Tenpin Bowling on the Gold Coast
Tenpin bowling on the Gold Coast is fun and entertaining for people of all ages and levels of experience.
It doesn't matter whether you're a skilled devotee, or a casual 'by the seat of your pants' type bowler, it's a great feeling when that tenth and final pin hits the deck and you can shout 'Steeeerike!'
The aim of the game is very simple - bowl a ball down the alley or lane and knock down as many of the ten pins as you can.
Tenpin bowling is one of the activities my family loved to do whenever they visited, and made the trip to Queensland for a Gold Coast holiday.
Without fail, we always had a great time, and I think it's partly because there are so many ways you can approach this game.
Sometimes we'd tenpin bowl as a single team, and set a target score that we aimed to meet overall as a family. If we reached the goal, the prize would be ice-creams all around.
This is a great way of building family morale - it reduces individual competition, as everyone's on the same team.
And everyone would closely watch the scores and encourage each upcoming bowler, knowing that each person's individual score would move us closer to reaching the team goal - and the ice-cream!
And it means everyone is part of the success - even if you have some family members (who won't be named and shamed here!) who aren't high scorers. (Hint: set a reasonably low target score, so you always reach it!)
And other approaches to tenpin bowling?
If we had a large group, we'd book two adjacent bowling alleys, and put all the kids together on one. This would allow the adults to split into teams and enjoy pitting skills and friendly insults against each other.
Or if we had a smaller group, we'd all play together. There'd be a friendly competition for the highest individual scorer, and everyone would encourage the younger children and cheer madly even if only one or two pins were knocked down.
And this reminds me - make sure you set up young kids (or perhaps older folk, if you have grandparents playing too) with 'bumper lanes'.
Bumper lanes prevent the ball from rolling into lane gutters.
The operator will simply program the bumpers to automatically slide into place when that player's turn comes around. It takes about 10 seconds and won't slow the game at all.
And it means that at least some pins get knocked down by the kids on each turn, which continues to keep them excited and involved.
You may find younger kids lose attention and get a little bored after their first couple of turns at bowling - especially as each player has at least 20 shots at the pins in a full game.
My family would sometimes pair some of the younger ones (aged ~2-4 years) together, to act as a single player. This works quite easily, given each player has 2 shots at the pins for every turn (or 'frame').
All in all, my family has had some wonderfully fun experiences playing tenpin bowling.
One memorable moment was the time one of my brothers lost his grip on the ball and threw the ball backwards when he was swinging his arm to get some momentum.
Luckily noone was hurt - except maybe his pride. But he has a good sense of humour, and was able to laugh as much as the rest of us, once the initial embarrassment was over.
Tenpin bowling is a terrific family activity, suitable for people of all ages and levels of experience. And the scoring system is fully automated - so there's pretty much no excuse not to have a go!
From Coolangatta TweedHead Tenpin Bowling in the southern Gold Coast, through to Beenleigh in the northern region, you won't have to travel far from your accommodation to reach a Gold Coast bowling alley near you.
So if you're relaxing on holidays or celebrating an occasion with family or friends, it can be a great way to unwind, have fun and while away a few hours.
And how's this for bowling with a difference - if you've never been disco or rock n roll bowling, you don't know what you're missing!
Kids especially will love this experience - but adults can groove along too. Lights are dimmed, music is cranked, disco lights flash and bowling balls, pins and lanes glow in the dark! It's Gold Coast tenpin bowling as usual - but everyone is bopping.
Session times will vary, so check with individual centres if you're keen to try this style of bowling - it's strikingly good fun!Return from Tenpin Bowling on the Gold Coast to Family Activities
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If you play regularly, you'll start to pick up some bowling terms and expressions.
It's not unusual for beginners to bowl a 'Mr Magoo' - a frame when both turns miss all the pins. If this happens too frequently, it may be less frustrating to use bumper lanes till you get the hang of things.
As you improve, you may begin to bowl more 'spares' - a frame when all the pins are knocked down, but it takes both turns to do it, or even a 'strike' - when all pins are knocked down with the first turn.
And it may please you to know that even regulars dream of bowling a 'turkey' - three strikes in a row.