Now Celebrating Our 110th Year
The Club, located in Beacon Hill Park, is central to downtown Victoria and the neighbourhoods of James Bay, Fairfield, Rockland and Fernwood. Our fully equipped clubhouse is flanked by two greens containing 16 rinks.
If you are interested in trying out lawn bowling drop by our club at any daily draw and a member will be happy to help you throw some bowls and learn about the game. Or if croquet interests you, then come visit us on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays between 10am and 3pm and a member will be glad to show you how to play.
If you would like to bowl a social game on a Friday evening with some friends, contact Peter Gilchrist at 250-361-3555.
From August 9 to 12, we were pleased to hold, along with the Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club, the Canadian Association Croquet championships. Association croquet is similar to playing billiards on the lawn and each game lasts around 2 hours.
Ten entrants played a round robin of nine games each over 4 days. Local players Chris Percival-Smith, Michael Dowling , Pierre Dunn, Lorne Oakes and Peter Rassenti matched up against Brian Wasylyk (Campbell River) Carl Uhlman (Seattle) Bill Rowat (Bayfield, Ontario) and Peter and Brigitte Westaway (Toronto).
After some closely matched games the winners in the finals were: first place, Bill Rowat, second place, Chris Percival-Smith, and third place, Michael Dowling.
Thank you to all the contestants and those who volunteered to help to make this past weekend such a memorable event for croquet in Victoria.
Croquet at the Empress – Sunday Aug 26
Here’s your smile for the day. View the video of a nine year old lawn bowling champ on an Australian TV show
The following is an excerpt from the May/June 2018 issue of YAM magazine
It was once forbidden by monarchs like Richard II (who feared its impact on archery), but lawn bowling is alive and thriving in Victoria, where you can play it at least nine clubs, including Beacon Hill Park’s Victoria Lawn Bowling Club, now in its 109th year. Not just for seniors, it’s now attracting the martini and millennial set too.
Watch the Shaw TV video on bowling and croquet
From a Sept 14 2017 Trip Advisor post:
Lawn Bowling in the sun
As a keen bowler I was invited to come down and play with the locals one afternoon. I could not have been made more welcome and played for two hours on the green. A lovely clubhouse facility and genuine warmth and friendship. – bigglesStrathaven