Now that the weather is getting warmer (theoretically), I find myself spending more and more time in Golden Gate Park. I am always amazed by the plethora of activities that are available within the park. There's an archery range, horse shoe pit, squash court, and as I recently discovered, lawn bowling greens.
Being a bowling champion at the Santa Cruz Surf Bowl, circa 1995, I thought I had a complete knowledge of the sport. Turns out, lawn bowling has limited similarities to lane bowling. I dont think my highest handicap series ribbon would impress these white robed, unwaveringly focused Bowlers of the Lawn. Either way, I was happy to spend some time watching and photographing a sport that has so much history in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club was founded in 1901 and was the first lawn bowling green in the United States.
Members wear all-white clothes during its monthly socials and during tournaments. On all other days members are welcome to wear any clothes they want (except after Labor Day... just kidding).
The bowling greens are located near Sharon Meadow and the carousel. You can watch lawn bowlers in action most Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Free lessons are offered on Wednesday at noon (weather permitting) and by appointment most weekends by calling (415) 487-8787.