weekend and was turned away because they ran out of bowling shoes. What kind of bowling alley runs out of shoes? I guess this place really does s*ck.

Comment Date: 4/7/2007 Name: Serenitys Dad
I read alot of these comments before going today. I siad…hummm. Here is my take. My daughter Serenity and I attended a Birthday party there for someone she goes to school with (Gina). I thought STV bowling establishment was pretty nice overall. Very clean and the people working there were very nice, very friendly. The pizza was nothing to rave about, but everything else was great I thought, and all of those who attended felt the same way that I talked with. To all the critics, cut these guys some slack. Bowling Lanes, roller skating (Roll-A-Rana), and Drive-in theaters (Mansfield, CT) have a tuff job now, its not like it was years ago, a huge past time..-I think they are all doing a damn good job to keep it hats off to all these folks.Lets give credit where credit is due..Mike G. from Vernon

Comment Date: 3/29/2007 Name: A Concerned Patron (10/6/2005) – John
This is directed to Joe who posted on 2/21/2007… As I read your comments, I hope you can see that my post was back in October of 2005…OVER 2 years ago. Yes, 2 years ago. As of that post that I made, things have gotten a lot better. They removed the GM (Patty) that was there originally when the renevations were being completed and replaced her with Mike. He�s done a super job getting the place in shape and such. Their current staff does an incredible job with the leagues and to all patrons of the place. Things have changed for the better since Mike has joined the staff. If you know me, you know I�m not rude at all. Patty pushed our league into some unfavorable situations with our �signed contract� the year before Bowl New England got there, thus when she pushed me, I pushed back. I protected my league and the members of the league from an unfair �new contract� she wanted us to sign. Once we established our �boundaries�, Patty was easier to work with even though on occasions, she did not care about us. Thus, you are quick to judge someone that you probably don�t even know.
And yes, I have seen too many people trip on the two small steps. Even I have and I don�t drink while I bowl (wanted to make this comment so you don�t �assume� anything). Over the 2 years, we are getting use to it, but, it�s still a hazard. The consideration of the tables… Yes, I might have over estimated the 5 to 10 feet, but they could have moved those tables closest to the lanes back maybe 3 feet without affecting anything thing else in the place, and allow more room for the bowler on the lane and not interfering with anything else. And as to your last comment, yes, I bowl at Vernon Lanes, and as a patron, I am important to them. My family does use the food service, bar and open bowling play. My kids do use the arcade and spend cash in enjoyment.
And your last comment makes absolutely no sense… �pushing people around like you are�… who have I pushed based on my comments? I had made reasonable comments back in 2005 when the place was re-decorated. IMO, some very valid comments. The staff now is very well organized, polite and more than willing to help out. They have come a long way to make the experience there very pleasurable.

Comment Date: 3/14/2007 Name: a bowling alley employee
“Comment Date: 2/8/2007 Name: Anti Bowler
Hey, if you work at a bowling alley i wouldn’t tell to many people. And if you think your service is great. Im glad your not a Doctor because you would give a perscription for contact lenses to a blind person.”
while i dont work at ST:V but at another center in the area, i still do take offense to that comment. if you think working in one is easy try it sometime, especially when its busy and you have to run your rear off to get stuff cleaned for the next group, or better yet you could try the job i have of being a mechanic.

Comment Date: 2/21/2007 Name: Joe
Another comment to the concerned patron who posted in october. If anything, the people that work there are almost waiting on the leagues hand and foot. If anyone was rude to you, or any other league members, it’s more than likely because you started it. I’ve been there and seen the leagues, no where else are the majority of the leauges so incredibly rude, over absolutely nothing! You say you’re waiting for someone to trip and hurt themselves on the steps leading to the lane….it’s TWO very small steps, maybe 3 to 4 inch depth. As for the tables that you say should be moved 5 to 10 feet back. Yes good suggestion, don’t take into consideration that the 5 to 10 feet you would need to move back would cut into walkway for people to get into their lanes. You bowl at Vernon Lanes, you’re not that important, so stop trying to push people around like you are.

