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This group of bowlers is more fair weather than those that like to stay indoors and knock down pins. The objective of this group is to waymark locations where some form of Bowls is played, whether it be lawn bowling or bocci or Pétanque any other local form. The location must be a permanent facility specifically for the sport.
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This waymark category records dedicated locations to the sport of lawn bowling, bocci, Pétanque or other forms of non-pin bowling. To waymark the category a photo of the location showing the links or signage indicating that that the game is played there.

Although the sport is primarily played outdoors there are a few locations where there is indoor play. Indoor locations require photos of permanently fixed signage showing that bowls (or local form) is played there.

History
The history of bowls, in some form or other, reaches well back into antiquity in various parts of the world, though its actual origin is still a matter of conjecture.

Sir Flinders Petrie, a well-known British Egyptologist, reported that during his excavations he found in the grave of a young Egyptian dating about 3200 BC. Among the artifacts, various rounded objects led him to believe that they were used for playing with by rolling them along the ground in a game similar to what we now call Bowls. From Egypt the game is thought to have spread to Greece and Rome.

The Romans played "Bocci", and that word is still used in Italy today. Without a doubt we can thank the Romans for introducing the game to England.

Forms of bowling are not restricted to Egypt. Stone Age excavations in other parts of the world have confirmed that some sort of game was played with rounded rocks which were rolled or bowled to a peg or other marker. Among other places, it was played by ancient Aztecs, North American Indians, in China, and in Polynesia.

Bowls in Britain
The two oldest British sports are archery and bowls, and in centuries past there was conflict between the two, mainly during periods of warfare or national strife. There is a positive recorded history of bowls having been played in England as far back as the 12th century, and it could well have been played much earlier than that.

The increasing popularity of bowls in the 14th century, and the fear by King and Parliament that the practice of archery was being neglected and that the effectiveness of the archers in battle or military operations would therefore be lowered, led to Statutes being passed restricting or forbidding such sports as bowls and tennis.

By the Act of 1541 artificers, labourers, apprentices, husbandmen, servants or serving-men, and other "low-born" people, were specifically forbidden from taking part in the game of bowls, except at Christmas. Heavy monetary fines were provided as penalties for non-observance of the Law.

However, licenses or permits were granted to some of the larger and more influential landowners to allow them to play on their own greens. In 1555, 14 years later, in the reign of Queen Mary, these licenses were withdrawn on the grounds that the game of bowls was being used as an excuse for "unlawful assemblies, conventiclers, seditions, and conspiracies".

In the 19th century the law banning bowls was apparently largely overlooked, and at the least it was not rigorously enforced. Many of the inns had bowling greens, presumably as an amenity to attract customers, and these probably helped the game to survive.

Bring in the Scots
As with golf, the game of Bowls, with more or less the same world-wide Laws, owes its existence to the Scots.

Following on a meeting in Glasgow in 1848, attended by about two hundred players from various clubs all with different Laws for playing the game, W.W. Mitchell of Glasgow, drew up a "uniform code of Laws", and these are the basis of all subsequent Laws.

Bowls Today
Outdoor Bowls is usually played on a 35-40 metre flat grassed (or artificial grassed) surface called the green. The green is divided into playing areas called rinks which are about 5 metres wide and the length of the green. (Bowls played indoors is usually played on a flat carpeted surface similarly set out and divided as the outdoor green.)

Players deliver their bowls alternately from a mat at one end on the centerline of the rink, towards a small white ball called the jack at the other end placed on the centerline. Bowls (which weigh about 1.5 kg each) are shaped so that they do not run in a straight line, but take a curved path (bias) towards the jack. Therefore, a bowl can be delivered either forehand or backhand.

The aim of the game is to get one or more bowls closer to the jack than those (the closest bowl) of the opposition one point is scored for each counting bowl. After playing all the bowls in one direction, and agreeing the score, the direction of play is reversed the next end is played back down the rink in the opposite direction. Every game consists of a series of ends and the winner can either be the one who has scored the most shots after a specified number of ends or the first to reach a designated score.

The World Bowls Board includes over forty member countries.

Varations on the Game

In France, the casual form of the game of Pétanque a game very similar to bowls is played by about 17 million people.

Please keep the category officers informed on additional variations of the game - remember non-pin games please.

Instructions for Posting a Lawn Bowling Waymark:
Please provide a photo of the lawn (playing surface) and and please capture a photo of the sign for the club as well. If you are marking a permanent indoor facility only the building sign photo is required with additional back up researched from your visit or the web.

Please name your waymark: Name - City and State.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
A new photo of the location. Bonus points with players. Point deductions for including a GPS in the photo...please don't.
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Image for Waterfront Park Bocce Courts - Martinez, CAview gallery

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Lawn Bowling Waterfront Park Bocce Courts - Martinez, CA

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A large bocce area in Waterfront Park. There are several courts here.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 3/23/2011

last visited: never

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SS16.3 km

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Lawn Bowling Berkeley's Lawn Bowling Green

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Lawn Bowling Green at Acton Street and Bancroft Way

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Squirreleen

location: California

date approved: 5/19/2008

last visited: never

Image for Civic Center Petanque Court - San Rafael, CAview gallery

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Lawn Bowling Civic Center Petanque Court - San Rafael, CA

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A petanque court at the Marin County Civic Center. The court is next to a nice park and a lake.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 12/17/2008

last visited: 12/24/2008

Image for Oakland Lawn Bowling Club - Oakland, CAview gallery

SS22.9 km

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Lawn Bowling Oakland Lawn Bowling Club - Oakland, CA

