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If you are coming from the west on Willow Street, you will see a large green sign for the club on the tennis courts fence on your right. The San Jose Lawn Bowling Club is located in Bramhall Park on Camino Ramon. Park on Camino Ramon near the intersection with Britton Ave. You should clearly see the bowling green from Camino Ramon.
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Entrance to the green
This lawn bowling club started in 1966 and has over 70 members. On Saturday and Sundays, they have open play and free lessons with snacks like cookies and low-fat popcorn as well as coffee and other drinks. Membership gives you a key to access the shed where all the bowling supplies are located so you can play whenever you want. If you are competitive, you can take part in the tournaments at various locations in the Bay Area. They have a list of all the tournaments readily available.
Snacks and beverages SJLBC sign
Clubs in the tournaments List of all tournaments
I visited the club on a Sunday when it is less crowded, received a personal lesson including the rules, techniques and terminology from the experts and then played a game. They have an assortment of differently sized and weight bowls (~ three pounds). You choose the correctly sized bowl by wrapping your hand around it. If it fits, use it!
Hand wrap Bowls
The club members are a casual and friendly group of energetic older men and women.
I met one avid player who was over 90 years old. The San Jose Lawn Bowling Club is also proud to have Gary on their team, who is a world champion lawn bowler.
Club members in action
Here are a couple of very short videos showing two of the club members in action!
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