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Published January 9th 2013
Over the past decade or so, the sport of lawn bowls has undergone a huge overhaul. Gone are the days of tottering old grandmas with names like Edith and Esther donning their whites for a morning on the greens, replaced by "barefoot bowls" days aiming to draw in a much younger crowd.
The barefoot bowls phenomenon has taken bowling clubs all over Australia by storm, and it's really not that hard to see why. Combine some gentle competition with a sparkling Aussie summer's day, beer usually served at very reasonable prices and a group of mates, and you've created the perfect cocktail for a relaxing afternoon of fun. Roll a ball down, have a drink, have a snack and have a chat - too easy. If you need any convincing of the merits of lawn bowls, a quick viewing of the classic movie Crackerjack should set you straight pretty quickly.
But with so many clubs realising the potential of barefoot bowls, where is Sydney's best bowling club for some social lawn bowls?
Seaforth Bowling Club have Barefoot Bowls afternoon every 3rd Sunday of the month. $15 for bowls, tuition and food. Start time 12.30. BBQ for Sausage Sizzle provided at 3.30 pm. Bar Open. Everyone welcome. Next event 16th March, 2014. For enquiries phone 9948 1119 or 0401531911.
In terms of the quality of facility, professionalism of service and overall experience, the Neutral Bay Club takes some beating. I've found that many clubs pack you in, then pack you out after the actual bowling has finished. At Neutral Bay barefoot bowlers can remain at the club post-function and enjoy all of its other facilities until closing.
Seaforth is still holding Barefoot Bowls afternoons on the 3rd Sunday of every month. Start time 12.30pm, Address Kirkwood Street Seaforth. Northern end. The next one is this Sunday 20th July, 2014. $15 for bowls game, tuition, bowls hire and food included. Sausage sizzle with onions for lunch and again after the game. Bar Open. Lots of fun.
Seaforth Bowling Club's next Barefoot Bowls Day is on 27th April, 2014, one week after Easter Sunday. Same conditions as before. $15 for a game, includes bowls, tuition and food. Half price for kids. The address is the northern end of Kirkwood Street, Seaforth. Coming from Frenchs Forest south along Wakehurst Parkway, Kirkwood Street is the first street to the left. Start time 12.30, BBQ will be on around 3 pm.
Next barefoot bowls afternoon at Seaforth BC will be on 16th March. All future events will be on the 3rd Sunday of every month. enquiries 9948 1119 or 0401531911. $15 for bowls, tuition and food. Bar Open. Websitewww.seaforthbowlingclub.com.au
Toongabbie Bowling Club is where we went for our Xmas Party, and while we didn't get a beautiful sunny summer day, it was still a great experience combining a little competition with a lot of social time. All of our staff found it relaxing and a great way to unwind after a hectic year. Recommend to all comers.
Seaforth Bowling Club is at the northern end of Kirkwood Street, Seaforth. We will be holding another day of Barefoot bowling on 16th February, 2014. Starting time 10 am and will continue during the day. $20 per person and includes Bowls, Tuition (a little) Sausage Sizzle with onions and LIVE MUSIC. Bar Open. Help us to cater for your needs by booking email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0401531911 (or leave a txt).
Randwick Bowlo has just been fantastically renovated (Jan 2014) - great outdoor area and undercover BBQ, I heard they're doing groups of 10 barefoot bowlers for $80 as a special at the moment. Well worth a visit.
Barefoot Bowls on at Seaforth BC this Sunday.
Kirkwood Street, Seaforth 2092.
$20 per person, includes Bowls, Tuition, Burger, Salad and Chips. Live Music, Bar Open.
Please book for this event. email Seaforth Bowling Club email@example.com. or phone 9948 1119
Sutherland Bowling Club , Oak Road , Kirrawee offers a relaxed Sunday afternoon once a month and includes a sausage sizzle. Make enquiries for Barefoot bowls family gatherings (minimum 12years) , team-building , corporate and birthday celebrations at Club Kirrawee.