Your Day on the Greens
Douglas Park in Santa Monica is home to the Santa Monica Bowls Club. We welcome groups of family, friends, and business associates to learn the game of lawn bowls. Our club provides all the necessary equipment and our members provide instruction. Games are geared towards mixing and mingling. They are great fun for celebrating life events, team-building, or hanging out in a unique way. Consider spending an afternoon with us for your next group event.
Your event begins with selecting lawn bowls, which are available in many sizes. A Club member will explain the basic rules - how to deliver the bowl, order of play, and counting the "shots" or points and guide you through initial practice with a couple of “trial ends” so that you can get a feel for the "weight" and "bias" of the bowls
Then the games begin! If playing a tournament format, teams are decided and short games played. If playing a social format, there is more flexibility with people coming and going. An even number of players and teams is preferred, but odd numbers can be accommodated.
The greens are meticulously maintained for best bowling surface, and we need your cooperation to keep them in playing condition. Lawn bowls are never lofted or tossed. They are always rolled. Shoes with heels damage the playing surface, so flat soled shoes or barefoot are your footwear options.
Our Special Event venue may accommodate up to a maximum number of 28 people. The event rate is $20.00 per person, with a $150 minimum, which includes the following:
· Use of our greens for up to 3 hours, including all
necessary bowling equipment
· Introductory coaching
· Ongoing coaching throughout the games
For rentals longer than 3 hours in duration there is an additional charge of $100.00 per group per hour or portion thereof.
A signed contract and deposit of $100 is required to secure a slot on our Booking Calendar. The balance is due one week prior to the event. We accept payment by check and credit card. In case of rain, we will refund your deposit or re-book the event.
Access and Parking
We are located at 2439 Wilshire Blvd in Douglas Park on Wilshire between 25th St and Chelsea. Metered parking is available around the perimeter of the park. There is usually 2 hour free parking on Chelsea and 25th Street and on other residential streets in the neighborhood.
The following rules apply to everyone who is on the Club grounds.
· Must wear flat-soled shoes with no heels or deep treads or go barefooted.
· No smoking permitted anywhere on club grounds
· No alcoholic beverages may be consumed on park grounds.
· Pets are not permitted anywhere on the Greens.
Players should wear clothing that would permit participants to bend easily from the waist and knee
If you'd like to schedule or learn more about hosting a Special event, please fill out the form below and a club coach will respond to answer all your questions. We look forward to hearing from you!