Lots of smiles - Xmas pairs 2016
Bowls or lawn bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a "jack". It is played on a bowling green which may be flat (for "flat-green bowls") or convex or uneven (for "crown green bowls"). It is normally played outdoors (although there are many indoor venues) and the outdoor surface is either natural grass, artificial turf.
Today the sport is played in over 40 countries with more than 50 member national authorities. The home of the modern game is still Scotland with the World Bowls centre in Edinburgh. It has been traced certainly to the 13th century, and now bowls is one of the "core sports" that must be included at each edition of the Commonwealth Games, Australia will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
For a series of videos on how to play bowls plus a copy of the World Bowls rules please go to the Know the Game page
Lawn Bowls in Thailand
The Lawn Bowls Association of Thailand is the governing body for lawn bowls in the country and responsible for development of the game.
There are currently 6 clubs in Thailand (6 outdoor and 1 indoor):
Chang Mai Lawn Bowls Coco Club (Indoor only)
Lawn Bowls Hua Hin Kamala Lawn Bowling Club
Royal Bangkok Sports Club The Retreat Bowling Club
Lawn Bowls is an official sport for the South East Asia Games to be held in Malausia in August. Thailand is entering a mens and womens team and they have been practicing full time at Coco Club, Pattaya from June to August. It is possible Lawn Bowls will be a sport when the SEA games are next held in Thailand.
Chiang Mai Lawn Bowls
The current lawn bowling green was opened with a lavish affair on September 6 2015. (See here for more photos courtesy of City Life Magazine)
We are the first world class lawn bowling green in Northern Thailand. Situated at Tong Kai village, near the Chiang Mai night safari park the rinks are constructed of Supergreen II imported from Tigerturf from New Zealand and installed by the SEARA Sporting Systems of Bangkok.
Humble beginning - bowling on the tennis court at Mae Jo 2015
1. PLEASE WEAR FLAT SHOES
2. PLEASE DO NOT THROW OR DROP BOWLS
3. IF YOU HAVE TO SMOKE (OFF THE GREEN) PLEASE USE ASH TRAYS
Playing on carpet, Tong Kai 2016.
Chiang Mai Expats Club
Lawn Bowls is now an official Outside Group Activity (OGA) for CEC. Many of our bowlers are also members of CEC. This is a very beneficial arrangement as we are able to share information on the CEC newsletters and on their Facebook page. Special thanks to Nancy and Eveline of CEC.
Please click on the video link below for an entertaining introduction to lawn bowls produced by Steve Mellow
Chiang Mai Lawn Bowling Club
New Tigerturf green installed in August 2016