In bowling, as in bird hunting, steady aim is vital and success is measured in turkeys. Set your scope on a perfect score with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one hour of bowling for four (up to a $16 value) including shoe rental (a $10 value), one pizza (an $8.50 value), and a pitcher of soda (a $5.50 value) at Crestwood Bowl in Crestwood.
Crestwood Bowl equips players with the artillery to pummel pins in heated competition with friends across 24 lanes. Bowl a ceaseless streak of strikes in a pair of rental shoes perfect for executing signature moonwalk tosses or attracting compliments from enamored onlookers at the alley's lounge and snack bar. Cool down with an icy pitcher of soda, then heat up again with a cheese, pepperoni, or meat lovers' pizza. During weekdays, the lanes stay open for standard play until midnight before August 16, and until 1 a.m. after that, facilitating exhilarating sessions of nocturnal pin pounding.
Crestwood Bowl's rates fluctuate throughout the week.
Since 1958, the clatter of pins has filled Crestwood Bowl, which was taken over in 1973 by Ray Bluth, one of the first PBA Hall of Fame inductees. Ray’s son, Mike, recalls fond memories of a childhood spent carousing amongst the lanes. In 1979, Mike started working at the alley, and continued to do so all throughout high school and college, before he became general manager. "Nothing much has changed," says Mike about the alley and the sport itself. The bowling alley still glistens pristinely, just as it did in the 1970s, with comfortable seating at each of the 24 lanes, which are set against a backdrop of planets and stars.
But that’s not to say that there haven’t been updates. Years ago, the alley's bumpers were inflatable, and would send balls ricocheting from side-to-side down the lane like runaway hedgehogs. Today, bumpers are built into each lane, and the AMF Advantage automatic scoring systems can be altered so that hitting eight pins equals a strike, thus bumping up kids’ scores. During Extreme Bowling on Friday and Saturday nights, the lights dim and a disco ball spins wildly in an attempt to escape down the lanes and hit a strike. Between frames, bowlers can refuel at the snack bar, chewing on chicken strips, pizza, 1/3-pound Angus beef burgers, and pork tenderloin.