Bowling in the Dominican Republic

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There is a bowling center on the autopista just outside Santiago not far from HOMS. It's on the opposite side.
 

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thanks Frank! I always wondered if bowling was popular in DR, never noticed anything on my trips. Do you know if it is standard bowling? Or are the pins/lanes smaller? Just wondering :)
 

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I always wondered if bowling was popular in DR, never noticed anything on my trips. Do you know if it is standard bowling? Or are the pins/lanes smaller? Just wondering :)

The lanes at the bowling alley that Frank is talking about are pretty descent, modern and clean.
They are normal size and the lanes are polished so you can slide ok. The house balls are only adequate. If you use a 16 lb. like me...bring your own, they don't have any. They have a pro shop there that can drill you a new one if you desire. Very good snack bar inside with many types of food. They also run a special for twice the bowling time for the same price every week.
Have fun.....
 

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Thanks!

The lanes at the bowling alley that Frank is talking about are pretty descent, modern and clean.
They are normal size and the lanes are polished so you can slide ok. The house balls are only adequate. If you use a 16 lb. like me...bring your own, they don't have any. They have a pro shop there that can drill you a new one if you desire. Very good snack bar inside with many types of food. They also run a special for twice the bowling time for the same price every week.
Have fun.....

I am making a note of this bowling alley.
Anyone else know of other bowling lanes throughout the island? Any in the capital area? :cheeky::bunny:
 

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I am making a note of this bowling alley.
Anyone else know of other bowling lanes throughout the island? Any in the capital area? :cheeky::bunny:

Eng. Roberto Pastoriza and Abraham Lincoln - Bolero Bowling Center - on the south-west corner of the junction. Not a bowler myself, I've never been but I've heard from people from the US that it's OK.
 

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Eng. Roberto Pastoriza and Abraham Lincoln - Bolero Bowling Center - on the south-west corner of the junction. Not a bowler myself, I've never been but I've heard from people from the US that it's OK.

And i drive all the time on Ave Abr Lincoln....is this bowling center actually on Lincoln or is it on Roberto Pastoriza? I know the streets exactly but never recalled ever seeing a Bolero Bowling Center....is it hidden in a plaza? visible from the streets? :ermm:
thanks for the info! :)
 

waytogo

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I am making a note of this bowling alley.
Anyone else know of other bowling lanes throughout the island? Any in the capital area? :cheeky::bunny:

Also been to 1 in the capital. I don't remember the name but I do remember that you took an elevator up to get to it.
After 2 frames I left, it was absolutely disgusting. The lane areas where you slide and release the ball were not varnished at all. Worn from heavy usage. I literally fell on my face when "my" bowling shoes stuck to the floor and I did a cartwheel. Maybe they've cleaned up there act by now, but I won't return.
 

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The Sebelen family startede bowling here about thirty years ago, (Stealing an idea of mine!!) and the new alley in Santiago is just proof that it can fly...

While not a major sports occupation, it was in the Central American Games and there is a movement to get into the Pan Am Games...

HB
 

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The lanes at the bowling alley that Frank is talking about are pretty descent, modern and clean.
They are normal size and the lanes are polished so you can slide ok. The house balls are only adequate. If you use a 16 lb. like me...bring your own, they don't have any. They have a pro shop there that can drill you a new one if you desire. Very good snack bar inside with many types of food. They also run a special for twice the bowling time for the same price every week.
Have fun.....
I think we paid $RD500 for an hour of lane time for 4 of us. Not too bad. The lane balls are so-so. The snack bar has hot dogs (Nathans? Sabarette? National? I forget, but top quality) but are pricy.

The equipment looks like it was bought used from someplace in the states.

All-in-all, an OK experience. Would repeat.
 

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And i drive all the time on Ave Abr Lincoln....is this bowling center actually on Lincoln or is it on Roberto Pastoriza? I know the streets exactly but never recalled ever seeing a Bolero Bowling Center....is it hidden in a plaza? visible from the streets? :ermm:
thanks for the info! :)

If you're driving from north (Kennedy) to south (27 de febrero) on Lincoln you get to the junction with Roberto Pastoriza just before the intersection of Lincoln with Lope de Vega, you have the gas station on your left. The Sebelen Bowling Center is in the Bolera Center which is on the south east corner of Roberto Pastoriza and Lincoln to your right just across Pastoriza if you're at the traffic light
 

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The lanes at the bowling alley that Frank is talking about are pretty descent, modern and clean.
They are normal size and the lanes are polished so you can slide ok. The house balls are only adequate. If you use a 16 lb. like me...bring your own, they don't have any. They have a pro shop there that can drill you a new one if you desire. Very good snack bar inside with many types of food. They also run a special for twice the bowling time for the same price every week.
Have fun.....

Sounds like a great place for get together, how is the pricing of drinks?
 

Mr_DR

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I am glad to get a historical perspective on bowling in the DR, thanks Hillbilly! :)
See! I am glad people like bowling in DR, i knew I wasnt the only one! LOL :)
Thank you everyone for your input! :)

The DR bowling team competes internationally and I even think they were gold medal winners in the 2010 Central America and the Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, PR

Here is a link of the team training in Arlington Texas.
Bowl.com | Dominican bowling team trains at ITRC
 

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dominican bowling team in action

Here is the dominican bowl team training and having fun in Texas.
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