At Fort Walton Beach Bowl, all 24 lanes light up like Christmas trees as sounds of pins crashing together and players hooting and hollering soothe the ears like a well-sung carol. For the last 17 years, the same family has kept these lanes glossy and fed the digital turkeys that live in the automatic scoring system. In between slinging pin-smashers, kids can sip on pop while grownups can share rounds from pitchers of beer, and on special nights, bowlers can sing karaoke.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Arcade, billiards, bowling, and a full bar
The rumble of rolling spheres serves as a baritone harmony to gleeful shouts at the seats that surround Oops Alley's gleaming lanes. Bowling shoes glide against the wood as patrons take turns knocking down pins in competitions to earn the highest scores or disprove a law of Newtonian physics. Karaoke nights put visiting lungs to use, and a variety of other events lures bowlers away from vendettas with their wooden nemeses. An arcade fuels between-frame score settling with Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution machines that ooze digital melody near a bank of pool tables. A full bar and concession stand whets whistles, and a big-screen television stands tall, waiting to broadcast important athletic competitions or the winner of the Fred Flintstone look-alike contest.