Though Maple Lanes' main attraction is its 24 bowling lanes with automatic scoring, visitors can also step away from the pins for games of volleyball and rounds of golf on world-famous courses. As bowlers roll spares and strikes indoors, teams carry out sets and spikes on the outdoor sand volleyball courts, which host leagues and tournaments throughout the summer months. All year long, golfers hit the links on a Full Swing golf simulator, which transports them to 40 championship courses that emulate real-life wind and greens conditions. When not accidentally rolling volleyballs down the lanes or teeing up 16-pound balls, guests can order steak sandwiches, burgers, and bratwurst from the full kitchen or kick back in the lounge, where several large-screen HDTVs broadcast sporting events.
King Pin Management LLC nurtures and guides three restaurants and a dozen bowling centers all across Wisconsin, including King Pin Bowl. Their staff consultants and accountants track all these operations, tallying every penny while auditing employee performance. In addition, training instructors travel around to give employees refresher courses on proper workplace conduct, while menu developers help make restaurant offerings more taste bud-friendly. Not even pinsetters and floors escape the staff's attention?technicians comb every bowling lane and machine to root out faulty wiring and make sure new pin system computers know how to form a perfect triangle.
Across 36 well-maintained lanes, bumpers rise in the gutters to accommodate novice players and automatic scoring screens keep count as bowlers take down pins. The 33-year-old Ledgeview Lanes teems with activities, including video games to pool tables where bowlers can settle ties by seeing who can hula-hoop with the triangular rack. Inside of the lounge and grill, the hottest games flash across the 120-inch screen while bartenders pour cocktails to pair with hand-tossed pizzas and burgers.
First-timers and veteran bowlers compete side by side at Shoreview Lanes, where 24 modern, synthetic lanes and automatic scoring help keep players of all ages on an even keel. The synthetic surface helps distribute oil more evenly and ensures more consistent movement for flung bowling balls or celebratory break dances over the course of a match. Between frames, famished guests can stay hydrated with pitchers of soda or refuel with warm finger foods that include buffalo wings, steak fries, and white-cheddar nuggets.
Super Bowl appeases pin-pulverizers of all ages and experience levels with 48 lanes, a sizeable sports bar and grill, and a live-music venue. Guests can slip out of their rubber fishing galoshes and strap on a pair of rental shoes for a rollicking round of spares, strikes, and follow-throughs. Choose from standard lanes, or pair lightweight balls with kid-friendly bumper lanes to accommodate pipsqueak players. Parties can refuel after ball-bombarding sessions with a 16-inch pizza and a pitcher of a preferred potation from the grill, and fritter away their milk money in one of the center's two arcades.
Brown Deer Lanes sprawls before sparring sphere tossers a synthetic battlefield of meticulously maintained lanes and brave battalions of crisp, white pins. Competitors will slide into a pair of prismatic kicks, which are available in half sizes, before carefully adopting a choice ball from a robust harvest of able orbs. After evading gutters, picking up strikes, and high-fiving gregarious pinsetters, victors can celebrate by noshing on the sizzling slices of a large, two-topping pizza. Although not included with today's Groupon, Brown Deer Lanes also volunteers its thundering alleys to parties and frequent glow bowls. A fully stocked menu houses a variety of other snacks, while weekly Packer parties gather to cheer on Wisconsin's revered cricket team.