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.

Bowling Green Closed for Six Weeks Starting May 2

Every other year the City of Palo Alto needs to close our green for maintenance. This is for aerating, verti-cutting, reseeding, fertilizing, and adding sand to the green. We will be closed for bowling for six weeks to ensure the new seed has enough time to root. We hope to reopen in mid-June and will keep you posted as the work progresses.

During the closure, members can stop by the clubhouse to relax, have a beverage and a snack while watching baseball on TV, or do a little carpet bowling and use the bowling ramp to work on delivery. Three nonbowling events are also scheduled during the closure. See the Wicks for more information.

Bowling Blast Introduces New Bowlers to the Game

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Blast participants Grady Kase, Carol Bogarous, Susan Robertson, and Carrie Chiang. Not pictured: Ken Kase and Chris Angelini.

The Blast is our club program that gives beginners a chance to learn the game by entering a tournament. The first week of the program is an introduction to the game and the following four weeks are games, with each bowler accumulating points from week to week. Six new bowlers participated in our Spring blast including four new bowlers: Carol Bogarous, Chris Angelini, and Grady and Ken Kase. Two novice club members, Susan Robertson and Carrie Chiang, also joined the group. We are happy to see that three of the new participants are friends of current members.

Bowling Hours

Informal draw games are open to all club members.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes before games start to form teams or call ahead to (650) 323-2575 to let us know you would like to play. White attire is not required at draw games.

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.