Comment Date: 2/21/2007 Name: Joe
To the person who complained about their experience with Vernon Lanes and how their daughter was embarassed. From the looks of your spelling and horrible sentence structure, I think that you’re the last person in any kind of a postion to call ANYONE dumb. Futhermore, if you really did wait that long to get the party going, why didn’t you take the initiative to talk to someone. It’s okay though, sitting on the sidelines doing nothing and then complaining online is a much more adult thing to do.

Comment Date: 2/8/2007 Name: Anti Bowler
Hey, if you work at a bowling alley i wouldn’t tell to many people. And if you think your service is great. Im glad your not a Doctor because you would give a perscription for contact lenses to a blind person.

Comment Date: 2/5/2007 Name: Anonymous
I am an employee at Vernon Lanes, now called Spare Time Vernon. I’ve worked there for over a year, and have come to know most of the regular customers there. I started working there right after they completed all the renovations, so I have no idea what the place looked like beforehand. What I don’t appreciate, is the fact that people get so upset about having a wait time to get a lane, and then moan and complain when they can’t use their free game coupons, when it clearly states on the coupon that the time you’re trying to use it for, we don’t take it. I also get many complaints on how expensive the bowling is. It is $4.25 per person per game. There’s a reason why it’s kind of expensive like that. We have automatic scoring, we try our hardest to keep the place clean and up to working condition for our customers. You have no idea how hard our head mechanic works to keep the place clean and doing general maintenance. I have no idea who was so rude to you at the front desk ma’am, but I know every employee who would and does work at the front desk, and none of them are rude. And for the fact that your party started late, I’m very sorry. Our party hostesses only have half an hour between parties to clean up and set up for the next party. I’m very sorry if you were disgruntled with our performance that day, but when fall and winter seasons come, we’re extremely busy. I do hope you come back again. And, if you have had the time to read this, thank you. Any questions for me? I’ll be glad to answer them. 🙂

Comment Date: 1/28/2007 Name: George
Celebrated our duaghter’s 6th birthday at Spare Time Lanes in Vernon. Had a blast! From the moment we walked in my wife & I were surprised of how nice it looked. The lights, colors and cleanliness stood out. Nice! It was wonderfull to have room at the tables in front of the lanes. The automated scoring and programmed screens were a super bonus. Our party was assigned an attendent who did a fantastic job taking care of our needs from bringing our rental shoes, food/drinks to birthday cake. We are looking forward to comimg back. Nice job guys. Thank you.

Comment Date: 11/7/2006 Name: mitch
Should have your daughter spell for you. Kind of a double-standard when you accuse the Manager as being dumb!

Comment Date: 11/4/2006 Name: Birthday Parent lisa
We had a party for our daughter on saturday,well it was the worst experance i ever had.First the girl at the desk was rude.Second they where not ready for us party at 1pm we received our lanes at 1:45pm.Third pizza at the party was cold and looked like it was made in advance and held for us.Fourth manager dumd as nails.And finaly when we where done no apology from the ally staff and we paid full price for a lame party,Thanks Vernon Lanes for makeing my daughter look stupid in front of her friends!!!!!!!!

Comment Date: 5/9/2006 Name: jim
its nice to have a pro shop, but it never open. they do not have a drill press or even a ball spinner for that matter. I went to get a ball dulled up for league and couldnt because they only can fit the balls and not drill or resurface them. The kid that works during our league on tuesday brings his girlfriend to the pro shop and pays more attention to her than to us bowlers. They dont even have a register in there, what a scam they are running. Please BNE get Andy Foley back in their, you will gain more business than with the current pro shop. Do what is right for us league bowlers and please meet our concerns. I would recommend Litchco’s precision pro shop to all who bowl at vernon and want to get bowling equipment. I went and got help with picking out a ball from Mike. I raised my average 5 pins in 4 weeks so i am ecstatic. Its a drive for us who live around vernon but it will be well worth it. Least Litchco’s is open 12-8 mon-fri and 9-3 on sat where as our shop at vernon is open for 2 hours a day. They dont bring their wives and girlfriends to work so they are always available to help you. Just wanted to express how i feel and i am sure there are more who feel the same. Do what’s right and get us a real pro shop in vernon like we used to have or you will be losing alot of business and with all the renovations i do not think you can afford it.

