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Clearwater Lawn Bowling Club

Established in 1924

A 501(c) Nonprofit Organization


Clearwater Lawn Bowls Club was established in February 1924 and has been operating continuously ever since. Our club has had many successes including multiple regional and national champions. We have two greens which allow up to 22 games to played simultaneously. The spacious clubhouse has locker rooms, an accessible bathroom, a full kitchen and a large event area with tables and chairs.

 

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Looking for a new challenge?

Do you enjoy outdoor activities?

Need some light exercise?

Want to make new friends?

Lawn bowling (or bowls) is a sport that all ages can enjoy. The aim of the game is to have your bowl (or bowls) closest to the target (the Jack). It is not as easy as it sounds because the Jack can be up to 130 feet away and the bowls don’t roll straight!

Bowls is enjoyed by men and women, all over the world and is unique, in that, men and women play bowls on an equal basis. The game relies on skill and strategy rather than physical strength.

Want to try lawn bowls? All you need is a pair of flat soled shoes, and you're on your way. We will provide everything else you need to get started.

We welcome all visitors. Drop by to see how the game is played and give it a try!

Hours

 Tuesday9:30am-NoonAll hours are "weather permitting"
 Thursday9:30am-Noon
 Saturday9:30am-Noon
 Sunday1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the above starting times for check in and team selection.
  • Shoes with flat soles (tennis shoes) are mandatory for all bowling.
  • New bowlers are welcome at all daily bowling sessions!
  • Free instruction is provided and free use of club bowls on all visits.

Directions

We are located 1.5 miles north of downtown Clearwater, just east of N. Fort Harrison Ave and just south of Sunset Point Road.

Our address is

1040 Calumet Street,
Clearwater FL 33755

There is ample free parking at the club.

For those on public transport, there are Jolley Trolley and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) bus stops on Fort Harrison Street, only 300 yards from the club.

Night Lawn Bowling

We are looking for players for a fun night of Lawn Bowling, music and laughs at our Clearwater Lawn Bowling Club, on the border of Dunedin and Clearwater.

Fun and laughs at night bowls

So if your looking for something to do for a DATE NIGHT, BIRTHDAY, TEAM BUILDING, SOME FUN WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY, GROUP EVENT, or JUST TRY SOMETHING NEW then this is for you! This is a great low impact challenge for ages 8 and up.

We provide all the equipment and instruction to get you started. However, we do request you wear flat soled or light tread shoes (to protect the greens).

Fun and laughs at night bowls

Can you move the jack on your first roll?



LOCATION:1040 Calumet St, CLEARWATER, FL 33755
PRICE:$10 Per Player - Snacks, water and soda available for purchase.
AGE:8 and Up
TIME:7:00PM-9:00PM (Arrive by 6:45PM).

Dates Available to Reserve

Reservations are required as space is limited.

To reserve your spot, click here.

If you have any questions please email us at: NightLawnBowls@yahoo.com. For larger groups or special occasions please email us at NightLawnBowls@yahoo.com so we can discuss how we can accommodate your party.

The Game

How to Play - An Overview

Lawn bowls is an outdoor game in which a ball (known as a bowl) is rolled toward a smaller stationary ball, called a jack. The object is to roll your bowls so that they come to rest nearer to the jack than those of an opponent; this is sometimes achieved by knocking aside an opponent's bowl or the jack. The bowls are not exactly symmetrical- one side is more rounded than the other, causing the bowl to curve to one side as it slows down. This is referred to as the "bias" of the bowl.

Bowls at rest

The game takes place on a large rectangle called a green. Our green has an artificial surface instead of grass, and it is divided into rinks which are each 14 feet wide. Four types of games can be played:

Play

To begin play, a jack is rolled to the opposite end of the rink.

Then players take turns rolling their bowls, trying to get close to the jack or to knock an opponent's bowl away from the jack. Each player's bowls are distinguished by color and by a unique design on the side. When all bowls have been played by both teams, an "end" has been played. Before play begins, the number of ends to be played is decided, with 10, 12 or 14 being the most common.

Scoring

The bowl closest to the target jack bowl is called "the shot" and it scores one point. If the second closest bowl is from the same team, another point is scored. If the third closest bowl is from the other team, scoring is over since an opponent's bowl is now the next closest to the jack. In this example, the team that had the shot gets two points for this end.

Only one team earns points on each end. The team with the highest number of points at the completion of the specified number of ends is the winner.

