Find out more about us. We are local, born and bred. The same family has owned this venue in Tweed Heads since 1974.
Find out more about us. Where we are and what we are about.
One of the great things about us is that we know Tweed Heads / Coolangatta, because we have lived here all our lives. If there is anything you want to know, about bowling, or even about the town, just ask us.
The building’s construction started in 1963 on the site of the old Empire Theatre. Empire Lane next door is named after the theatre. The building is a custom designed, dedicated bowling centre by AMF Bowling Center Holdings (BCH) with Rock Maple timber lanes, manual scoring and the facility also featured AMF82-30 automatic pinsetters.
In 1974 Biggs & Sons Pty Ltd purchased the building which they intended to re-purpose into a furniture showroom / warehouse. However, they took the decision to keep it operating as Sunshine Bowl. Don and Bob Biggs made a trip to Japan in the early 80’s to purchase the current AMF82-70 pinsetters. These machines were imported and reconditioned before being put into service. This proved to be such a success that it was repeated to create both Suncity Tenpin and Lismore Tenpin.
When a competing venue was opened in Burleigh Heads, it featured automatic scoring and thus the decision was made to investigate the possibility of manufacturing our own. The resulting system is Computer Score which has grown to be the most commonly used scoring system in the country. Computer Score also exports systems to the USA, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa and several other countries around the world. It is currently in operation in over 400 bowling centres worldwide.
Following the growth of Computer Score, the bowling busines was leased to AusBowl from approx 1989 to 1996. However, Paul and Vanessa Biggs purchased the bowling business back in 1996 and renamed it to Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin. Paul is the second generation of the Biggs family to operate the bowl and has 40+ years in the tenpin bowling industry.