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.

Daily draws are finished for the season and will begin again in May.  If croquet interests you, then come visit us on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays between noon and 3pm and a member will be glad to show you how to play.

2018 Goodbye to Summer here

                                                           Sept 29 2018   Last Official Day of Bowling
Excerpt from:   http://strobeonline.ca/books.shtml

At a surface glance, almost every person can play Lawn Bowls. The game looks so easy. Being with a few friends and rolling a ball for an hour or so down a lawn to stop 30 metres away is obviously within the physical scope of everyone – or so it seems. As a competitive sport, Lawn Bowls is much more demanding on the players than that.

  1. Flexibility of joints, muscles and tendons needs to be maintained or improved.
  2. Rhythm of the delivery motion is very important in practice and competition.
  3. Balance is required throughout the delivery motion. This improves the consistency of the results.
  4. Strength endurance must be sufficient to cope with the weight of the bowls in the delivery arm and hand and for the bending and lifting of the players own body weight.
  5. Stamina is required even for recreational players so that they can enjoy playing to the completion of their game.
  6. Accurate eyesight with good depth perception might require corrective lenses to reduce the physical toll on the eyes that extended exposure on the green can create.

Lawn Bowls is categorized as an analectic, anaerobic physical activity in the Coaching of Sport hierarchy. That means that speed, strength and specialized cardiovascular fitness are not high on the list of requirements and should not be the focus of physical training for players looking to improve their competition results.

That is not to say that strength and speed play no part at all in Lawn Bowls. You must be strong enough to lift, hold and swing your bowl for every delivery. The ball we use weighs between 1200 and 1590 grams (2 lb. 10oz to 3 lb. 8oz). After 40 or so deliveries, that adds up to a good workout for the fingers, wrist and arm.

Here’s your smile for the dayView the video of a nine year old lawn bowling champ on an Australian TV show

Why Play Croquet

The following is an excerpt from the May/June 2018 issue of
YAM magazine

Lawn Bowling

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