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The Oakland Lawn Bowling Club is located at Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland. The club has three lawns to play on.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 12/13/2011

last visited: never

Image for John J Di Massio Bocce Ball Courts - San Francisco, CAview gallery

SWSW25.4 km

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Lawn Bowling John J Di Massio Bocce Ball Courts - San Francisco, CA

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Two dirt bocce rinks behind the North Beach Library branch in San Francisco.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 3/29/2009

last visited: 7/12/2009

Image for Newhall Park Bocce Courts - Concord, CAview gallery

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Lawn Bowling Newhall Park Bocce Courts - Concord, CA

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A large bocce area in Newhall Park in Concord, CA. There are 8 courts here.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 2/27/2011

last visited: never

Image for John Ratto Bocce Courts - Alameda, CAview gallery

SS28.8 km

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Lawn Bowling John Ratto Bocce Courts - Alameda, CA

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Two bocce ball courts in Lincoln Park in Alameda, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 11/20/2013

last visited: never

Image for Livorna Park Bocce Courts - Alamo, CAview gallery

SESE29.1 km

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Lawn Bowling Livorna Park Bocce Courts - Alamo, CA

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Two bocce courts at Livorna Park in Alamo, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 2/16/2018

last visited: never

Image for San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club - San Francisco, CAview gallery

SWSW30.6 km

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Lawn Bowling San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club - San Francisco, CA

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A lawn bowling club in Golden Gate Park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 11/20/2008

last visited: 3/18/2009

Image for Pétanque court - Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CAview gallery

SWSW32.2 km

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Lawn Bowling Pétanque court - Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA

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A Pétanque court in Golden Gate Park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 11/20/2008

last visited: 12/24/2008

Image for Ipsen Family Bocce Park - Clayton, CAview gallery

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Lawn Bowling Ipsen Family Bocce Park - Clayton, CA

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A bocce court in downtown Clayton, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 10/10/2019

last visited: never

Image for Crocker-Amazon Bocci Courts - San Francisco, CAview gallery

SS35.1 km

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Lawn Bowling Crocker-Amazon Bocci Courts - San Francisco, CA

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There are two clay-style bocci courts in Crocker-Amazon Park in San Francisco, California.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: California

date approved: 8/4/2012

last visited: never

Image for Sycamore Valley  Park Bocce Courts - Danville, CAview gallery

SESE38.1 km

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Lawn Bowling Sycamore Valley Park Bocce Courts - Danville, CA

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Four bocce ball courts in Sycamore Valley Park in Danville, CA. These courts are by the playground. They're partially covered with benches around the courts.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 12/25/2010

last visited: never

Image for Adobe Park Bocce Courts  - Castro Valley, CAview gallery

SESE39.8 km

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Lawn Bowling Adobe Park Bocce Courts - Castro Valley, CA

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Two bocce courts in Adobe Park in Castro Valley, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 10/8/2011

last visited: never

Image for Memorial Park Bocce Court - San Ramon, CAview gallery

SESE40.1 km

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Lawn Bowling Memorial Park Bocce Court - San Ramon, CA

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A single court in Memorial Park in San Ramon, CA. This is a simple court with only a few benches around it.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 12/25/2010

last visited: never

Image for Chichibu Park Bocce Ball Court - Antioch, CAview gallery

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Lawn Bowling Chichibu Park Bocce Ball Court - Antioch, CA

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Bocce ball courts at Chichibu Park in Antioch, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 8/25/2014

last visited: never

Image for San Ramon Senior Center Bocce Courts - San Ramon, CAview gallery

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Lawn Bowling San Ramon Senior Center Bocce Courts - San Ramon, CA

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Several courts outside the San Ramon Senior Center in San Ramon, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 12/5/2012

last visited: never

Image for Ramona Park Bocce Courts - San Ramon, CAview gallery

SESE46.2 km

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Lawn Bowling Ramona Park Bocce Courts - San Ramon, CA

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Two courts in Ramona Park in San Ramon, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 12/5/2012

last visited: never

Image for Leo Ryan Park Bocce Ball Court - Foster City, CAview gallery

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Lawn Bowling Leo Ryan Park Bocce Ball Court - Foster City, CA

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A two lane bocce court in Leo Ryan Park in downtown Foster City. The courts provide a great view of the local man-made lake.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 3/15/2010

last visited: 10/26/2010

Image for Veterans Park  Bocce Courts - Brentwood, CAview gallery

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Lawn Bowling Veterans Park Bocce Courts - Brentwood, CA

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Four courts at Veterans Park in Brentwood, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 5/14/2014

last visited: never

Image for Beresford Park Bocce Courts - San Mateo, CAview gallery

SS52.8 km

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Lawn Bowling Beresford Park Bocce Courts - San Mateo, CA

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Two bocce ball rinks at Beresford Park in San Mateo, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 7/11/2012

last visited: never

Image for Senior Center Bocce Courts - Pleasanton, CAview gallery

SESE54.1 km

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Lawn Bowling Senior Center Bocce Courts - Pleasanton, CA

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A bocce courtyard at the Senior Center in Pleasanton, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 11/28/2012

last visited: never

Image for Bothwell Park Bocce Court - Livermore, CAview gallery

SESE59.7 km

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Lawn Bowling Bothwell Park Bocce Court - Livermore, CA

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Two bocce courts at Bothwell Park in Livermore, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 1/18/2019

last visited: never

Image for Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club - Palo Alto, CAview gallery

SS64.9 km

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Lawn Bowling Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club - Palo Alto, CA

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The Palo Alto lawn bowls club is located off of Embarcadero.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 11/30/2010

last visited: never

Image for Tom Evatt Park Bocce Courts - Milpitas, CAview gallery

SESE70.8 km

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Lawn Bowling Tom Evatt Park Bocce Courts - Milpitas, CA

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Two bocce court in a park in Milpitas.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 12/18/2010

last visited: never

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