$29 for Two Hours of Candlepin Bowling with Shoes for Up to Six at Bowl-A-Rama ($59 Value)

Sanford

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In a Nutshell

This candlepin bowling alley boasts 20 lanes, a full bar serving a pub menu, and a game room featuring redemption hames and two pool tables

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Valid for 2 hours of bowling with 1 lane or 1 hour of bowling with 2 lanes. Not valid Saturday, Noon-2PM. Subject to lane availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $29 for two hours of candlepin bowling for up to six people, with shoe rental ($59 value)

Candlepin Bowling: A Difficult Recreation

Candlepin bowling is designed for the social athlete who likes a bit of a challenge. Prepare to face its unique complexities with Groupon’s introduction.

In its 130-year history, a perfect game of candlepin bowling has never been played. A glance at the anatomy of the game—a New England–bred alternative to tenpin bowling, the kind that clatters through most lanes—shows why. Though the pins are striped like their traditional counterparts, they’re about as thin and cylindrical as their name would suggest. Then there are the balls: measuring only 4.5 inches across and up to 2 pounds, 7 ounces, they may match the weight of a single pin. They also have no holes, so bowlers hurl them down the lane from their palm.

If these difficulties weren’t enough, the pins are placed farther apart than in tenpins, and when the first ball knocks them down, they remain there for each of the two remaining throws. Depending on where they land, these fallen sentries (called deadwood) can aid the bowler by being propelled into standing pins. But they can also be just another barrier to clearing the lane.

Three foul lines mark the candlepin-bowling lane. As in tenpin bowling, there’s a foul line that the bowler’s toes can’t cross. To prevent players from pitching the light-weight ball directly through the air into the pins, the ball must make contact with the lane before passing the lob line, positioned 10 feet down from the foul line. Finally, there is the deadwood line. Toppled pins located between the lob line and the deadwood line are unplayable, and if a player hits any pins in this area, they get a foul and an automatic shift polishing the balls.

Candlepin bowling is an old-fashioned sport, and its popularity has dwindled a bit in recent decades; the Boston Globe reported that the number of available lanes has dwindled by two-thirds since the 1980s. But candlepin lanes still dot the East Coast, with an especially dense concentration around the sport’s birthplace of Worcester, Massachusetts. There, area residents may fondly recall the not-so-distant days when an enormously popular candlepin-bowling program aired on Saturday-morning TV.

Customer Reviews

11 Ratings

Very clean, friendly with good service.
Marcia C. · 6 days ago
We took a group of ladies from our church and they loved it! It wasn't busy and they gave us bumpers which meant for a fun time for us. All in all a very successful day! It was clean, the shoes were great, and there weren't any hiccups with the technology either!
Railene G. · August 31, 2016
Great place to cool off. Clean place
Chintana H. · August 14, 2016
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    Sanford

    1217 Main Street

    Sanford, ME 04073

    +12073242401

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