Base bowling alleys improve quality of life

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Base bowling alleys improve quality of life

by: Shaina Marie Santos | .
Joint Region Edge | .
published: September 11, 2012

Orote Point Lanes on U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) and Gecko Lanes on Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) are available to meet recreational needs of service members and families.

According to Orote Point Lanes Manager Kelly Lizama, the mission of bowling alleys on base are to support military, dependents, retirees and Department of Defense personnel by offering a comfortable atmosphere for fun.

“We provide services that build teamwork within the unit, family get-togethers from the youngest child and parents in a safe environment,” he said. “(We) provide the same sentiments to each individual as if they are still at home.”

Gecko Lanes Manager Scott Ross echoed Lizama’s remarks and added that the mission of Gecko Lanes is also to provide a quality, safe and relaxing environment for guests to enjoy their down time.

“Gecko Lanes is a great place to unwind from a hard day and relieve a little stress,” Ross said. “It gives our customers an event that is fun and safe for the whole family.”

At Orote Point Lanes, open bowling is available for families, individuals and unit functions such as retirements, reenlistments and fundraisers, bowling parties, family parties and monthly tournaments. The facility boasts 16 lanes and rents out shoes to patrons for a fee of $1.50 per rental.

Gecko Lanes, with its 18 lanes, hosts regular events such as 9-pin-no-tap tournaments and Bowl Your Brains Out, which is an all-you-can-bowl event for one low price as well as youth leagues. Bowlers can rent shoes at the front desk, which are $1.50 for youth 12 years old and younger, and $2.50 for adults.

Snack bars available at both facilities add to base bowling appeal, serving favorites from burgers to pizzas to fuel bowlers’ energies.

From the beginner bowler to the more experienced and advanced competitors, base bowling alleys are fitted to meet patrons’ needs across the board.

“We also provide services in bowling ball repairs and drillings,” Lizama said. “We have a retail outlet for bowling accessories (and) we also give individual lessons with no charge.”

Games at Orote Point Lanes are $2.35 for active duty military and dependents, and $2.50 for DOD personnel, retirees and all others.

Orote Point Lanes is open for bowling Monday-Thursday from 4-10 p.m. and Friday–Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-midnight. On Sundays, the facility is open from 10:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.Games at Gecko Lanes are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for kids 12 years old and younger. The facility is open for bowling Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday from noon-11 p.m. and Sunday from noon-8 p.m.

For more information about Orote Point Lanes, call 564-1828. For more information about Gecko Lanes, call 366-5085.

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