What’s the difference between bowls and golf?

Many golfers take up lawn bowls and wish they’d made the switch ten years earlier! Speaking as ex-golfers and committed bowlers, we love the following things about bowls;

  • You can generally walk to the local bowls club and ‘have a roll’ in minutes, compared to a frustrating drive through traffic to the nearest golf course.

  • If you’re a bowls club member, you don’t have to book a ‘tee off’ time. Just turn up, grab your bowls out of your locker and start bowling! And nine times out of ten there’ll be one of your fellow club members having a roll on an adjacent rink, if you’re looking for some conversation or company.

  • Bowls is a wonderfully mindful sport and a proven way to de-stress. Just breathe … aim … release … walk … repeat … ahh …

  • Cost – Leaving aside the difference in membership fees between golf clubs and lawn bowling clubs, the cost of equipment is significantly cheaper. Most bowls clubs have sets of old club bowls that they’ll loan you when you’re starting out. What golf club offers that??

  • When you’re ready to buy your own bowls, a brand-new set of lawn bowls will cost you around $600 and last for at least ten years (they’re actually date stamped!). That’s $60 per year over 10 years for your bowls equipment. And they’re almost unbreakable. Compare that to constantly upgrading golf clubs!

  • Bowls is much more social than golf. Hit a bad slice and you’re on your own in the trees, avoiding snakes, swooping magpies and breaking your ankle in rabbit holes, while searching for it. With bowls, you’re constantly able to sledge your mates and solve the world’s problems, while sipping refreshments between deliveries and enjoying a periodic 40 metre amble to the other end of the green.

  • A recent study showed golf and bowls of equal exercise value per hour.

  • 9 holes of golf = four hours. ‘Jack Attack’ bowls = 1 hour. Frankly, bowls is much more time efficient, given today’s busy lifestyle.


Let’s start bowling…