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“Thoroughly Enjoyed Ourselves”

Big 20 Bowling Center
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Reviewed 11 May 2015 via mobile

We are a family who enjoys bowling (not frequent, but we do like it) and after almost a year in the area, made it to Big 20. It's candlepin bowling (smaller balls, three balls per frame, pins are thinner). Harder than ten pin, but so much fun! My three-year old really liked that he could handle the balls with no problem. My eight year old felt the same. The price was right, too. They didn't charge us per game, but per hour. We will definitely return. Great value!!

Thank acchapp
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Reviewed 17 November 2014 via mobile

Have been several times with the entire family and also with my charges as a nanny. Always a terrific time...lots if laughter and best if all...wonderful exercise, without feeling like you are working out. My family goes often as we have a competition in play for the last 3 years. Of course, my sons want to keep going as me the mom, wife, grandmother, and sister is and has been the current leader! It is definitely a friendly family competition. Within the last year, Big 20 has completely redone their parking lot...it's large and readily accessible. Staff are helpful and friendly. ..Restrooms are clean. Prices are very reasonable. So great to have a candlepin bowling alley so close to home. ..they are few and far between these days.

Thank BeeMelissa
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Reviewed 22 October 2014

Balls and lanes were in good condition. Well lit. I liked the seating arrangement - 6 seats for your group plus a row with a table behind it where you can put your food and drink. Had the combo plate of popcorn chicken, mozzarella sticks, fries, onion rings. Couldn't finish it all between 2 people but it was good. Not much chicken to the popcorn chicken. Woman who took our order and dropped it off was very friendly.

Thank Ellen P
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Reviewed 25 September 2014

We absolutely loved the fun we had at this place trying to learn how to candlestick bowl. Coming from Houston we had never experienced this form of bowling. Big 20 has a great atmosphere and great service. We plan to go again while we are here and give the food a try along with trying to knock down all 10 pins with one roll.

Thank Adrian J
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Bowling (in general) probably isn't as big as it once was - which is why it's great to try candlepin bowling. The balls are smaller, the pins are smaller, everything is smaller. Even the crowds - at least when we were there. We were actually the only people in the place. In fact, finding an employee to help us get our game on was a bit of a challenge. But sure enough, he was there - he just didn't really seem to want to be anywhere near the place. Or perhaps he didn't want to be near us. Whatever.

Once we managed to secure a game, we picked it up easily enough - you are, after all, simply rolling a ball down an alley and trying to hit pins. Scoring is close to what you do in "standard" bowling. The bad part is that the scoring is manual, rather than the automated variety most of us are used to. It's done on a computer-like terminal, rather than the old scorecards, but it's still manually entered, so figuring out just how many pins you knocked down can be a challenge at a distance.

Perhaps the best part is those balls - they are small enough that you can hold them in the palm of your hand. Good thing, since there aren't any holes in them. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.

Thank jayseae
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