Scottish bowling or lawn bowling is widely recognised as a social sport that is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. There are also different variants of the game, giving you numerous opportunities to play, whether indoors or outdoors. That said, we’ll be looking at three of the best outdoor greens for Bowling as well as other cities across Scotland.
As we take a look at some of the best bowling greens in Scotland, it is important to note that some of the clubs require a membership fee to join, although some accept beginners for free for some time.
Edinburgh West End Bowling Club & St Andrews Bowling Club
The Edinburgh West End Bowling Club was founded in 1864 and is one of the oldest clubs in Scotland. Located in Edinburgh, the club is a member of Bowls Scotland. Members pay an annual fee, and new members are guaranteed training by the club’s friendly staff. On top of that, members have access to other facilities, including a lounge area as well as a bar.
The St Andrews Bowling Club is a favourite hangout for locals thanks to its numerous outdoor and indoor rinks as well as its clubhouse lounge and bar. To join the Scottish bowling club, new members should fill in an application form as well as contribute to the general running of the club, whether it’s maintaining the greens and gardens or even bar duty and upkeep.
What To Consider Before Joining A Scottish Bowling Club
Bowling greens across Scotland come with different perks as well as additional features. Before you settle on one to play at, here are a few things to consider.
• Size of the playing area and number of rinks.
• The frequency of bowling green maintenance.
• Other facilities hosted within the club.
• Requirements needed to join the club.
Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Centre
Last but not least, we have the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Centre. The sports complex is located in Glasgow and was host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The bowling green is well maintained throughout the year, making it one of the best greens to play lawn bowls in the city. Playing at the greens is completely free. However, players should book a session in advance to get a slot.
The three clubs we have mentioned above each come with unique offerings. Each of the clubs is hospitable to new members, whether beginners or pros at lawn bowls. The friendly members and staff at the bowling greens take it upon themselves to teach new players, which comes in handy if you are playing the game for the first time. More information on timings, membership fees, and competitions are highlighted on each of the clubs’ websites.