Comment Date: 3/16/2006 Name: lock
nice to see we have a proshop finally

Comment Date: 1/15/2006 Name: league bowler
Vernon is now much better than Bradley Bowl. The customer service in Vernon is outstanding. Not like Bradley where everyone is worried about themselves.

Comment Date: 11/8/2005 Name: Uncrew
Great comments, but very few hold truth. The bowling industry has come under a fine tooth comb as of late. With a decrease in league membership, many centers must find a way to stay atop, this means many have to turn to alternative revenues of profit, video games, extreme bowling, and catering to anyone who will generate revenue. Laides and Gents, understand that I know how much one loves their bowling centers, a family hang out if one may, but as much as you would love Lake Compounce, without promoting attractions to new youth, those who will bring back bowling to America, some of you may be upset.
As far as pro shop goes, if a pro shop is run correctly, yes, profit can be earned, but 87% of your pro shops are run incorrectly. This is why BNE operates many of their own pro shops. In some cases, it’s not a profit maker, so an arcade may be placed in, but for a Shop like Litchos, where Michael has the amazing ability to work a shop, these shops will remain to stay open. Its not how much the bowler wants the shop, it’s how much the shop wants the bowler, in some cases it’s few.

Comment Date: 11/3/2005 Name: Game guy(no relation to their operator)
Apparently you have you head up your ___. Game rooms when done correctly can generate 10’s of thousands of dollars in revenue for a bowling center. The league bowlers think the bowling center world revolves around you. These centers need to generate money 365 days a year. As a bowler you don’t bowl every day. Think about it. Its not just about you. It’s about the bowling experience.

Comment Date: 10/13/2005 Name: Is the circus in town?
Sorry TRACY, you are in the minority.

Comment Date: 10/13/2005 Name: Another (of many) concerned league bowler
$$$$. . .what’s new? it’s always about the mighty $$$$! Why else would the pro shop and the lockers be removed? 100 lockers @ $20 = $2000 per year, while $20 per day in video games = $7300 per year.
So why did Bowl New England purchase Vernon Lanes and Bradley Bowl anyway? My guess is that because these are (were) the premier lanes in the Hartford area, which have been making good money. What they failed to consider is why these businesses have been profitable. . . because a lot of different types of people enjoy bowling. If kids, teens, ladies, men, seniors, all enjoy bowling, why does management only seem to be catering to youngsters?
Last season I was impressed that management asked league bowlers to fill out a survey asking for there ideas on how to improve the center. After seeing what has been done with the place, leads me to wonder if the responses were even read. What better way to be successful than by finding where there is a need and satisfying that need.
League bowlers always have been and always will be the backbone of any successful bowling center. Many league bowlers have been in the same league for 10 or 20 years for good reason. If you take away the lockers, the pro shop, their favorite bartender, their favorite “adult beverage”, the bar pool tables, the bar music, hire teenagers at minimum wage, and raise prices, what do you get???

Comment Date: 10/6/2005 Name: A Concerned Patron
This bowling center has gone downhill fast in less than a year. I have no problems with the lane conditions, but with everything else.
First, each league is treated differently… There is “waitress service” to only specific leagues and some leagues do not get the same service. Second…they do not cater to their league bowlers at all. There are no lockers at all for the people who bowl in this house only and would like to keep their equipment in lockers instead of lugging around all the time. Third…no pro shop. Thus, to get equipment fixed and to buy new equipment, you can’t. Fourth…what the heck is the arcade area, why so big and is just a big rip-off. They could have used some of the area for a pro shop.
Food is not that bad. But, we are talking about a bowling establishment. This is definitely not an establishment that promotes bowling.
Their manager is not customer focused at all. Leagues will probably move to another establishment to get better service.
And who designed the place? The seating around the bowling area is very poorly designed. The table that is closest to the lanes is just too close and should have been moved back at least another 5 to 10 feet to get more room for the bowler…and the step down? I’m just waiting for someone to get hurt falling down the stairs. As to refreshments, I have seen too many spills on the close table that affect the bowling surface and cause problems with bowlers falling while bowling because of stepping in liquid that falls on the floor.
And to get the machines repaired or get someone to retrieve a ball, where is there a way to call the desk and why does it take too long to get something done (as to retrieving a ball that is stuck, or setting up pins that were knocked down that need to be reset in league play)?
I will close by saying that there better be a concern by someone at [Vernon Lanes] staff to look into why league bowlers are being ignored and treated poorly. These leagues help you survive in the business, lose your league play, lose your business.

