During my research for activities that I had not tried before that I thought would not be as well known, I found out about Lawn Bowling offered at a Hamilton County Park. It turns out that Cincinnati is the only city where you can lawn bowl within a 250-mile radius! I knew I had to try it. Lawn Bowling also fit perfectly with my weekend budget of $50 because the first two times you visit, your game is FREE.
My kids had football practice that morning so my dad joined me for the Saturday morning game at the Little Miami Golf Center in Newtown. Lawn Bowling has some similarities to Bocce Ball but should not be confused with its cousin.
Players roll the "bowl" on the mat with the goal of reaching the jack (white ball) at the other end of the green. There are two dots on the sides of the ball, one large and one small. The ball will turn in the direction of the smaller dot on the ball when it is rolled. The closest bowls get the points and you play in teams.
The game is played on a sand-based 120-square-foot putting green.
Lawn Bowling has bowls that are rolled on a mat vs. throwing them down the court.