Tenpin

The Tenpin Section has 6 synthetic lanes and approaches. These lanes are fully automated, are sanctioned by the British Tenpin Bowling Association, and are cleaned and dressed on a daily basis to ensure players have optimum playing conditions. For younger or less experienced tenpin players automatic bumpers are available to keep the balls on the lanes and keep players’ enthusiasm up until more proficiency is gained.

Basic and comprehensive rules on the game of tenpin are available at the kiosk. Please feel free to read through these if you are new to tenpin bowling.

Members are encouraged to join any of the several adult and / or junior tenpin leagues, which play on most evenings, some afternoons and at weekends – so you should be able to find at least one that suits. Details of these are posted on the notice boards. Alternatively please phone Ronnie or Anne Bennett on 0131 334 4545 (tenpin) or Jim Doig on 07802 155624 (junior tenpin) for further details. Our leagues are always on the lookout for new players of any standard from beginner up to international class. Please note: non-members are not permitted to participate in tenpin leagues.

However, you do not need to join a tenpin league, as social bowling is actively encouraged in the club. We run fun tournaments throughout the year and we would love you to participate in these. Details of these events are advertised periodically on the notice boards and on this site.

We also have locker facilities for those members who wish to store their own tenpin equipment at the club, though these are generally in short supply. Should you wish to have a locker please contact the Club secretary by email at thesecretary@murrayfieldindoorsportsclub.co.uk or drop a note in the Club's office mail box.  If no locker is available your name will be put on the waiting list.

Tenpin Prices

  Adult Junior
Monday to Wednesday to 5pm  £0.50 £0.50
Thursday to Saturday to 5pm £1.00 £1.00
Monday to Friday after 5pm £2.00 £1.00
Sunday to 5pm £2.00 £1.00
Saturday and Sunday after 5pm £1.50 £1.00
League Games £2.00 £2.00
Shoe Hire £0.50 £0.50

We also have weekend specials, whereby you can play two hours of tenpin for £5 per lane at set times of the day. Please ask at the Kiosk for details.

History of Tenpin

Tenpin bowling can trace it's roots back to Egypt, with the Egyptians first throwing balls at sticks nearly 3000 years ago, but the actual tenpin bowling game can trace it's origins from Germany.

In Germany, in a town called Kegal, a nine skittle game was popular, and spread across the continent and throughout America. However, local councils, working in conjunction with the church - who were against gatherings of people in large numbers – banned nine pin bowling.

However, tenpin bowling wasn't banned, so instead of bowling at a nine pin diamond, the game was changed to bowl at a ten pin triangle.

Bowling really grew in popularity after the Second World War, with the invention of automated pinsetters. As a result, bowling alleys were now cheap and easy to open, and began springing up all over America and Europe.

Nowadays bowling has become better and easier with automatic scoring and the option to play some different variations of the original game, as well as the option for bumpers for not so good players, all of these features which the Club possesses. All in all, it's a safe, family, fun game for all!