you become a more serious and regular member, you will want to have
a pair of specific bowling shoes. But for all beginners, and many
others, all you need is a pair of smooth soled shoes so that you do
not damage the green. Tennis shoes, for example, are ideal, as are many
If you are buying a new pair, choose white ones so that you don't
need a separate pair for white days.
All-white (or cream-colored) clothing is required for tournaments, as well as
for Sunday bowling. This helps preserve the traditions of
the game - though, of course, many of us wear shorts in summer. On
other occasions, any comfortable clothing will suffice. Because
of the heat and glare, a hat or visor is definitely a necessity for
beginners and visitors, the club maintains a stock of bowls
you may borrow. But as you play more regularly, you will want your
own personal set that you can enjoy, maintain and roll predictably.
See the Resources section, or contact the club chairman for catalogs and prices. In
the USA, there are only a few sources for these, but they are the
same international quality suppliers.
Each set of four bowls has a unique logo or pattern on them so you
can identify your own in any game. One set of bowls will last you
ten or more years with just the basics of maintenance and proper
storage in their carrying case.
You can also purchase a bag in which to carry your bowls; not
all bags are as elegant as this one in the photo!
tape measures exist for bowling to resolve those close calls, as well
as chalk to mark bowls that touched the jack. Keep these in
your pocket, especially when you are playing vice.
members of the club are issued personal name badges. Most of us wear
them on our hats or visors. While we might know you well, this does
help newcomers and visiting club players learn your name.
For information on where to get your own supplies,
see the Resources section.
little white ball we roll first and spend all our efforts chasing
starting point for every roll of a bowl.
vary from club to club, but they are generally white or yellow to
mark the boundaries and center of rinks in use that day.
as it is, we all enjoy putting the scores up on old-fashioned chalk
will see red markers marking the minimum distances for jack placement.
green itself is maintained in partnership with the Parks and Recreation
Department of the City of Santa Monica. Thanks to all our volunteers
who do the extra rolling, raking, cutting, levelling and care work.
Please always treat the green surface with the utmost care.
SMLBC Bowling Times
Sundays: 10:00 a.m.
AGM 18th of November 2012
2012-2013 Winter League Starting December 1st
Learn to Bowl
Only $20 for 1 month
lessons, equipment all included
Santa Monica retains Presidents Cup again 2009-2012
Jack Beckley 2 Bowl Triples Tournament 2013
Sunday 28th of April
Jack Beckley Rinks Tournament 2012 winners Liam Courtney Ed Quo Dee McSparran Ryan Neptune 14th of October
Thanks to the support of
Lynda Vance and Norman Cohen