Baylor bowling alley open for fun, classes

The Bill Daniel Student Center’s Baylor Gameroom features a renovated bowling alley in which students can bowl for fun or take a lifetime fitness bowling class to perfect their skills and techniques. Photo credit: Trey Honeycutt

Underneath the Bill Daniel Student Center lies the Baylor Gameroom. The centerpiece of the game room is the state-of-the-art bowling alley where students can play recreatvionally or even take a lifetime fitness course to hone their skills.

“I think it’s pretty nice for a bowling alley on a college campus,” said Houston senior Corinne McGrath. “All of the equipment looks new, and the scoring machines are easy to use.”

Students in the bowling lifetime fitness course learn skill development in grip, stance, approach and ball delivery.

“I liked that my professor and the class were very easy-going as well as a lot of fun,” said Cypress senior Brittany Holcombe.

McGrath agreed, “The class itself is great because it’s really laid back and not very stressful.” She said, “At the same time, I’m actually becoming a better bowler which is shocking.”

Ball selection, scoring, rules and regulations, and practice are also important aspects of the class.

“Our teacher made the class fun by understanding that we were all on different skill levels,” said Flower Mound senior Destany Porter. “He would help each individual person and actually made us better bowlers.”

The facility itself is a recently renovated and fully functioning bowling alley with five state-of-the-art lanes.

“It is decked out with black lights and basically looks like a fancy mini bowling alley,” Porter said.

The game room that hosts the bowling alley also includes billiard tables, foosball tables, Ping-Pong, shuffleboard, classic board games and a TV lounge with Wii capability, according to the Student Union web page.

“Although it is obviously smaller than a regular bowling alley, it’s big enough for the class sizes and very well done,” Porter said. “It’s great that we have our own bowling alley on campus.”

Because the facilities are located on campus, Baylor was also able to customize the alley to give it a more personalized feel.

“I think all the Baylor decorations above the pins are the best part of the bowling alley,” McGrath said.

Holcombe said she also thought the bowling alley was renovated nicely and looks good.

If the bowling class isn’t your style, students can bowl for fun 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, and 2-6 p.m. on Sunday.

“I would recommend just coming into the alley for fun because it is a great, enjoyable way to pass time with friends,” Porter said.

The game room including the bowling alley is also available to reserve for events and parties.