By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2008
Employee Josh Moreland, Manager Pam Martin and owner Dan Neldon look forward to seeing longtime friends and new faces at the recently-remodeled Thunder Bowl.
Area residents have known Country Club Lanes for years, but today they wouldn’t recognize the place. Now called Thunder Bowl, the business has new owners, Dan and Lora Neldon, as well as a whole new aura. The Neldons have completely renovated the facility and given Thunder Bowl the look and smell of a brand new bowling alley. As soon as people walk through the doors they’ll think, “Wow, this place has really changed.” From top to bottom, wall to wall, Thunder Bowl has a sparkling clean atmosphere highlighted by up-to-date bowling equipment. There is also a new Pro Shop with all types of bowling apparel including bowling balls, clothing, shoes and specialty items.
All 24 of the bowling lanes have been refinished, oiled and updated with the latest in bumpers and gutters. New seating and tables have been added for bowlers and spectators alike. New bowling ball racks are filled with colorful house bowling balls. The house shoes are also new and come in a standard assortment of sizes for men, women and children.
Thunder Bowl has a state-of-the-art automated scoring system as well. Each lane has a flat screen monitor to display scores, and fun graphics pop up whenever a bowler shines with a strike or spare. Bowlers may even watch favorite television programs, sporting events or the news and weather while they bowl.
New pool and foosball tables adorn the game area, which has been freshly painted with bright, inviting colors.
All 24 bowling lanes at Thunder Bowl in Claremore have been refinished and updated with new bumpers and gutters.
One private room is available for birthday parties, meetings or other special celebrations. The room holds 25-30 guests.
In addition, Thunder Bowl offers four party plans that appeal to both novice and experienced bowlers. The plans vary from basic gathering to full-blown party. Plan D includes decorations, a game of bowling with shoe rental, and a food choice of hot dog, corn dog, chicken tenders or pizza pocket. Each meal is served with fries, soft drink, cake or cookie cake, ice cream and more. Three packages even include a bowling pin balloon bouquet and choice of a T-shirt or tote bag for the birthday child.
Special rates are offered to child care centers, schools, churches and other organizations. Thunder Bowl features specials throughout the week, including a “Bowl One Game, Get One Free” offer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Quartermania is offered 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, and an hourly Rent-a-Lane package is available any day of the week.
Glow Bowl is featured from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. each Saturday. The bowling alley glows with black light, and disco lights flash around the lanes to a variety of music. Glow Bowl’s admission price includes free shoe rental and “all you can bowl” benefits.
Thunder Bowl summer bowling leagues are now forming and will be scheduled four nights a week. Leagues will bowl Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning May 19. Days, times, league information, cost and the number of weeks each league will be bowling is available from Thunder Bowl. You may also call to sign up for a league.
Thunder Bowl is a clean, fun atmosphere for the whole family. Give them a call to find out more about upcoming events, leagues and bowling rates for your family or group.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.