Welcome to The Burlington Lawn Bowling Club!

The Burlington Lawn Bowling Club (BLBC) is a not for profit sports  club located in the heart of Burlington, Ontario. The club is a member of District 5 of the Ontario Lawn Bowling Association (OLBA). The facilities are accessible to all members of society that wish to participate in both fun or competitive venues. For those looking for more of a social option, you can join in on many of the non bowling activities.

Once the pandemic has been resolved, the club invites you to join us for lively social interaction and mild exercise  on the "GREEN" and we invite and encourage non-members to play as our guests.  Lessons and loaner equipment are available for all who are interested in learning this sport. Guests may also use club bowls for a small fee. The club policies are subject to change and may be impacted by local and provincial health requirements. You are directed to contact the drawmaster on site in order to obtain the latest information.

BLBC has two regulation-size greens of 8 rinks each. Bowling occurs virtually every day of the week during our operating season, usually in the afternoons and evenings. In addition, for the competitive bowler, the club also hosts numerous "Open Tournaments" and District & Provincial Championships throughout the year. For your enjoyment, the club is licensed for beer and wine service.

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If your looking for a unique location and a fun sport to treat your business team to a day out, look no further than the Burlington Lawn Bowling Club. We can accommodate up to 64 people on our greens to learn how to play lawn bowling and build your teams ability to work together. Instruction and equipment are included in the price. Participants only need to wear flat soled shoes.
We have indoor facilities for all your meeting needs and we can also provide a BBQ lunch and bar service. We have extremely competitive pricing and are just an email away. Please contact info@burlingtonlbc.org for details.
All COVID pandemic protocols are followed and applied including contact tracing requirements.

July 23rd, 2021
Now that the club has reinstated the tournaments for the remainder of the outdoor season, some people may be seeking playing partners to sign up with for some of the tournament. I have posted on our Facebook page, asking for anyone wishing to link up to enter a tournament, to post their info. How this works is when you go to the post, click on comments and enter your name, tournament name & date, whether the person required is male, female or it doesn't matter. Those reading the post can then DM (Direct Message) the person to ask them to play. I'll start it off.

Neil Johnson     De Fue Memorial         August 5th       Female partner required - Partner found. Thx Mary Ann

Have fun and good hunting......lol

July 17th, 2021
Your board met this weekend and approved a number of issues and initiatives as follows:

  1. All tournaments scheduled for the remainder of the outdoor season have been approved to proceed. Check the website for details on the tournament page
  2. The OBA Colby Trust singles tourney is now confirmed for August 13th, 2021
  3. Our official Opening Day will be Monday, August 2nd with a 2 x 12 end game Jitney starting at 10am. $2 entry and a $1 Spider with the proceeds going to a local hospice. The bar will be open at 11am and cake and refreshments will be served but please bring your own lunch.
  4. NAME THE CLUBS PUB - The clubs bar needs a name and we are asking all the members for their suggestion. If you have an idea for a name to give the bar a bit of character, please email your suggestion to External link opens in new tab or windowinfo@burlingtonlbc.org by the end of day July 30th. The list of names will be voted on by the members and the winning name posted. Join in and have your say!
  5. The club has set a date for our Garage Sale! It will be the last Saturday in September (25th) and there is allot of prep work to do so look for more info on donations and collections in the coming weeks.

Attention OLBA Bowlers!
Following an OLBA Competitions Committee meeting on June 24th, the OLBA agreed to proceed with a new event:

"Back to Bowls”

 Dates: From August 21st to August 29th, 2021

Location: Host clubs will be Woodstock and Windsor.

Saturday, August 21st to Monday, August 23rd

Women’s Pairs in Woodstock

Men’s Pairs in Windsor

Tuesday, August 24th to Thursday, August 26th

Mixed Pairs in both Windsor and Woodstock.


When registering for Mixed Pairs, you can choose where you prefer to bowl. Once registration for a venue is full, you have option to bowl at the other venue.


Friday, August 27th to Sunday, August 29th

Youth Under 18 and Under 25 in Woodstock.

Youth will be Singles Discipline

**Sponsored by OLBA, youth registration is free**

 Registration Dates: July 5th to August 7th     Format: Round Robin

Cost: $50.00 per person per discipline.


Saturday, September 11th and Sunday. September 12th 2021.

Novices in Woodstock

Novice Registration: Sunday. August 8th to Wednesday, September 1st

Format: Aussie Pairs

Cost.  $50.00 per person.


These disciplines are open to all Ontario bowlers who are in good standing with OLBA. We encourage as many people to participate in this event as possible from all skill levels. Come and see your friends that you have not seen since the pandemic began!

This event is subject to change due to Covid-19 presence in the province.

Have Fun and Good Bowling!

Online Registration forms to be available at External link opens in new tab or windowwww.olba.ca on July 5, 2021     

NOTICE: A set of 00 Drakes Pride lawn bowls with angel icons have gone missing from the club since Canada Day. if you have borrowed them, please contact Mary Wesko to arrange their return. Thank you

NOTICE; 4321 Bowls begins next Tuesday, July 13th. A Loonie to enter each session that goes toward monthly prizes.

