People having fun in these three sporting spaces may take the game seriously, but they also love sharing it with those who have more of a casual interest. So dust off your sweatband, put on your game face and get ready for some friendly competition. Because sometimes, it really is all fun and games.
BOWLING If you can’t remember the last time you’ve bowled a strike it may be time to visit the newly renovated Country Club Bowl. With 40 lanes, an arcade, and upgrades like plush leather seating and new floors, there’s lots to do that will make you feel like a kid again. To top it off, the alley has some killer deals. Monday and Wednesday Strike Nights starting after 8 p.m. offer games that cost a whopping $2.75, plus $4 shoe rentals. Or if you’re more of a Tuesday and Sunday night owl, there’s Quarter Mania after 7 p.m., with a $7 cover: a game and rental shoes cost five quarters per person and a slice of pizza is $1. 88
Vivian Street, San Rafael, bowlmarin.com
TABLE TENNIS You don’t have to be Forrest Gump to score a table at Marin Table Tennis Club. Every Thursday night from 6 to 10 p.m., the adultsonly club offers everyone from beginners to advanced grand slammers a place at the table. For $6 you can drop in ($5 for Sausalito residents) to this 3,200-square-foot gym that offers six tournament-quality butterfly tabletops. Paddles and balls provided.
MLK Gym, 610 Coloma Street, Sausalito, marintabletennis.org
ARCHERY Hidden away in Miwok Park up a 100-yard dirt road, Northwoods Bowmen’s Club is not an easy target to find. Founded in 1954, the club with its 4,500-square-foot indoor range is predominantly members only, but open shoot on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. allows everyone interested in channeling their inner Katniss to try their hand at archery. The intimate space can accommodate up to 16 shooters, and the president of the club Keith Leisten will teach you everything you need to know about bows, arrows and quivers.
122 Olivia Court, Novato, northwoodsbowmensclub.org