A new Petanque club for North Devon sport fans

Westward Ho! Petanque Club

Westward Ho! Petanque Club - Credit: John Stotesbury

North Devon has a new Petanque (Boules) terrain and a new Petanque Club. The terrain has been built by the Royal North Devon Golf Club and consists of six (16 x 3 metre pistes).  

The new club is the Westward Ho! Petanque Club, which has three sessions a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) starting at 10.30am. The club started on 1st April 2021, with 21 members and has been so popular that there are now over 50 members, with a waiting list!  

The main objective of the club is social and recreational play. There is plenty of scope for other clubs to be formed and competitions at different times of the week.  

Arrangements need to be made in consultation with the Golf Club. There has already been plenty of interest within the golf club and the bar and restaurant is available for all Petanque members. 

Since the Westward Ho! Petanque Club has been formed, its committee has been busy providing additional facilities, including a storage and viewing pavilion, benches and scoreboards.  

The terrain is undoubtedly, one of the best Petanque facilities in the south west, so much so that the annual Devon v Kernow match was held here. The Club has also held matches against other clubs and also melees for its own members. 

From Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th March, the club will be holding an art exhibition at the Royal North Devon Golf Club and all will be welcome to attend. 

There is more information on booking via the Golf Club website www.royalnorthdevongolfclub.co.uk/the-club/the-petanque-clubs and Visitors may hire a court for £10per hour and The ProShop hire Boules (6 Boules per set) for £5. 

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Petanque, sometimes called boules, is a brilliant game for all the family and perfect for an social afternoon. French in origin, it is now played right across the world and is one of the most inclusive activities available where people of all ages, gender, ability and fitness can play equally together. 

Classically, the sport is a team game of Triples (3 players with 2 boules each) or Doubles (2 players with 3 boules each) though pétanque can also be played as Singles. 

Measuring up in petanque

Measuring up in petanque - Credit: John Stotesbury

A great game for family and friends

A great game for family and friends - Credit: John Stotesbury

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