on the South Coast
Lawn Bowls - South Coast NSW
Bowls is an ancient game. In 1788, when Captain Cook landed on the Sandwich Islands he found that the natives were playing a game with rounded balls. What these balls were made of is not documented.
It is also known that the Maoris of New Zealand played a game similar to bowls, prior to the arrival of Europeans. It is documented that lawn bowls was played in England as early as the 12th Century. Most likely bowls was being played there much earlier than this. From the 15th Century on balls made of ash, oak, holly, and boxwood were being used by English bowlers.
And... here's another interesting piece of bowls history: Various kings of England banned the game of bowls because its popularity began to interfere with the practice of archery, an important activity that was used to protect the country.
Lawn Bowls on the South Coast of NSW
Bowlers visiting the South Coast can enjoy a smorgasbord of Bowling Clubs [see list below].
Visitors are always welcome at the local clubs and members are more than happy to induct first timers into the delights of a game of bowls. All clubs offer opportunities for competitive and social bowlers and most have restaurants and bistros for visitors.
Most clubs are organized with a ladies bowls clubs and a mens' bowls club. Various events are played ranging from social bowls, including jackpot social bowls with mufti dress rules, twilight bowls, mixed social bowls and mixed bowls, right through to senior bowls and championship pennants with dress uniform/creams.
The main regions for Lawn Bowls on the South Coast are:
Albion Park Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd
Austinmer Bowling Club
Corrimal Bowling Club Ltd.
Dapto Bowling Club
Dapto Citizens Bowling Club
Engadine Bowling & Recreation Club
Fairy Meadow Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd.
Helensburgh Bowling Club
Kembla Heights Bowling Club
Thirroul Bowling Club Ltd
Thirroul Bowling Leagues & Recreation Club Ltd.
Warilla Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd
Windang Bowls Club Ltd.
Wollongong RSL Bowling Club Ltd.
Woonona Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd.
Woonona-Bulli RSL Memorial Club Ltd.
Jamberoo Bowling Club
Kiama Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd.
Lawn Bowls Shellharbour
Shellharbour Bowls & Recreation Club Ltd.
Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen's Bowling Club
Berry Bowling Club
Bomaderry Bowling Club
Culburra Bowling Club
Gerringong Bowling & Recreation Club
Huskisson Bowling Club Ltd.
Kangaroo Valley Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd.
Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club
Mollymook Bowling Club
Nowra Bowling & Recreation Club
Sussex Inlet Bowling Club Ltd
Batemans Bay Bowling & Recreation Club The Batemans Bay Bowling & Recreation Club. is just a short stroll from the centre of beautiful Batemans Bay on the South Coast of NSW.The club features 4 excellent bowling greens, with two greens now under lights. The Bay Bridge Bistro is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and provides an extensive bistro menu. BBQ facilities available for a get together and a game of bowls. You can also enjoy a game of bingo, watch a game of cricket or rugby league on the oval next door. The Sports bar features full TAB facilities and with fully catered function rooms and an auditorium, the Bay Bowlo caters for social events, dances, concerts, weddings, private and corporate functions and conventions.
Malua Bay Bowling Club
Tomago Bowling & Sporting Club Co-op Ltd. The club website explains that “The Tomakin Men's Bowling Club is extremely social, welcoming visitors with genuine hospitality rarely found elsewhere. On Mondays and Thursdays [the men] play 21 ends of triples, in mufti, with cards being called at 1:00pm”. Our Ladies are very friendly, welcoming visitors to join them for a morning of bowls and fellowship. On Tuesdays we play 21 ends of triples, in creams with cards being called at 10:30am.Mixed Social Bowls 21 ends of triples are played, in mufti, with cards being called at 1:00pm. Put your name on the sheet in the bowls section or phone the bowls office on 4471 7323 for more information”.
Tomakin Sports & Social Club Ltd.
Moruya Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd.,
Tuross Head Country Bowling Club
Dalmeny Bowling Club
Narooma Sporting & Services Bowling Club
The Bodalla Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd. is renowned for its genuine country atmosphere and its Chinese restaurant which is arguably regarded by many as the best Chinese restaurant in the region.
Bega Valley and Sapphire Coast
Bega Bowling Club
Bega RSL Memorial Bowling Club
Bermagui Bowling Club
Candelo-Kameruka Bowling Club Ltd.
Eden Fisherman's Bowling Club
Merimbula-Imlay Bowling Club
Tathra Beach Bowling Club Ltd.
Tura Beach Country Club
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Sapphire Coast, Bermagui to Eden