The history of lawn bowling is not completely known, but there is evidence that the ancient Romans and Egyptians played a similar game. The more modern version of the game evolved in the British Isles. It is played around the world as a sport as well as for recreation.

In 16th century England, King Henry VIII banned the game for the commoners because it was a distraction from work. The ban was lifted a couple of centuries later so that all could enjoy the game once again. The object of the game is to roll your “bowl” (three to four-pound ball about the size of a grapefruit) towards the target ball called a “jack” (small round white ball) across the green, coming closer than your opponent. The challenge is that the bowls are not round. They are shaped with a bias, causing the bowl to turn from right to left or left to right, depending on how you roll them. The distance of the jack changes on each “end”, forcing you to judge speed and trajectory on each roll. The individual or team with the closest bowls score points. An average game lasts about one and half hours.

The Village Green Bowls Club was established in 1978 and is the only lawn bowling facility in the surrounding states. We are open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Oct-Apr (temp above 45 degrees), and Mondays, Wednesdays, and and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. May-Sep for open bowling. No appointment is necessary, and equipment and instruction are provided free of charge. It can be played by all ages. Three Free Lessons are offered before you decide to join.

The Village Green Bowls Club is located off DeSoto on Toledo Drive, across from the Dog Park. Stop by and give it a try! Also, visit our website at: to see photos and videos.

Come and visit us at our open house on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and this is a great day to come and check us out! (See flyer below.)

Hot Springs Village Lawn Bowling Club Open House Flyer

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Article and images submitted by Cheyenne Benbow, Village Green Bowls Club

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