May 2, 2007

San Francisco - La Boule d'Or

North California has the highest concentration of clubs in the country, so last weekend I was able to visit three within 24 hrs.

La Boule d'Or, the oldest formal club in the US, was founded in 1959 by Jean Bontemps, an importer from Provence, with a 'boulodrome' in famous Golden Gate Park.

An absolutely idyllic location. Their only problem is that dense fog sometimes makes it difficult to play.

John Krauer has been the active president for many years, and I arrived at the right time for a quick drink game with him, René, Alain, Raymond and - always joking - Jacques.


Jeppy said...

What a picture perfect setting for petanque. It has all of the classic elements of open play, shade trees, and homemade signage.

Jeff Widen
-Detroit Petanque Club

mak said...

Hello there,

I cannot find the petanque area in Golden Gate Park.
Is it near 38th ave. or by the lawn bowling greens near Kezar Stadium?
Would someone email me if they know for sure?


makaga at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

No it is behind the bison paddock by the dog park across from speckles lake.Take the access road off of 36th.