History of Tenpin Bowling in the UK Part 81 – Fraser Bowl Central Way Glenrothes Fife

By Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association President John Ashbridge

The ten-lane, privately owned, Fraser Bowl opened on 6th August 1964 and was fitted with lanes and bowling equipment supplied by AMF. An application for membership of the Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association of Great Britain was submitted in September of 1964. It is believed that initially the centre became very popular with both, open-play and league bowling, but in October 1968 it was reported as being in the process of closure. It is not known if this happened as the centre was listed in the 1990  World of Tenpin Guide to Bowling Centres in the UK and Ireland which listed the centre as having Pathfinder synthetic lanes. The centre was still listed in the 2008/2009 Tenpin Directory although it is known that the Fraser Bowl closed sometime in 2009.

Brian Sands, who is well-known within the bowling industry in Scotland, subsequently purchased the building but the site remained dormant for several years, prompting queries about its long-term future.

By 2016 though and an extensive re-modelling, the centre reopened as Pro Bowl and part of a chain of three centres with Airdie and Kirkintilloch.