What's the farthest you'd drive to league?

Posted by: champ

What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/07/17 04:43 PM

When I lived in Tucson I used to bowl in probably one of the best leagues in the country. 40 teams, extremely good bowlers, sponsors, tons of bracket action. It was a great league.

Three years ago I moved away, and currently bowl in, let's say, less inspiring leagues.

I found a team that needs a bowler once a month to sub. I would have to drive 200 miles to get there, stay in a hotel, and drive 200 miles home the next day. It works just fine with my work schedule. The wife likes the idea since it will let us get out of town and see some old friends and visit our favorite places we miss.

Do you think I'm crazy?
Posted by: 82Boat69

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/07/17 06:33 PM

I drove 400 miles to bowl one night of league once, but did it all on the same day. It would get old weekly but once a month wouldn't be too bad. Go for it. Have fun.
Posted by: steveA

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/07/17 06:53 PM

200 miles to visit old friends and haunts once a month sounds good to me , throw in some bowling too and its a win -win situation especially if the wifes looking forward to it too.
Posted by: Dennis Michael

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/08/17 01:14 PM

Wow, you guys are so dedicated.

In Chicago, growing up, there were over 250 Bowling alleys in the phone book. Now, there are 15. I am fortunate that there is a Bowling alley in almost every town in my County. 2 in a couple. So, a 20 mile one way trip is not too bad.

I currently bowl at 2 centers, each 10 miles from my home.

The 20 lane house in my town closed when a 40 lane house was built in the next town, closing that 16 lane house as well. The 40 lane house was a top 10 Center for Brunswick. Now, you can go in there anytime, day or nite, and bowl. Meanwhile, the 2 privately owned houses that I bowl in are thriving. One is 40 and the other is 24 lanes.

When I bowled in regionals, I bowled anywhere from Detroit to DesMoines, and Milwaukee to St Louis. but, that was for a few days each.
Posted by: W9JAB

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/08/17 04:02 PM

Dennis, I live pretty close to you, (McHenry) I bowl at the McHenry REC. and 3-D in Island lake. I stopped going to the Place after John pass away. After seeing your profile I would like to meet you and get some pointers from you.
JOE
Posted by: Dennis Michael

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/08/17 05:56 PM

Hey Joe,
I used to bowl at 3D also. Love the lane conditions at Mc Rec. for a wood house.

Sure, we can meet up.

And, yes, was bad when John passed. Is his wife still holding onto the place? She shouldn't. Heard there was a deal coming of an outside management. Not a buy out, but manager. She owns, he runs it.

Did you follow Flynn to 3D? Good guy.
Posted by: General Pounder

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/10/17 03:03 PM

I currently bowl 20-25 minutes from my house. 25 to get there and 20 to get home on a Tuesday night. I think that 30-40 minutes would be my limit to bowl league. I've been asked to bowl and\or sub in leagues that are further out. During the week it's hard to make the time. Get home, change, leave. There are some nights I struggle to get to league on time as it is if work is nuts.

I have about 12 houses within a 30-40 minute drive from my house. I've bowled at think 9 of them. Oak Forest bowl is less than 10 minutes from my house. My buddies all wanted to bowl at Palos so that's where we ended up. Tournaments are different. I bowling in Springfield a couple weeks ago and I'm heading to Vegas in May.
Posted by: Smooth Stroker

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/10/17 06:16 PM

I travel 30 minutes to get to my current house. Its a compromise because my friends live about the same distance from the opposite direction. I don't think I would travel much further. I don't have to here on long Island. Plenty of bowling alleys, even with some of them closed down in recent years. 30 minutes is probably my limit because I have to work the next day. As it stands I get to bed pretty late on my bowling night, I'm still amped when I get home. I have to wind down.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/10/17 09:43 PM

Kinda spoiled so far. I live about 400 yards from one center, and only 12 miles from the other. The crazy thing is I used to practice a lot more. It takes me 40 seconds door to door now
Posted by: rrb6699 (RayRay)

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/11/17 06:36 AM

wow. 400 yards. nice! we have a travel league that bowls once a month that goes as far as 150mi away. nice to bowl in so many different centers.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/11/17 10:02 AM

3 degrees plus a 20 mph wind coming off the lake now. I'll take a longer drive in Florida anyday
Posted by: champ

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/11/17 10:31 AM

I used to be pretty spoiled too, when I lived in Tucson. One bowling alley only minutes from my front door, and three other really good ones pretty close too. Big leagues, scratch leagues, tournaments somewhere every weekend, sport conditions, and extremely good competition.

Now that I've moved to a very small town, I do have one bowling alley about ten minutes from my house but its awful. I hate going there. There are three more in my association, but all over an hour away. And for me personally, if I'm going to drive all that way, I want serious bowling.
Posted by: 82Boat69

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/11/17 07:11 PM

I lived in Wisconsin for 3 years. In the winter, we didn't even put water in the radiator.

I live in Appleton but bowled in a house in Neenah called 'Thunder Bowl'. Came out one night after league and the front tires of my car had frozen to the ground. Back tires would just spin. LOL! Took me 20 minuites to break free. Freezing rain on the way home.

Sometimes it's not how far you'd drive but under what conditions :-)
Posted by: goobee

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/11/17 08:29 PM

Originally Posted By: 82Boat69

I live in Appleton but bowled in a house in Neenah called 'Thunder Bowl'. Came out one night after league and the front tires of my car had frozen to the ground. Back tires would just spin. LOL! Took me 20 minuites to break free. Freezing rain on the way home.

Sometimes it's not how far you'd drive but under what conditions :-)


Or neighborhood. A bunch of us came out after league only to find that our tires were slashed by one or more "troublemakers" (harsher metaphor needed but the censor filter won't let them post). livid
Posted by: champ

Re: What's the farthest you'd drive to league? - 03/11/17 10:03 PM

Originally Posted By: 82Boat69
Sometimes it's not how far you'd drive but under what conditions :-)


Haha. I grew up in Northern Indiana, and know all about cold, but my entire bowling life has been in Arizona. The couple times a year when snow flakes sprinkle here, leagues get cancelled.