Comment Date: 9/21/2005 Name: Susan
It’s funny when a company comes under the gun and tells the customer not to come back if not happy. A quick lesson in buisness: If this was my business I would take every comment anyone gave me and would turn it around. Become proactive Listen and learn then take the steps needed to fix the problems your having. The biggest companies out there don’t sit back and do nothing, and they don’t tell the customer to not come back if unhappy. This is the biggest mistake you can make.

Comment Date: 9/14/2005 Name: TRACY
There is nothing wrong with Vernon lanes and all the rumors state here are completely false. The renovations are almost completely done and it’s starting to look fantastic. If you all have such problems with this particular “center” then bowl elsewhere. They wouldn’t want your business anyway! It’s people who make up stories and complain about everything that aren’t needed. How would you feel if everyone came into YOUR job and complained about every little thing. And made rumors that you’re sleeping with your boss and your co workers JUST because.
You don’t like Vernon Lanes take your business elsewhere.

Comment Date: 9/10/2005 Name: Anonymous
I heard that the main BNE pro shop is at Bradley. It is the only BNE center with a full service shop.

Comment Date: 9/10/2005 Name: me
Vernon can rank as one of the last bowling centers I want to visit. The help at the desk is ridiculous. You go to a bowling alley to have fun and not to have a bad time which you have once you talk to the front desk people. All they seem to care about is what time it is and how much longer they have until they punch out and get the heck out of there. To make the place better but you need a pro shop to help bowlers. Litchco’s Precision Pro Shop in Bradley is the best one around. They are not going to be leaving Bradley anytime soon, but people who bowl at Vernon might not want to travel to get a ball drilled. It’s just the fact of having a pro shop in your center will benefit the center because the bowlers will be happy.

Comment Date: 8/31/2005 Name: Phil MCcrakin
If you want to play in the dirt come to Vernon.

Comment Date: 8/17/2005 Name: Eric F.
The proshop didn’t move to Bradley, the proshop was kicked out of Vernon. And soon the proshop will be kicked out of Bradley.

Comment Date: 8/9/2005 Name: Anonymous
Their pro shop moved to Bradley Bowl after Bowl New England bought it.

Comment Date: 7/18/2005 Name: Jason B.
I was in the bowling center the other day when I asked the manager if she does discounts for children with disabilites. She said there will be no discounts because of the construction going on. She made the comment that she “needs to make the money back lost during construction”. This place should be avoided by all. A business who doesn’t want to help children should not be in business at all.

Comment Date: 5/27/2005 Name: Dr Funk
Why did they remove their proshop?
I guess that just shows that bowling centers are only family fun centers and no longer bowling centers.

Comment Date: 5/3/2005 Name: Anonymous
Bowl New England messed this place up. Check out their web site you can see how much they stink. Web site as bad as the center….

Comment Date: 4/28/2005 Name: lilly
The biggest problem is the District manager is dating the center manager in Vernon. So she gets away with anything she does.

Comment Date: 4/13/2005 Name: hook shot
Say goodby to another league, Center manager she is the worst thing anyone could hire. Snack shack, well eat before you come in. Lanes not oiled on sunday?????

Comment Date: 2/12/2005 Name: Concerned Patron
Ever since Bowl New England has taken over this place is going downhill. Everyone who my family and I became friends with has either left or been “released”. The manager is horrible, the lane conditions are very inconsistant, the snack bar is crap now, the vending machines are either broken or out of food/drink. Leagues are leaving at an alarming rate, overall service s*cks. And sadly no one gives a damn. BNE wants nothing to do with leagues or tournaments, both of which are the core bowlers of any bowling center. The people running this place don’t have the qualifications to even work for McDonalds.

