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 Now Open for Play

After being closed for six weeks of maintenance work, the green has reopened for summer bowling.

Summer bowling hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to drop in on Sunday afternoons to learn the game by playing with experienced bowlers. White attire is not required.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes before games begin to form teams or call ahead to (650) 323-2575 to let us know you would like to play.

Informal draw games are open to all club members.

Summer Blast 2016Summer Bowling Blast Starts July 20

The Blast is our club program that gives newcomers a chance to try bowling for the first time and learn the game by entering a low-key, informal tournament. The first week is an introduction to the game and the following four weeks everyone participates in games, with each bowler accumulating points from week to week. This is a great way to meet club members, get some fresh air, and enjoy the relaxing sport of lawn bowling in a beautiful setting. For more information and to sign up, contact Ginger Harris.

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.