Hudsonville Lanes caters to diverse visitors, ranging from accommodating a spontaneous family outing on a weekend night or a preparing for a carefully coordinated company party. Equipped with bumpers, light-weight balls, and small shoes, the alley is kid-friendly, and even hosts kids bowling leagues. Weekends, the lights go down for cosmic bowling, during which visitors can send glowing space-orbs careening down darkened lanes while shouting, "To infinity, and beyond!", or "The British are coming!"
The 39 holes at Loeschner's Village Green Family-Style Miniature Golf lead putt-putters through a wide-open course framed by charming white picket fences, winding through a scenic setting trees and shrubs. In addition to upkeeping the course, the staff encourages guests to keep the competition going by instigating a soft-drink-chugging contest or enjoying offerings such as ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy, and hot dogs at the snack bar.
Bowling balls barrel down 44 well-kept lanes at the recently renovated Fairlanes, knocking pins into oblivion and racking up points for their handlers. Strike hunters tie on a pair of bowling shoes (a $2.79 value) before striding up to the lane launchpad and firing their arsenal of pin-seeking missiles. Optional bumpers keep heavy globes on track, like the sun's gravitational pull. Since visitors can use up to five Groupons per lane, merry bands of bowlers can sip on their small soft drinks (a $1.80 value) while angling for bragging rights during three orb-heaving showdowns (a $2.50 value per person per game before 5 p.m., a $3.50 value after 5 p.m.).
The accommodating staff at Park Center Lanes—a 24-lane bowling coliseum with freshly sanded approach areas—hosts bouts of pin-punishing fun in a lively, family-friendly environment. Before bowling off steam frame by frame, guests visit the rental desk to retrieve a pair of well-fitting, snazzy bowling shoes. Once donning the appropriate footwear, bowlers can roll their way through three games as the automatic scoring machine does all the math—so players don’t have to scrawl numbers on the back of bowling-pin restraining orders. Bumpers can be deployed for children to keep errant Brunswick balls from encroaching on other lanes. Every Friday and Saturday evening, Rock & Bowl douses the alley in neon lighting and classic rock music. Prevent the overheating associated with gutter-ball rage by sipping a small soft drink and basking in Park Center Lanes’ air conditioning.