Comment Date: 2/12/2005 Name: Anonymous
Snack bar has poor food, particularly the pizza but what is most disheartening is the poor customer service…poor communication of league starts, both jr. and adult,…always feel like employees don’t want to be bothered if there are constructive suggestions to making experience better…but it’s a clean, bright alley that’s only game in town..having monopoly makes center unafraid of loss of customers.

Comment Date: 1/30/2005 Name: Jordan
Bad lane condition, very slippery, good atmosphere.

Comment Date: 5/18/2004 Name: Joe Parker
Poor lane conditions.
Poor approaches sticky at best.
Lanes did not pass ABC inspection.
Drunk sets the shot for the house.

Comment Date: 4/9/2004 Name: mike
Are your lanes open to public on Fridays?

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Food: Actual Value is 1.9Actual Value is 1.9
Price: Actual Value is 1.5Actual Value is 1.5
Fun: Actual Value is 2.2Actual Value is 2.2Actual Value is 2.2
Overall: Actual Value is 2.1Actual Value is 2.1Actual Value is 2.1
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AMF Rip Van Winkle Lanes Comments
Comment Date: 4/27/2011 Name: doug
I bowl in a league there now. The place needs alot of work. The foul lights don’t work. You need to wear a sock over your shoe because you can not slide. Alot of people are already leaving and the leagues are getting smaller. I have bowled there 3 years and I am leaving for a big league at Nutmeg Bowl.

Comment Date: 1/8/2011 Name: RVW League Bowler
Rip has the benefit of location. For a league bowler, it’s either that or put up with traffic on the way to Nutmeg or the zanies over at White Plains. But this house caters to the league bowler the LEAST of any house I have ever seen. And the pretty much admit it. They will think nothing of having a birthday party on a lane where a league will be using the same lanes 30 minutes later without cleaning it up. The GM Miguel is pretty much a blowhard who talks a big game but produces little.

Comment Date: 10/6/2010 Name: Mike (UK)
this could be my local soon as almost certainly moving there with my better half and i thought website was ok but if you people want to moan about dry lanes come to UK and bowl at kettering then u’ll know dry lanes

Comment Date: 1/6/2010 Name: Former customer
Was told the wait was 30-40 min. Left and came back 25 min. later. Was told my name was called (17 min.) and I would have to be placed on the bottom of a very long list. Condescending, rude and arrogant employees.

Comment Date: 7/31/2009 Name: kathy
i bowl on monday reat deal $1.28 per game 9-cl
drinks and food where great and the music kept the fun going nice crowd bowling

Comment Date: 7/31/2009 Name: Anonymous
great place clean fun

Comment Date: 7/31/2009 Name: Sabina
had great time,place was clean and employee’s where helpful in setting us up on the lanes.
just booked a birthday party

Comment Date: 7/31/2009 Name: John m
this center has been one of the most improve bowling alleys in ct. i walk in to bowl for the first time this summer and i saw they just lay down new rugs and tile’s. the place was pack on a tuesday afternoon with kids and family and it was sunny out. music was playing they seen to be having fun.the staff was great and the mamagers where out on the lanes giving free game passes and lesson to the small kids had fun will come back more offen

Comment Date: 2/1/2009 Name: k
the lanes are terible, the prices are expensive, that place needs to go out of business!

Comment Date: 5/19/2008 Name: fugetaboutit
It’s an AMF center…it’s destiny is to close down in the near future..just like the 30+ centers they closed down the past 2 months nationwide.

Comment Date: 5/12/2008 Name: Anonymous
The pro shop stinks!!!! They are never there and when the fat guy who owns it drill balls, they are garbage.

Comment Date: 4/17/2008 Name: Little Debbie
The center is one of the best i bowl in the past year’s the staff is great and manager was outstanding. will come back

Comment Date: 3/17/2007 Name: Concerned Cheryl
I had a GREAT time, the lanes were lopsided, my shoes were 2 different sizes and there was gum in my ball!! haha great time… Tom and Christine are soo rude… this is the last time i’m taking mushrooms and coming to your alley….

