Frequently Asked Questions

Visitors Night at Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club

Updated March 1, 2017 with 2017-18 fee update.

Q. Why are you known as “The Friendly Club”?

A. Our members understand good sportsmanship and place strong emphasis on promoting a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

Q. What is the object of the game?

FAQ OBLBC2 009 A. To roll four bowls in an attempt to get nearest to a small white ball called the “jack.” You can find a complete description of the game here, but better still, come and try it out at our club to appreciate the fun in the game!

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Fifty-five cents a day! In 2017, the fee for a full year of unlimited lawn bowling and winter activities is $200 per adult. If you are under 25, the fee is $90. For juniors (8 – 18), it is $35.

Q. Will I have to make a commitment to play?

A. No. You may bowl every day if you wish, or irregularly if that suits you better. Teams are drawn randomly from players who show up for the Daily Draws. You can even organize your own game with a few other members at any time.

Q. Can I try it without obligation?

PrintA. Yes. Call us or send us an e-mail so we can arrange a short explanation of the game and quickly get you rolling a few bowls. You can also try the game without any appointment if you come to our Friday Visitors Night one summer evening.

Q. How long does a game take?

A. Less than two hours.

Q. What is the length of the season?

A. Outdoor bowling season starts in late April and ends in September. Your membership includes our popular Winter Activities such as bridge, canasta, cribbage, darts, scrabble, table tennis, and indoor short-mat bowling. There is an organized activity of some kind almost every day of the year.


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Q. Do I have to wear white clothing?

A. No. Casual, comfortable clothing is allowed during daily and evening games. However, whites or club shirts are to be worn in club tournaments.

Q. What is the age range of members?

A. Our club has members from the age of 14 to 100! Juniors can begin at the age of 8.

Q. Can all ages play in the same game at the same time?

A. Yes. There are also separate junior, ladies’ and men’s sessions.

Q. Do I have to buy special gear? 

FAQsFlatShoesOBLBC2 288A. No. All you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes. The club supplies bowls to first-year members.           

Q. What type of people are lawn bowlers? 

A. Warm and friendly! They can be new residents, retirees, couples or families from all walks of life who are interested in social activities and meeting people.

Watch this ten-minute YouTube video from the UK to see why people of all ages and abilities are drawn to lawn bowling clubs like ours, where you can play the “sport for life.”

Come see for yourself at our Friday Visitors NightHere’s our location.