Royal Lanes beckons bowlers looking to demolish pin pyramids with 36 glossy lanes, more than 20 TVs, and sudsy beers served in the onsite sports bar and grill. In addition, automatic scoring machines keep track of strikes and spares while sparing guests the hassle of lugging heavy abacuses around with them. The in-house bowling shop sends serious sphere-slingers home with proper gear, and blue billiards tables and arcade games provide bowlers with more opportunities for victory.
A different event every night adds to the alley’s already festive atmosphere and includes happenings such as cosmic bowling, ladies' night, and wings night. EMTs, senior citizens, and employees of the military, police department, and fire department can expect special discounts. The alley also provides party packages that include setup, cleanup, invites, utensils, and a pin for all guests to autograph.
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.
With two consecutive Professional Bowlers Association tours under his belt, Courtney Miller extends his bowling expertise to pin-crashers aged 4 to 16 with a heat-evading, torque-tuning summer camp. For three hours a day, Monday through Friday, campers hurtle bowling balls down the cool, air-conditioned alleyways of the AMF Charleston Lanes, learning the best way to avoid gutters or navigate awkward small-talk with a ball return. Outfitted in a provided summer-camp T-shirt and bowling shoes, each mini-Dude-in-training gets to play three games a day, stopping only to nosh on pizza, take a tour of the pin-setting machines, or learn the mythical origins of the legendary 12th frame.
A perennial winner of Best Bowling Alley honors in Charleston City Paper's Best of Charleston voting, Twin River Lanes provides colorfully shod pin marksmen with a comfortable environment in which to ply their strike-seeking skills. Assemble up to four co-rollers for a two-hour test of strength, stamina, and creative high-fiving as you act on your natural human instinct to destroy clusters of small statues (a $75 value, including shoes). A large, two-topping pizza (up to a $13 value, depending on toppings) similar to those found on the training tables of professional bowlers helps fuel the ball-flinging fun, and a pitcher of soda (a $5 value) can be poured down throats or dumped on lanemates in celebration of their perfect 300 scores. Before or after their framed games, fans of spectator sports or of spectating on spectators can pile their peepers into Matty's Sports Bar, which is equipped with plasma-screen TVs, digital-projection screens, and a subscription to the NFL Sunday Ticket package to provide stunning surveillance of all the biggest athletic skirmishes.