Comment Date: 11/15/2006 Name: randy
Prices too high….going elsewhere. Typical amf operation.

Comment Date: 8/12/2006 Name: Stephen
I bowl everywhere and this is a decent house. Food is not bad. Price is no more than anyone else. Join a league and you will get 1/2 price at all AMF lanes. If you want oil bowl Mon – Thurs.

Comment Date: 4/8/2006 Name: The Brooklyn Kid
Rip Van Winkle s*cks the big one……they should close there doors and move….

Comment Date: 3/29/2006 Name: Jesse
I bowled at this center twice…being that I’m a PBA member, I can normally practice for $1 a game at some centers…but here…$4.75 a game…that’s insane! How can you possibly charge that much for a single game? What a joke…the center itself is nice though.

Comment Date: 3/2/2006 Name: chica
they really need to lower their prices.

Comment Date: 1/13/2006 Name: La la girl
The staff there are extremely rude and should not work with the public. You always have to wait for a hour or more to get a lane and their prices are crazy!! I used to go there every weekend but I think I went once last year. That’s how horrible it is!!

Comment Date: 12/29/2005 Name: Daisy Dukes
Well I have been bowling there for eight years now and the league it self went up very high after renovations. They making us pay for the cost of their new bowling alley. Now I bowl at Nutmeg where the shoes are free because I am in a league there. I do have my own shoes. 20% of party’s. Rip van Wrinkle are too over priced.

Comment Date: 12/6/2005 Name: the dude
Great place to roll man! The caucasians are stiff and the competition is above par!

Comment Date: 12/3/2005 Name: brendan
They should answer their phone.

Comment Date: 11/19/2005 Name: Jerry
The lanes are always tied up and the manager is awful, he has no idea what is going on, the place is losing money. The only good thing is the bar, that serves stiff drinks. Besides that there is not much good to say about this place.

Comment Date: 10/27/2005 Name: Sandy Figgus
Rip Van Winkle Rocks! I just LOVE THIS PLACE!
If I could, I’d be here every single night!
I love Tommy and Christine! They are super nice, super helpful and good looking kids!
You need that kind of charm at a recreation place!
Keep up the good work Tommy and Christine!
The others are okay too, those two just stand out. They work evenings, that’s when I come in.

Comment Date: 10/8/2005 Name: Concerned Citizen
The manager is not very nice, condesending and rude. They over charge and under promise.

Comment Date: 10/3/2005 Name: luke
The best there is!

Comment Date: 6/20/2005 Name: Nick
This place is good. But the website is really bad. I think that with the website no one will ever go there. If you know the place you know it’s really fun, but if you don’t and check the web it’s a 99% chance that you will not go.

Comment Date: 5/12/2005 Name: Former glorified pinchaser
The lanes are dry and price too high. See, nothing ever changes.

Comment Date: 8/5/2004 Name: Brendon
This place is the coolest!!

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Blue Fox Rock & Bowl

Blue Fox Rock & Bowl

  Name: Blue Fox Rock & Bowl  
  Address: 1603 Hopmeadow Street  
  City: Simsbury  
  State: CT  
  Zip: 06070  
  Phone: (860) 658-4479  
  Hours: Sun – Thurs 10am to 10pm Fri & Sat 10am – mid.  
  Lanes: 16  
  Lane Type: Wood  
  Pro Shop: Yes  
  Food: None  
  Comments: 16 lanes of bowling – snack bar – full service bar – pro shop and now LASER TAG the lastest technology of laser tag around  
How Does Blue Fox Rock & Bowl Rate?
Votes:    213
Lanes: Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3
Food: Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3
Price: Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3
Fun: Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3
Overall: Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3
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Blue Fox Rock & Bowl Comments
Comment Date: 5/7/2011 Name: chris jones=a joke
Laurel Lanes 4.25 a game after 6 p.m. 3 for shoes. I feel bad chargeing that much for a game. How wuld i feel at 7 a game? And we oil at least once a day excluding saturdays sooo….. Whats the issue here?

