Extreme makeover

Lake Bowl looking fine after revamp
By: Matt Long
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Guy Goodwin relaxes on the couch as he sips a beer during an extended lunch break last Tuesday. The 57-year-old semi-retired financial manager living in El Dorado Hills isn’t at home, though, he’s at Folsom Lake Bowl, waiting for his ball to return from the pin deck. The newly renovated Lake Bowl is a sight to be seen, decked out with a top-of-the-line scoring system displayed on 40-inch LCD monitors, couches for bowlers to sit on, coffee tables and a new floor that changes the complexion of the whole establishment. There’s also a pro shop open in the center. Piece by piece, Lake Bowl is undergoing a facelift and there’s more to come. By the end of the summer, plans are in the works to have new carpeting and a new paint job as well. Goodwin visits the bowling center twice a week, once for league play on Wednesday night’s mixed league, the Merry Mixers, where he maintains a 150 average, and another time just to practice. His trips to Lake Bowl might become more frequent, or at least more pleasant, after the refurbishing. “It’s very nice in here and I’m sure it’s going to help their business,” Goodwin said. “Before it looked a little run down, which might have scared some customers away. Everything they’ve done is an upgrade and it’s a nice spot for families to come and enjoy themselves. I’ve lived in El Dorado Hills for 10 years and I’ve heard people pick any excuse not to come down here, but now I know people who come here.” Harry Moore has lived in Folsom for five years and is an avid bowler. Moore, 65, bowls in three leagues during the fall and winter and was at Lake Bowl last week for his afternoon senior league, where he averages 165. Like Goodwin, he loves the changes to the facility. “They’re very impressive changes,” Moore said. “Just the appearance of the place with the floor and the new scoring system is nice. I think the alleys and approaches are also very nice, which will help the bowlers’ games.” In March the center revamped and tuned up it’s oiling machine it uses on the lanes, which has produced a better and more consistent shot for most bowlers, according to Kristin Blevins, who works at the front desk. “This place is beginning to be known for the house with higher scores,” Moore said. “Once the word gets out people are going to want to come here to see if it’s true.” Blevins said the feedback she’s received from customers has been great. She’s also seen an increase in people coming out to bowl. “The changes have made a tremendous difference,” Blevins said. “We have some people who used to come here once or twice a week that are here now almost every day. Everyone has had positive comments and enjoy what’s been going on.” Lake Bowl has also purchased new bowling shoes and bowling balls for clients and plan on purchasing more balls in the near future. Bowling Center Manager Jay Ahlquist is thrilled with the changes. “Everyone loves it,” Ahlquist said. “The flooring really sets off all the changes and has made a world of difference.” Lake Bowl will celebrate 50 years of business with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. on June 17. Refreshments will be provided.