Play Bowls

Joining in

There are four ways you can play bowls at Stoke Park, Guildford.

1) Come along to one of our open days
2) Turn up and play in our weekly Top10 Open league
3) Become a member of the club and play in our matches
4) Arrange a free private coaching session

We also welcome clubs, societies and businesses and are happy to help organise an evening of bowls or a weekend game. Use our Contact Page for more information.

How to Play – Beginners Guide

Bowls truly is the sport for all – all ages, all sexes and all abilities. It is a game that takes just seconds to learn – and the rest of your bowling career to master.

If you live near Guildford, you’ll be pleased to learn your local bowls club has one of the finest bowling greens in the Country and is the perfect spot to learn the game. Bowls is also relatively cheap game compared to other sports, and we will even supply you with a ‘starter kit’ of bowls to use.

Bowls Basics:

Like many games, the object of bowls is essentially simple. It can be played by anyone, but to play consistently well demands determination, concentration and practice.

The game is played on a square of closely cut grass called ‘the green’, which is divided into playing areas called rinks.

The green is surrounded by a small ditch to catch bowls which leave the green, and a bank upon which markers indicate the corners and centrelines of each rink.

Players take turns to deliver their bowls from a mat at one end of the rink towards a small white ball called the jack at the other end. The bowls are shaped so that they take a curved path towards the jack. To be successful the bowl must be delivered with the correct weight, along the correct line.

The object is to get one or more of your bowls closer to the jack than those of your opponents on each end – one point is scored for each counting bowl.

There are many different formats to the game, but the most common in England are singles or in teams of pairs, triples or fours. In singles, the winner is the first to score 21 points. In the other three formats, the winner is the team that scores the most points over a set number of ends.