Bowling shoes aren’t just fashionable; they provide the added two inches of height needed to load your ball into a castle-smashing catapult. Lace up and reach for a three-holed gut-puncher with today’s Groupon. For $5, you get three individual bowling games (worth $2.50–$3.50 per person) and shoe rental ($3 value) at Cloverleaf Lanes, located less than eight miles south of downtown in Independence. Lanes are subject to availability.
Cloverleaf boasts 46 lanes equipped with automatic scoring and pin-setting cyborg hamsters. Worry not about the increment by which strikes multiply and spares divide, as a reliable computer will take care of the advanced astrophysics involved in score tabulation. For youngsters and novices, lanes can be fitted with equalizing bumpers, assuring a confidence-boosting game that’s more memorable than receiving a compliment from Miss Rhode Island’s chauffeur. Open seven days a week, Cloverleaf keeps the pins falling from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on some days, with a late start on Saturdays (2:30 p.m.). Bowling times may be more limited in summer months, so be sure to check the schedule.
Spend a good chunk of your day or night at Cloverleaf taunting your friends and taking out frustrations on a group of hapless pinheads. Unlike other competitive sports, such as dogsled racing and rap battles, bowling has zero barriers to entry and a shallow learning curve. Everyone from kids to surly IT professionals can participate in the sport with only minimal surgical correction. Nothing is more soothing to eardrums than the sound of the ball rolling down the polished lane, slowly building up to a triumphant clatter of victory.
After you've exhausted your bowling prowess with today's Groupon, check out Cloverleaf's bonanza of non-cutthroat competitions, such as snacking, Thursday-night karaoke (8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.), arcade games, drinking, and playing billiards on one of 14 pool tables.
The clatter of pins ripples through Cloverleaf Lanes, which proudly plays host to the longest-running American bowling tournament. But one need not be a pro to fling a ball down these lanes. Ample open bowling times mean that even newbie bowlers get a chance to experiment with bowling grips, whether using three fingers, four fingers, or their feet. Between games, guests can perch on one of the chrome stools at the snack bar or quaff a tasty brew chosen from the lounge's beer menu.
5619 Brecksville Road
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