THE CLUB

Welcome to our club!


Updated 2018-05-02, adding a brief club history.
 
The Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club was established in 1957, and is located in the northeast corner of Carnarvon Park, Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia. Our club is one of 11 outdoor bowling clubs in southern Vancouver Island, and is affiliated with Bowls BC and Bowls Canada.

Club History

The Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club’s first Constitution and Bylaws were signed on May 21, 1957, but the first green was excavated in 1954 by a group of Oak Bay residents. Initially, the club comprised of one green and a small clubhouse. Later, the West Green was added and the original clubhouse was expanded. A second clubhouse, Carnarvon House was erected in 1986. In 1999 the original clubhouse was renovated and named Anderson House in honour of the late John Anderson, a bowler and club benefactor. Carnarvon House was expanded in 2007, financed by the provincial government Olympic/Paralympics Live Sites Program, Oak Bay Municipality, generous donations of our members and various fundraising projects.

Membership

Of our 200 or so members, about 80% are Full Members, meaning they are active lawn green bowlers. These members enjoy five months of continuous lawn bowling. There is never a day when there is not an organized bowling game for members, unless we get rained out.

The rest of our members are Social Members who can participate in any club activity, except outdoor bowling. Some players from other clubs take out a social membership at our club just because it includes indoor short mat bowling. Some join just for the twice-weekly bridge games, or to play darts. Whatever the reason, it is nice to belong to a club that is open 365 days a year and where there is an organized activity almost every day.

Club Features

Special features of our club:

  • Two greens, offering 16 rinks that enable us to host tournaments for up to 128 players;
  • Two short mat rinks, permanently in place from October through March, allowing for play at any  time;
  • Organized friendly bowling games outdoors every day in summer, and indoors every day in winter;
  • No need to wear “whites” except in tournaments;
  • Two club houses that are open every day of the year;
  • Large pavilion for social activities, with a licensed bar; and
  • Social activities happening every day such as bridge, table tennis, darts, scrabble, canasta, and cribbage, some year-round and others in fall and winter only

For more details about the club see Location, Contacts, Premises, Membership, Volunteering, Administration

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