The place is closed and was taken apart piece by piece, at least the equipment was resold. The remainder of the building was completely torn down. The entire Real Estate property was bulldozed and leveled flat. I brand new carpet warehouse has replaced the space. You would never know that there once stood a good old Candlepin Bowling Alley there! I guess we call this progress! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I hate it!
The best place to go for real New England style candlepin bowling....clean, friendly, accomodating. Great for date night, bowling leagues, families or just friends out for some fun and competition. Positive environment Yes, you keep score with paper and pencil so you do a little basic MATH. (good for the brain) There is a sheet that explains how to keep score and basic bowling etiquette for novices. People there always willing to help you out if you have questions.
Fairway is from the 50s and a complete blast from the past!! I like how they've hadn't updated since the 70s and kept the retro look.It all adds to the experience! It'sthe alley that time forgot. I've been going here since I was a kid, and have great memories with family friends. I remember one time I had a party in the birthday center. It's really cool that they're still keeping score with pen and paper after all these years! I don't even think there's even internet access from the building (no website), and lacks all other modern convieniences. But, hey, it's a place to go have some good clean family fun the old fashioned way! Hope the owner keeps it goin for a few more years and never lose the look. A good time for all!
I first began going to nFairway when it was called Fairway Sports world in 1956. I remember the owner Hele Selliew I think please excuse if I spelled the name wrong. She had a son I believe name Tag.
I used to bowl there frequently, as a matter of fact I took my first girl friend there and we had a great time.
The alleys back then if I recall were only sixteen of them and then I recall the added sixteen more.
I still today remember the phone number Olympic 3 5820 I think.
This is to the not family friendly post. My son has been going to fairway many years, he was part of those leagues they have. I also have a younger son and at the time he was less than 1 years old. We were in the bowling ally every single week from when he was 6 months to now 5 yr old. Along with everyone else's younger children running around playing. So personally I feel you are full of it. The people that work for that organization go way out of there way to make sure all the kids enjoy their time there. Clearly you are not from Natick otherwise you would know your post is ridiculous.
I go to fairway with friends every weekend and have a great time.
The staff is always friendly and polite
The rates are very affordable.
They people who work there even give us pointers on how to improve our game.
Which helps us alot They make us feel welcome when ever we come in.
I have never had a bad experience there.
My family and I have enjoyed bowling for many years at Fairway, as our children have grown from around 5 to young adults (our youngest is now 12). We have always felt welcome and appreciated as customers. Like most other alleys, Fairway has league bowling at scheduled times each week, so avoid those times to avoid a long wait for an alley (call them to find out). Unlike most other alleys, Fairway offers lanes by the hour or half hour with shoe rental included at a flat rate per lane. (You can pay by the string if you prefer.) I don't know what the limit is on players per lane, but our family of five can bowl for an hour for $25 (this is the rate for a group that includes children 12 and under, even if the rest of the group is older; it's a little higher for a group that doesn't include children). This is ideal for a family who just want to have some fun, or for anyone who wants to learn to bowl -- there is no annoying machine counting how many frames or balls you use.
On school vacation weeks, and occasionally at other times, we've sometimes had to wait for up to 20 minutes for a lane, but usually there is little or no wait since they have 32 lanes. If you have a large group and would like to use a few adjacent lanes, the staff can usually accomodate you (you can help them if you call ahead).
We love to take our out-of-town visitors (most of whom have never heard of candlepin bowling) to Fairway, and they have always enjoyed the experience as much as we have. Candlepins are unique to New England and the Canadian Maritimes, and if you've never tried it you don't know what you're missing. Not only is it much easier than standard tenpin for beginners (especially children) because of the small, lightweight ball, but at the same time it is far more challenging than standard tenpin to perform at the highest levels (also because of the small, lightweight ball, which usually requires a fast and accurate delivery for a strike). So it's always a challenge for bowlers with any level of experience.
We've tried 'em all, and Fairway is the best anywhere near Boston.
In response to the review entitiled "Not Family Friendly"
I should first say that I am an employee at Fairway.
While I can't refute what you claim (I wasn't there), I have worked at Fairway for 5 years full-time, and I can say that I've never heard an employee speak that way to any customer. So while your claim may be completely true, it would surprise me greatly that anyone I have worked with would have ever treated a customer with the disrespect you described. Either way, you were left with a bad taste in your mouth, and I apologize on behalf of Fairway for that.
With regards to how Fairway normally operates in these situations...
If there is a wait, you are welcome to get on the waiting list and wait for a lane. If there is a wait and you see lanes not currently being used, it means that someone has just come off the lane and the lane is in the process of being given to the next group on the waiting list.
And as for children being welcome at the bowling alley, we have MANY young children bowl at Fairway. We have an 18-team youth league on Friday afternoons and a Sunday evening high school league. While it's true that unfortunately we currently do not have bumper lanes to offer those who would like them, we do have many young children still enjoy bowling at Fairway. We have kids' shoe sizes as small as a toddler size 5, and I can say I personally have given them out many, many times. Families are welcome to bring their infants as well, although if they are 2 years or under, I would advise against having them bowl. Their fingers are tiny and I've seen them get hurt between bowling balls. But as recent as just yesterday I was introduced to a 4-week old baby making her first appearance at the alley.
I can neither confirm nor deny anyone's experiences I don't have first-hand knowledge of, but I can positively say that we have many families with children of all ages that are regular and happy customers.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
On our fisrt trip to Fairway Bowling we were turned away at the door literally just because we had children. We were told that there were no available lanes dispite the fact that there were 3 open right in front of us. When we questioned this, mainly because 5 minutes earlier when my husband had run in to inqure about availablility he had been told that one was open for him, the man behind the counter said that actually he just didn't want us there because we had a 9 month old and an almost 4 year old and they may disturb his other customers! I was shocked, especially since my children were not even saying a word but were next to me as quite as could be. So if you are looking for a fun evening out with your family I would suggest looking elsewhere.
Fairway Bowling consistently provides a great time. This a place with candlepin bowling, a favorite of young and old. There is usually available room and the facility is nice. Rates are reasonable and you'll see lots of families and college students here which helps create a great environment. Snacks are available and nightimes sometimes bring special theme nights.
If you are a typical new englander and like candlepin bowling, this is your place, they have nothing but. Like years ago, this is a pure candlepin bowling alley, so don't go expecting anything but. Since candlepin balls are very light the lanes are in great shape and roll with ease. Could use a little updating but other than that it is a great location to play at.
See headline,enough said
I read the reviews on this site but no one mentioned the most glaring problem with this bowling alley, which was that it doesn't have computers that do the scoring for you! I've gone bowling at a fair number of places in the country (admittedly, this was only my third place in the Boston area) and I've never seen some place that didn't have computers, or if I have, it was when I was a little kid.
Since this was only my second time with candlepin (which I knew going in was the only thing they had), I really had a hard time scoring, but the man was nice enough to give me a (poorly written) guide to scoring.
Also, don't expect food or new shoes or anything automatic, espcially if the ball return is acting funky, as it was for me. On the plus side, the people were friendly, and went I went on a rainy Saturday morning, I was able to get a lane.
Pros: Friendly staff
Cons: No computerized scoring!