Comment Date: 3/16/2011 Name: Anonymous
Went here the other night, I’m used to playing on wet lanes so imagine my surprise when my ball hooked into the gutter halfway to the pins no matter how far over I put it. Figured whatever I just won’t bowl here, but then when I went to pay the lady at the front asked why I only bowled one game. I explained to her the situation but she insisted that their lanes were not dry, and wouldn’t give up on it. And if your gonna say it has to do with the price, the place I habitually bowled before moving had games ranging from $1 to $3.50 depending on the time, and their lanes were always flawless.

Comment Date: 4/18/2010 Name: Youngest bowlers
We bowled with a group of toddlers and had a wonderful experience. The staff was terrific and very supportive of our little one’s. We are glad it is in our neighborhood and will be back. We are looking forward to miniature golf too!

Comment Date: 6/24/2009 Name: Customer
We went there the other day and found out they have specials too. For $9.95 per person we got to bowl a game shoes included, got a round of mini golf and a soft serve ice cream cone. Not a bad deal.

Comment Date: 6/8/2009 Name: Anonymous
Everyone on here is complaining about cost per game.
We used to also, until we found out Superbowl lanes in Plantsville has $.99 games from Sunday until Friday @6pm

Comment Date: 3/21/2009 Name: chris jones
for all you people that were used to puia running the joint,,let me tell,time to grow up..if they liked owning the center,they wouldnt have sold it.especially the clown that says stop running the foleys place into the ground..look @ the other posts on this site…youd swear they thought it was the end of the world…

Comment Date: 3/20/2009 Name: chris jones
foleys,smoleys…who cares..get a life.1ts you people complain who own/run the place what do you expect..

Comment Date: 3/18/2009 Name: Anonymous
Hey Chris….Instead of telling all of us to go out and buy / build our own bowling alley, why don’t you do the same and stop running the Foley’s establishment into the ground!!!

Comment Date: 3/15/2009 Name: chris jones..
you jokers should be grateful,amf didnt buy the center..amf does have 24 lane houses around the country,,in good areas & bad..remeber,if you can a bowling center yourself,,get a loan from the bank,get yourselves some land,& build/run it yourselves.charge whatever you want & we’ll see how long you’ll stay in business….

Comment Date: 2/18/2009 Name: Anonymous
Apparently Chris was fired for all his bright ideas or what we are all saying is correct and he is afraid to admit it!!!

Comment Date: 2/11/2009 Name: Comment on what Bowling fan said
You are correct in saying it was better when ambrose puia owned it. I grew up there as a kid and spent many a night there bowling until 2 am for FREE! Amy was a great guy and would have given the shirt off his back to you.

Comment Date: 1/27/2009 Name: Simple Math
Increase the cost of bowling = decrease in the number of bowlers..decrease the cost of bowling = increase in the number of bowlers (and the chance that they will tell someone about the great deal they received at the local bowling alley). In addition, with the economy in shambles and people hording their discretionary income for more important things, the alley needs to do something to attract more people….not raise the prices!

Comment Date: 1/27/2009 Name: Common Sense
Chris you are probably right in that the lanes on Long Island charged $7 per game, however, seven dollars there is not seven dollars here. The average person in Long Island makes significantly more money then people around here do…you need to cater to the surrounding population. There are many more white collar people in Long Island and a lot more hard working blue collar people here in northern CT.

Comment Date: 1/27/2009 Name: Avid Reader
You gotta love the soccer mom comments…do they ever have anything bad to say? Don’t let their comments fool you. Those birthday parties are suppose to be extra income, not paying the bills. Getting / catering leagues to fill the house night in and night out pays the bills!

Comment Date: 1/27/2009 Name: ed’s other nephew
I haven’t bowled at simsbury for over 10 years and I thought about going back, but after seeing chris’ lack of respect on this website and for my relatives, I can only imagine the customer service that I would receive when I went there. I will continue to bowl at Bradley!

Comment Date: 1/27/2009 Name: Bowling Fan
Simsbury Lanes was a much better place when Amy owned it…atleast he treated you like a human being instead of a walking ATM.

