Our Club 

Club History


Once part of the 1839 Mexican land grant to Don Francisco Sepulveda, the land in which the Santa Monica Bowls Club now stands, passed thru several hands.  In 1919 the land, which had been the site of a former movie studio, became the home to the original Douglas Aircraft plant.  Because  tall Eucalyptus trees along Wilshire Blvd. made it  difficult for their planes to fly in and out of their airfield, in 1927 the factory relocated  to Clover Field. The City then created the park  and named it for aviation pioneer, Donald Douglas.


Santa Monica Bowls Club was organized prior to 1941 and moved to Douglas Park in 1948 when Marcellus Joslyn donated the funds to build both the green and the clubhouse.  By the early 1950s, the club was associated with the SW Div. of the American Lawn Bowls Association (now known as Bowls USA). By the 1970s, it had grown to 42 members. In 1976 Ferrell Burton spearheaded construction of a completely new green paid for by a donation from the Joslyn Foundation along with a Senior Citizen Grant. That green was destroyed by heavy rains in 1982 and rebuilt in ‘83 as we see it today. This current green is made of a hybrid Bermuda grass on an 18 inch bed of sand.

The club has experienced robust growth in recent years and membership now exceeds 75. We  continue to grow due to the comradery displayed by members along with excellent bowling.  It's a great club as shown by our inclusivity in the  diversity of our membership, in age, gender and background, and also in a good mix of experienced players and newcomers, of tournament enthusiasts and those who choose to enjoy social bowling. 


Club Social Bowling
Social bowling is open to all members of the club and any visiting guests of other clubs.  The games are played on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon until 2 p.m. and on Sundays at 10 a.m.  We ask bowlers to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time in order to give the draw master time to set up the teams.
If you come a bit late, plan to practice on your own.

The club hosts competitive tournaments throughout the year for our members.

Beyond the immediate club scene, our members participate in more advanced tournaments in local, national and international competition. 

Business and Social Events

Lawn bowling is a great sport for groups where everyone competes equally.  

Lawn bowling offers a unique and relaxing experience for team building,  communication, problem solving, sportsmanship and camaraderie....or just a fun night out with work colleagues or friends.

Board of Directors





Vice President





Brian Studwell


Alexis de la Garza


Richard Pelsang


Brian Studwell


Roger Withrington


Ilca Moskos

Linda Daly


Harold Zuckerman


Member Services




Facilities & Green










Winter League




Webmaster/Social Media

Ilca Moskos


Linda Daly & Ilca Moskos


Roger Withrington & Steve Mount


Harold Zuckerman


Dick Pruden


Stuart Bell


Brian Studwell


James Flowers/ Harold Zuckerman/

Thomas Sternweis


Steve Mount & Graham Wong


Alexis de la Garza



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