Without bowling balls, people would roll curled up armadillos, armadillos rolled curled up wood lice, and wood lice rolled grains of ragweed pollen. Roll away with today’s Groupon for bowling and shoe rental at Cloverleaf Lanes in Independence. Choose from the following options:
• For $10, you get bowling night for two (up to a $27 total value).
• For $35, you get a bowling night for eight (up to a $108 total value).
Each option includes the following:
• Shoe rentals (a $3 value each)
• Three games each (up to a $3.50 value/game)
At Cloverleaf Lanes, pins topple as balls barrel down 46 lanes, each equipped with an automatic LCD flat-screen scoring monitor. With rental sneakers tied tightly, bowlers engage in three 10-frame bouts, sending balls zooming down lanes toward ivory targets as fast a cheetah hunting for a new apartment. Though not included in today’s Groupon, guests can mosey over to the snack bar during breaks, play arcade games and pool, or twiddle thumbs in Cloverleaf’s lounge. Cloverleaf offers open bowl throughout the week, but customers are encouraged to call ahead to ensure availability.
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.