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.
At Game of Western Columbus, which features a newly minted game room and laser tag arena, families and friends hurl hefty spheroids down shellacked alleys or lounge in game-side couches for meals of nachos, burgers, and fries. On weekends, beams of neon burst through the black light in games of cosmic bowling, lighting up the smiling faces of kids and parents as they strike down rows of glowing pins.
Momo2 encourages friends and families to pummel bowling pins, execute pool-trick shots, and belt out classic karaoke tunes. Patrons can quell belly rumblings with selections from Momo2's expansive menu of pub fare and drinks while comrades compete for lane supremacy on one of four bowling lanes ($2.50–$4.50/person). Brush up on geometry at the alley's twin pool tables ($2–$3.50 for an hour/person) and wear bowling shoes ($3/person) while tapping the eight ball in accordance with new regulations from the U.S. Department of Billiards. Aspiring singers can perform renditions of more than 90,000 songs in 10 different karaoke rooms of varying sizes ($25/hour for a medium room). Each karaoke room delights visitors with unique decor, such as a wall-mounted black hole that occasionally summons the specter of Elvis for a duet.
With one hour of bowling and shoe rental for up to six people per day from June 1 to August 31, Ten Pin's summer package lets you finally put yourself through the white-knuckled bowling training montage you've been secretly planning ever since your crushing defeat at your nine-year-old nephew's birthday party. With regular bowling rates ranging from $25 to $27 per hour, plus $3.95 for shoe rentals per person, a dedicated pin-pummeler could easily stretch this Groupon beyond its projected value.
The sound of thundering pins, the smell of pizza, and an air of spirited, friendly competition surrounds visitors to HP Bowling Center. Open bowl times attract bowlers of all levels, along with a slew of special events. On Sunday nights, the sound system blasts 90s hip-hop and a prize wheel spins, and on Thursdays, ladies bowl free. Leagues and a pro shop cater to serious players, while birthday and corporate party packages bundle games with pizzas and subs.