Personal Equipment

  • Shoes: All you need is a pair of flat (no heel) smooth soled shoes so that you do not mark the green. Tennis shoes are ideal, as are many walking shoes. As a new bowler, this is the only must-have equipment item.
  • Clothing: Any comfortable clothing will suffice. For many tournaments, matching club shirts are usually required and shorts are fine, which the old Scots never would have worn. Sometimes white clothing is worn to help preserve the old traditions of the game. Because of the heat and glare, a hat or visor is definitely a necessity for most bowlers in Florida.
  • Bowls: For beginners and visitors, our club maintains a stock of bowls you may borrow at no charge. But as you play more regularly, you might want your own personal set that you can enjoy, maintain, and roll predictably. Each set of four bowls has a unique logo or pattern on them so you can identify your bowls during the game. One set of bowls will last you ten or more years with just the basics of maintenance and proper storage in their carrying case.
  • Measure/Chalk: Special tape measures exist resolve those close calls, as well as spray chalk to mark bowls that touched the jack.

Club Equipment

  • Jack: That little white ball we roll first and spend all our efforts chasing thereafter.
  • Mat: The starting point for every roll of a bowl.
  • Markers: These vary from club to club, but they are generally white or yellow to mark the boundaries and center of rinks in use that day.
  • Scoreboard: Traditional as it is, we all enjoy putting the scores up on old-fashioned chalk blackboards.
  • The Green: The playing surface itself is carefully maintained in all cases. Please always treat the green surface with the utmost care.

Instruction

Instruction and bowls are available to new bowlers, free of charge.

Costs

(All prices include 7% sales tax)

Daily bowling rate for non-members is $10 and $5 for juniors.

Annual Membership*:$200(October 1 to September 30)
Monthly Membership:$75 
Junior (17 and under) Membership:$25(October 1 to September 30)
Social Membership:$25(October 1 to September 30)
Summer Membership:$50(May 1 to September 30)

* Membership is prorated for new members

If new first time members don't want to pay your dues all at once...

  • Daily fees within the same month can apply toward the monthly rate. For example, if you bowl 7 times in January, you only have to pay $5 for your 8th time in January for a total of $75. You now have a monthly membership for January which allows you to bowl until January 31 at no extra cost!
  • Monthly rates can be applied toward an annual membership. If you have paid for two monthly memberships ($75+$75), your payment the third month would only be $50, for a total of $200 which is the annual membership fee. So then you could bowl until September 30 at no extra cost!

All payment programs are only valid within the same membership year.

Note: All participants in Southeast Division Tournaments must be a member of Bowls USA and the Southeast Division (if a resident in the Southeast Division for more than 30 days). Residents of less than 30 days must be a member of Bowls USA or World Bowls.

Our Sponsors

We thank our sponsors for their generous support of our club.


Platinum

You or your business can be listed as our platinum sponsor.

Diamond

Please contact us for more information on becoming a sponsor 727 641 9144
or email us at clearwaterlawnbowlingclub@yahoo.com

Gold

Sponsor donations are used for operating expenses
and to reach our goal of installing LED lights on the greens.

Silver



Pearce's Plumbing Services
(727) 307 0502
facebook.com/people/Pearces-Plumbing-Services

Bronze



Jerome's Cafe & Bakery
727 474 6313
2475 N. McMullen Booth Road, Suite D, (SW corner of McMullen Booth and Enterprise) Clearwater Fl
www.jeromescafebakery.com


PureVu Window Cleaning
(855) 478 7388
purevuwindowcleaning.com `


Clearwater Jolley Trolley
(727) 445 1200
www.clearwaterjolleytrolley.com
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Charlie's Car Care
(727) 559 0110
1519 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater
www.autorepairinclearwater.net
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The Belleview Inn
(727) 441 1774
25 Belleview Blvd, Belleair
www.thebelleviewinn.com
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PDQ Clearwater
(727) 362 1006
2181 Gulf to Bay Blvd Clearwater
(SW corner of Belcher and Gulf to Bay)
www.eatpdq.com/locations/clearwater
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Dr John Savidakis, Jr
(727) 796 1490
2701 PArk Drive and S.R. 580
(Just west of Countryside Mall)
www.drjohnpodiatry.com
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Upcoming Events

2023/2024 Season Tournaments - TBA

All participants in Southeast Division Tournaments must be a member of Bowls USA and the Southeast Division (if resident in the Southeast Division for more than 30 days).Residents of less than 30 days must be a member of Bowls USA or World Bowls.

Click/Tap Tournament for information Conditions of Play and registration


Bowls USA Southeast Division Event/Tornament Calendar

Resources

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Club Officers

President:Ellen O'Donnell
Vice President:Dick Judycki
Secretary:Dave Cooper
Co-Treasurers:Dick Judycki
Ellen O'Donnell
Directors:Alice Dunkley
June Paciga
Michelle Johnston
Andrew Johnston

Committee Chairpersons

Greens:Dick Judycki
Tournaments:June Paciga
Landscaping:Marina Rehn
Bob Rehn
Trophies Keys:Bruce Miller
City Liaison:Ellen O'Donnell
SED Delegate:Bob Rehn
Social Media:Michelle Johnston

Contact

Clearwater Lawn Bowls Club
1040 Calumet Street (map)
Clearwater, Florida 33755
Call or text 727-641-9144

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