Automatic scoring screens hover above West Lane Bowl's polished hardwood floors, allowing players to focus solely on sending balls on a collision course. Inside the spacious facility, families and pros alike compete during 10-frame series as the coffee shop serves wings, burgers, and pizzas and the sports bar welcomes players into its TV-filled enclave for a cocktail or a game of billiards. Those celebrating a birthday or successful weaning off of bumper bowling can gather in the private party rooms for cake and festivities between games and send guests home with swag-filled goody bags purchased from West Lane Bowl's pro shop.
Years ago, the tule elk roamed the lands surrounding Stockton, bellowing "Fore!" during the rutting season and carving golf holes into the untamed earth with its antlers. Named in honor of that majestic creature, the Elkhorn Golf Club maintains 18 holes on immaculately manicured, generally level grounds. Golfers conquer Tyee 007 bentgrass greens?the same used by US Open site The Olympic Club?which can be mowed low and quick, and roll true and smooth. After a round or two, parties can pile into the Elkhorn Grill for pub fare paired with a frosty craft beer.
The smell of new rubber tires is hard to miss in Robby's Bicycles, the walls lined with hundreds of new bikes just waiting to zip around the streets. In addition to selling new two-wheelers, Robby's tunes, repairs, and safety checks faithful bikes.
The experienced staffers at H2O Craft Rentals tend a fleet of fully equipped patio boats, Yamaha jet-skis, ski boats, and XCR series fishing boats. Each craft comes equipped with amenities that suit its purpose, with patio boats featuring with barbecues for grilling the day's catch and fishing boats bearing a fish finder to garner an advantage in games of Marco Polo. Customers can launch right from the marina or take advantage of the tow-and-go service and load vessels onto a trailer to ferry to a different body of water. This service enables boaters to cruise a range of area waters, whether coasting across the California Delta, Don Pedro Lake, and Lake Camanche, or plumbing the waters of Lake Tahoe for mackinaw trout and salmon.
The echoes of spheres hitting wood and toppling pins, followed by celebratory cheers bounce from lane-to-lane inside West Valley Bowl seven days per week. Competitors of all ages clash during league play, open lane games, or cosmic bowling on Fridays and Saturdays, which, in between frames, shifts the spotlight onto a live deejay and karaoke performances. After attempting to climb onto the top scores list by using perfect form or bribing crooked pins to "trip over", bowlers can waltz into the center's lounge, where electric dart boards, pool tables, and televisions provide an oil-free alternative to the gleam of bowling lanes. For further refreshment, Johnny's Diner refuels sphere-flingers with burgers and sandwiches, and an on-site pro shop helps players improve games with equipment upgrades and bifocals for older balls.
With a 9-hole course, a driving range with nine target greens, and lessons with Head Golf Professional Kevin Hill, St. Stanislaus Golf Course presents the beginner and avid golfer alike with a suitable spot to hone their games. Beginners of all ages—from adult lesson-takers to youngsters participating in the course's Junior Program—enjoy the course's relatively short overall length and opportunities for improvement. More seasoned club swingers, meanwhile, use the course to calibrate iron play and work on course management—that aspect of golf strategy that dictates when to lay up, what club to use, and how to barter with a chipmunk to get your ball back.