NOTICE: Step 3 of the reopening process is set to take place next Friday, July 16th. This will allow for 100 players on the green at one time and up to 25 members in the clubhouse to use the washrooms and obtain equipment, The same masking requirements as Step 2 remain in place.

The schedule of play will be as follows:

Closed1:00 pm
7:00 pmAfternoon - Fred Alcock Evening - Charlie Roach
10:00 am
1:00 pm
4321 - 6:30pmMorning - Hans
Afternoon - Dave Burrows
Evening -4321 B. Hedley / Don Rush
10:00 am
1:00 pmInstructional*Morning - Phyllis Donohue
Afternoon - Kathleen Mein
Evening - Bob & Pat Pring / Mary Wesko
10:00 am
1:00 pm
Doubles LeagueMorning - Lorraine Negus
Afternoon - Mary Wesko
Evening - Dave Burrows
10:00 am
1:00 pm
7:00 pmMorning - Peter Andersen
Afternoon - Evan Bingley
Evening - Dave Burrows
1:00 pm (Jitney)
ClosedAfternoon - Bill Headley / Kathleen Mein

Drawmaster Spares:

Brian Donohue (AM only)

Kathleen Mein

Ken Maitland



Upcoming Tournaments

Club Policies

Visitors & Practice:

Potential new members who have never bowled before are encouraged to participate, together with a reasonable number of coaching sessions for free, before making a membership decision. Visiting lawn bowlers may play occasionally for a fee (as defined annually by the club) and must make arrangements with the Drawmaster in advance of any practice or game. The decision of the Drawmaster will be final in all cases. No visitor, unless they become full members of the club, shall acquire any benefits of membership, nor be eligible to compete in club championships or league play. Players from other clubs in the district may practice for district playdowns being held at the club but must arrange for practice times in advance.

Dress Code:

  • Flat soled shoes (indentations no deeper than 1/4 inch (1 cm) are mandatory).
  • Shirts must have collars and/or sleeves.
  • No restrictions for teams to wear same colour shirts for club championships.
  • For Open Tournaments and District Playdowns, the OLBA Dress Code (General Rule 6.b.) shall apply (namely players on a team must all wear the same team colours or the default white tops and bottoms).


The City of Burlington has a new "No Smoking" by-law on city property, including parks and parking lots. We have new signs on our fence advising the same. Smokers will move to the street curb.


The Club has decided that only Service Dogs will be permitted inside the fence of the club.

For full club policies and detailed information, please download a copy of our Club Handbook below.

BLBC Handbook.pdf

About the Game

Positions & Play

(In this example, the positions are for a TRIPLES game. Simply omit the Vice position for Pairs and add a Second for a Fours game).

The lead of the team that is taking the mat (playing the first bowls) is responsible for:

  • Placing the mat where his/her Skip wants it.
  • Rolling the jack toward where his/her Skip is standing.
  • Delivering the first bowl to start the end.
  • Developing the head using the same hand for delivery unless changed by his/her Skip

Both Leads are also responsible for:

  • Helping round up the bowls for the raker at the end of an end.
  • Being involved in the game at the "head end" and standing behind or next to your Vice-Skip


  • The Vice-Skip always plays second and continues to develop the head at the Skip's direction.
  • The Vice-Skip is the one who measures when necessary.
  • The losing Vice-Skip is responsible for posting the score of the completed end.
  • The Vice-Skip should stand approximately six feet (two metres) behind the jack when the opponent has the mat.
  • When the Vice-Skip's team has possession of the mat, he/she can stand anywhere to direct the Skip (if the Skip asks for the direction). However, once your Skip has released the bowl, the Vice-Skip must return to approximately 6 ft. (2m) behind the jack.


  • The Skip is the captain of the team.
  • The Skip is responsible for directing his/her teammates in the development of the head, by showing them where the bowl is to stop, then return to approximately six feet (two metres) feet behind the jack when the bowl is released.
  • The Skip can ask his/her Vice-Skip for direction, or come down to look at the head before bowling.
  • The Skip now carries the official Scorecard and is responsible for marking the score. However, the Lead, Second or Vice may use a second scorecard to keep the "front end" informed of ends played and the running score.


Etiquette is separate from the Rules of Lawn Bowling or other regulations regarding Conditions of Play which are mandatory. Following good etiquette shows good form in promoting civility and friendship, and it is a sign you respect the game and the players.

  • Begin each game with a friendly handshake, and end the game with the same. Be a gracious winner and a good loser.

  • Be ready to step to the mat and play when it is your turn. Possession of the mat is yours only until your delivered bowl comes to rest.

  • Wait quietly behind the collection of bowls and be prepared to take your next turn. A bowler delivering his/her bowl should not be distracted by noise or movement.

  • Remain quiet and still on the green behind the head and away from sideline markers until the score has been agreed upon by both teams. You are a team member! Stay in the game!

  • Never openly criticize the condition of a green. You must adjust your bowling to the conditions.

  • Never criticize a team member for a poorly-played bowl. Criticism should always be constructive and given privately.

  • Be sure to compliment a good shot from either your team or an opponent. "Nothing said about a poor shot is the best policy - especially if it gives your team the count!"


4-3-2-1 Rules of Play.pdf