Comment Date: 8/11/2008 Name: chris jones
for eds brother,just to let you know,i wouldnt waste the time of day & waste my money bowling a fool,that thinks he knows this & that.i know someone named rich majors.when vernon lanes & bradley bowl were sold to bne,he got a job,,where??? sports plus bowl.oh,by the way,when i seen him over the weekend,he showed me his pay stub,from,unless you know and seen the facts,keep bowling @ that dump center…& bud out

Comment Date: 8/6/2008 Name: ed’s nephew
well first i would like to call you out on the bowling center in new york, looked it up no such place unless they are that out dated and they dont have a website, so you never worked at a bowling alley before just to let you know. if you dont like what i say too bad just live with it that i called you out on it and if you want we can always bowl for money if you cant get over it.

Comment Date: 7/28/2008 Name: John Jones, Simsbury
I visited this place recentlyfor the first time in many years… IT is junk.. I can see why it hasn’t taken off.. Prices are high , for kids?
I guess the Foly’s are not making the $$ in health centers and or golf, so they are trying this,, unreal. Life is supposed to have some fun, bowling was one,, however, not here in Simsbury… Guess it is time to move out

Comment Date: 3/29/2008 Name: CHRIS JONES
Yes,Ed Long Island name of center is Sports Plus Bowling Center,yes its still open,as we speak.Its not the best house,but it still has business,for a 48 lane house.

Comment Date: 3/27/2008 Name: Ed Mele
$7 per game. You better have lane girls in bikinis delivering free beer for that price. Chris, Oiling the lanes once a day is reasonable. I don’t think Simsbury oiled them all week. As for your comment on them oiling the lanes just for me, as a customer I expect to get something for my money. I’m guessing you no longer work in the customer service business. If I felt bowling was a business to invest in, I would build a center myself. But as a customer of an establishment, whether it’s golf, bowling or just going out to eat, you expect to get some kind of satisfaction out of the product or service being purchased. If you did indeed work at a customer service oriented business, you could probably take some lessons on how to keep people coming back. What center did you work at that charged $7, is it still open?

Comment Date: 3/24/2008 Name: chris jones
hey ed,what do you expect??the center to oil a pair just for you???you’re crazy.$5 a game,is us a favor,get some people together,get a loan from the bank,and buy or build your own can do what you want to it.have i worked in a bowling center???YES.where i was,we charged almost $7 a game.we stripped and oiled them first thing in the am & they werent touched unless there was a tournament.thats how we did it.

Comment Date: 3/17/2008 Name: Ed Mele
Wow, brought my family here for a couple of games, 10 games total, $50 plus 4 pairs of shoes, $12. Tried to use my own ball, no oil, my ball would of hooked less in the parking lot. Pulled out a plastic, conventional grip, house ball and could swing it 20 boards to the gutter and have it hook across the head pin. Every lane was full and snack bar was closed. I remember why I stopped bowling there 10 years ago. I guess when they started catering to the kids and birthday parties it went down hill. $5.00 a game for what was going on in this house was absurd, owners should be embarrassed.

Comment Date: 3/21/2007 Name: Anonymous
the staff is wonderful, and although the lanes are a bit old and scruffy, they work them out to make it a great family time

Comment Date: 2/21/2007 Name: Mary Kate
This is a great bowling alley!! Fun for the whole family. The computer screen takes your scores down for you and you just have a wonderful time!

Comment Date: 2/21/2007 Name: huh?
Never even heard of this place!

Comment Date: 4/27/2006 Name: joe bowler
bowling center is coming along ok, but it is really time for new lanes!!! They have very old wood lanes that destroy good bowling equipment.

Comment Date: 2/19/2006 Name: Kellie and the kids!
We LOVED the rock n bowl and had a wonderful time!
Very well organized and super friendly staff ~ Thank you Cynthia for letting me in on the secret!
Bird cannot wait to take his little one! And all the WB’s were jealous!! We will be back for mini golf in no time!

Comment Date: 12/17/2005 Name: HA
Pro shop here is terrible, might as well get a ball drilled from Dick’s sporting goods, least their measurement will be a lot closer than this guy’s is.

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