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If bowling strikes you as an American past time, you may be surprised to learn that more than 100 million people in over 90 countries practice the sport. And did you know that bowling is ancient? Children’s graves of Egypt, dating back to 3200 BC, contain primitive bowling equipment. Before visiting a bowling center, brush up on these terms.

  • Approach – The approach is the stretch of lane from ball return area to foul line, usually 16 feet long. “Approach” can also mean the bowler’s beginning motion before the ball is swung forward.
  • Bowling Attire – Though mainly worn during professional tournaments, serious bowlers also like to wear bowling attire during open play. Satin jackets, striped short-sleeved collar shirts, grip gloves, nylon or leather ball bags, and of course bowling shoes fall into this category.
  • Cosmic Bowling – With cosmic bowling, the alley dims the lights, turns on smoke machines and black lights, and plays dance club music or rock ‘n’ roll classics. Sometimes, the alley will even hire a DJ. Cosmic bowling is a classic place to have a kid’s birthday party or a fun date.
  • Gutter – The gutter is the channel at either side of the lane that the ball falls into if it goes off course. A gutter ball yields no points.
  • Open Bowling – Non-tournament, non-league play is referred to as open bowling.
  • Perfect Game – A perfect game means that the bowler hit twelve strikes in a row, and the bowler receives a score of 300.
  • Spare – The next best thing to a strike, a spare is achieved when the bowler strikes down all ten pins with two balls.
  • Strike – A strike occurs when a bowler knocks down all ten pins with the first ball, often by angling the ball to hit at the center of the pins.
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    Lafayette Lanes Kangaroo Inc
    3313 Raeford Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28303
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    (910) 222-2695
     
    User Review: "Very outdated... No seating. The cleanness was average. The staff was nice but not enough. No electric bumpers for kids, no..."
    Countryside Bowling Lane
    1005 Masten Dr, Kernersville, NC 27284
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    (336) 993-5088
     
    User Review: "Very good envirment for kids and adults great pricing and wonderful service.Go steve"
    Triad Lanes
    21 Oak Branch Dr, Greensboro, NC 27407
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    (336) 292-0181
     
    User Review: "Thank you to all the staff who was pleasant to my entire "lesbian" family of 10. =) you guys are magnificent! is..."
    Sparetime Lanes and Lounge
    1434 East Main Street, Albemarle, NC 28001
    Family entertainment center featuring bowling, arcade games, cornhole, billiards and food. We are happy to handle all your kids' birthday party needs. Affordable prices for a great time.
    (704) 986-2695
    Amf Bowling Centers
    301 Nottingham Dr, Cary, NC 27511
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    (919) 467-2411
     
    User Review: "It is a great place to go bowling and have some fun."
    Albemarle Bowling Center
    603 S Hughes Blvd, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
    (252) 335-4213
    Boone Bowling Center
    261 Boone Heights Dr, Boone, NC 28607
    (828) 264-3166
    Country Club Lanes West
    3010 S Church St, Burlington, NC 27215
    (336) 524-9990
    Laurinburg Lanes Inc
    1509 Atkinson St, Laurinburg, NC 28352
    (910) 277-0449
    Mimosa Lanes Inc
    526 E Fleming Dr, Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 437-7044
    Pin Station
    525 W a St, Newton, NC 28658
    (828) 466-2695
    Buffaloe Lanes Cary Family Entertainment Centers
    151 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27511
    (919) 468-8684
    Bowling Center
    3250 N Church St, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
    (252) 446-7707
    Skyway Lanes
    1901 Skyway Dr, Monroe, NC 28110
    (704) 283-8851
    The Family Sports Center
    219 Nc Highway 42 N, Asheboro, NC 27203
    (336) 626-2695


    Bowling is a favorite past time for adults and children alike. Forms of the game date back centuries. Historically, the game of bowling was very popular, so much so that the game was outlawed to keep troops focused on archery practice. Today, the object of bowling in modern times is to roll a ball down a wooden alley or lane with the goal of knocking down a triangular group of ten pins. A ten pin knock down is referred to as a strike. Strikes and spares contribute to an excellent score. The bowling alley or center is host to a variety of events. For example families can take their children for a weekly game. Many bowling centers offer free bowling games for the kids. Cosmic bowling is also fun for a kid’s birthday party. Parents may want their children to use lighter weight balls so they don't get a gutter ball. Professional bowlers and bowling leagues frequent this establishment to participate in tournaments. Equipment associated with bowling includes bowling bags and shirts, shoes and jackets that can be monogrammed with a team name. Individuals can join bowling leagues with colleagues from social groups. The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) gives information on locations and dates and times of invitationals. They also offer information for playoff and championship games all over the country. If you’re bowling just for fun, visit your local bowling center, choose a lane and get rolling. However you choose to enjoy the game of knocking down ten pins, there are hours of fun and competition for all to enjoy.
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