Hometown: Richland Hills
Filed Under: You'll need an extra large room; not just for the board, but for all the folks elbowing in to play.
Overview: Line of commercial-grade and highly customizable shuffleboards that are equally at home at the tavern up the street as they are in your extra (long) space upstairs. Champion's sole focus is on manufacturing the highest quality shuffleboards (plus accessories), which they make themselves at their expansive factory in Richland Hills, Texas. Shuffleboard factories are expansive by necessity, of course; but theirs is also the result of Champion being the top shuffleboard maker in America
Appreciate: The innovations by Champion Shuffleboard, not the least of which is their unique "Lifetime Polymer" coating. Don't overlook this when shopping for shuffleboards: Champion applies a special 1/4" thick coat of special polymer to their beautiful maple playing surfaces. Because of this, Champion shuffleboards don't need sanding and refinishing every year, like boards from other manufacturers do. Rightly so, Champion is also proud of their "Handicap Scoring", a patented competition feature that allows fast-play games (which is good for businesses with a coin-operated board) and also helps the inexperienced compete with more seasoned shufflers. And still another innovation worth talking about: Champion's "talking" scoring unit, which offers fun (cheers and boos) sound effects while displaying key game information, as in, who has more points than who
Know: Champion Shuffleboard offers about 12 different models, with our favorites being the Vintage Charleston and the Madison (shown, above, with optional scoreboard). The Vintage Charleston has old-school art-deco accents that reflect the period style of the 1940's, when the first-ever shuffleboards were built. The Charleston is a smart option for a casual yet still stylish game room. For something a little more Park Avenue, consider the Madison. It has ornate Queen Ann legs (think legs of a table, not legs of a lady), rope accents, and other details in the woodwork that signal it's just not just a gameboard; it's a furnitureboard
Special Comments: Shuffleboard isn't much fun without pucks, speed powder, and other game essentials, and for those items you'll need to see Champion Shuffleboard's bright little subsidiary, Sun-Glo; link below
Cost: As an example, $7,000+ for The Madison shown above