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Bowling Alley Review: Cloverleaf Family Bowl in Fremont, California

Bowling is a recreational sport in which anyone with 2 legs and 2 arms can participate. It is a sport which brings families together, it can server as a bonding experience between son and father, mother and daughter so on and so forth. For any of these things to happen, you first need a quality bowling center. For those living in the 510, Fremont area, Cloverleaf is the place to go.

One of the best things about Cloverleaf is that they only hire those with sunny dispositions and very kind sweet, fun loving people. In all my time of going to Cloverleaf I haven’t in my mind had one single complaint about their staff. They are helpful in anyway possible. If you can’t get your name into the system, they will do it for you with out any backlashing additude that makes you wish you never asked for help. If your ball gets stuck somewhere in the gutter they will gladly retrieve it. Cloverleaf Bowl has 3 main parts or sections if you will. The actual Lanes and Scoring system, the Snack Bar, and the Pro Shop.

Lanes and Scoring System: There are 44 lanes, and the lanes are in very good condition considering that alley was opened more than 35 years ago. This alone tells you two things about the alley. Number one is that they value their property. Number two, they maintain the lanes well and in turn maintain the alley clean and always looking good. If I remember correctly, they oil the lanes twice a day. Once before opening up shop and again sometime in the afternoon. The scoring system the have in place is brand new. It is a very simple, easy to use system, shown on a huge flat screen TV, which are installed on every lane. (Its almost like going from the 20th century to the 21st, back when computers used CRT Moniter and now most people use flat screen LCDs). The system was a bit difficult to get used to after having the old system for so long but for people that are new it doesn’t really matter either way. The most important thing is, every lane comes fully equipped with automatic bumpers! According to, bowling alley is full of fun and a lot of crazy things to do that your family will surely enjoy.

The Snack Bar: The snack bar comes in handy those days when all you want to do is bowl, and you really do not want to go out and buy food somewhere else or wait until you get home. The snack bar sells all kind of food and snacks for every time. Breakfast lunch and dinner are served. Relatively fast service depending on what you order. The staff at the snack bar are very professional as well, after a while they know your name and make it a point to greet you on a first name basis.

Pro Shop: The pro shop… Technically its not really a part of Cloverleaf. It is its own business but Cloverleaf works together with them. The pro shop has everything a beginner, or expert could ever need. Their prices are reasonable and are not over inflated. This part of the alley might be the only thing that i ever had a complaint about. Just something about the drilling on one of the balls but it wasn’t a big deal. If you go there you should go see the old man that works there. He is very nice and listens to your needs and what you want the ball to do.

League Play: They have a very wide variety of leagues available for all ages. Their leagues include handicap leagues for beginners and scratch for the pros. There are some very short leagues that are only 13 weeks. Some are 32. It all depends. There are many that offer prizes, and rewards just for being in the league. Such as the summer A’s League which gives 16 Oakland A Baseball tickets throughout the course of 14 weeks.Discounts are usually offered for league players who want to practice in open play.

Open Play: Usually open play is very full and limited due to the fact that all the league play takes the vast majority of lanes. Most of the open play goes from $3-5, depending on what day you go and the time. The cheapest time to go is Sunday morning from 7-12.