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.
Inside Strikes Unlimited's cavernous entertainment complex, players send bowling balls hurtling down 50 gleaming lanes. Whether they're competing in a league or just enjoying the night with friends, bowlers can watch exciting plays on the center's bounty of flat-screen TVs and massive projection screens equipped with a cutting-edge sound system. Three nights a week, the lights dim, the black lights glimmer, and a DJ starts pumping beats for Glow Bowl, an event that blends the challenge of bowling with the excitement of the club.
Just around the corner from the crack of bowling pins, Halftime Bar and Grill fuels bowling and arcade games with juicy burgers made from certified Hereford-beef patties and frosty draft beers. Two massive projection screens and eight flat-screen TVs broadcast the big game, and pool tables offer a diversion from the bowling lanes. The dance floor pulses on Friday and Saturday nights, as live music ushers in a late-night menu. Trivia night and daily/nightly happy hours are among other weekly attractions.
Though you'll find the requisite tumbling mats at Tiny Tumblers, you'll also find specialized equipment just for youngsters. Slides, ball pits, and horizontal bars tailored to the size and abilities of participants help them build coordination, flexibility, and social skills. Older tumblers also boost their techniques with the help of Level 10 gymnasts, who harness their experience to lead students through roundoffs, handstands, and cartwheels.
When animals are rescued from dangerous living situations or seized from the hands of smugglers, STAR Eco Station provides second chances at peaceful lives. The facility offers a haven for more than 200 rescued animals and educates the public as an environmental science museum. During public tours, guides lead guests through exhibits of rescued exotic animals, such as parrots, pythons, and wildcats, while explaining the habits, history, and New Year's resolutions of each creature.
The recipient of multiple awards from media and government agencies, STAR Eco Station also provides educational outreach programs to more than 40 California school districts and works in concert with conservation organizations such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Paw Project, and Heal the Bay.
PGA Teaching Professional Brad Heninger helps golfers improve with wisdom culled from a career as a professional golfer that includes time on the Australian and Canadian PGA Tours and chance rounds with golf stars Ian Baker-Finch and Vijay Singh. On most days, Rocklin Golf Club buzzes with the ringing sounds of flush drives, the whirring of golf carts, and the instructional talks from Brad as he helps students hone their swings.
During lessons, pupils benefit from Brad's insight as well as modern coaching techniques, such as video swing analysis and swing-grooming training aids. A certified club-fitter for Mizuno, TaylorMade, and Kevin Burns Custom Fit Putters, Brad can also help clients get the most out of their equipment without having to interrogate clubs by applying the good-caddy, bad-caddy technique.
The charismatic maestros behind Fusion Music, an extension of the Fusion Elite Performance Training Center, strengthen the bond between family members in the community and spark an insatiable appetite for education through their music programs. The multitalented roster of instructors works one-on-one with aspiring instrumentalists of all experience levels and ages, teaching them to use their voices to move souls, their drums to dictate tempos, and their guitars to row canoes. Fusion Music’s lessons also culminate in unique, fruitful opportunities, such as seasonal concerts and sessions in a recording studio.