Welcome to PALBC

Welcome, novices and experts alike to the wonderful sport of English lawn bowls. Lawn bowling is easy to learn, very low cost, and provides gentle, healthy exercise and pleasant social company for people of all ages.

Every day thousands of people drive up and down Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto without realizing that tucked away behind the trees and hedge at Embarcadero Road and Cowper Street is one of the most charming lawn bowls facilities in California. We have been a part of the Palo Alto community since the 1930s. When the gates to the club are open, the  public is welcome to visit, watch games, and try bowling using club loaner bowls. All you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes that will not mark the grass. Club members from all corners of the world are often available to welcome visitors and explain the game.

Join the Spring Bowling Blast and Have Fun While Learning the Basics of Lawn Bowling

The Palo Alto LBC is once again offering an opportunity for complete beginners to learn the game of lawn bowling in a fun, and possibly rewarding, league format called the Bowling Blast. The popular spring Blast will run for five consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning March 22 through April 19 from 6-7:15 p.m.

The first week you will be introduced to the game and receive basic instructions and coaching from our club members. The following four weeks will run as a league with different teams formed each week. Your scores will be recorded, each bowler’s score tallied separately from week to week, and there will be prizes for the winners at the end of the five weeks.

You can register through the Palo Alto Recreation Department’s Enjoy Catalog, or email Frank Matyskiela . The cost is $20 for the five weekly classes. We hope you will join us and have a blast.

Drop-In Sundays

Here’s your chance to try bowling! We offer free beginning lawn bowling classes for newcomers every Sunday. Just drop in from 1:15 on and join other beginners to learn the fun and quirky sport of lawn bowling.

draw gameWe have all the equipment you need and our friendly volunteer coaches will get you rolling. Wear casual clothes and flat-soled shoes (no heels). Hats, visors, and sunglasses are recommended.


PALBC in the News

A crew from NBC came out for the draw on a lovely December day and interviewed several of our members.