History of the club

Mystery surrounds the original date and location of the Royal Lawn Bowling Club. The Edmonton Bulletin June 10, 1916, cites normal opening of the Civil Service Lawn Bowling Club will be held this Saturday afternoon at three clock on the grounds of the Parliament Buildings.

However, another source states the green was opened on Canada day in 1918 and the Civil service bowled there until 1923 when it went public and The Royal Lawn Bowling Club was formed.

Another source states that the first three years after 1923 the green was located at the Government House (the club then moved to the Legislative Grounds).

However it happened we are still going strong – in 2023 we are celebrating our 100th Anniversary and we are already planning major activities and events for that time.

It is an exciting time to be a ROYAList!!

Timeline of events

  • 1923 was also the first year that ladies were accepted as members.
  • 1932 or 1935 A second green was constructed then given up prior to 2001.
  • 1958 the present clubhouse was built for the visit of the Queen.
  • 1960 and 1968 the Royal hosted the Canadian Championships.
  • 1962 first year that it was legal to play on a Sunday.
  • 1964 128 bowlers came out to play in a Klondike Tournament.
  • 1974 the Men’s and Ladies Clubs combined.
  • 1990 members of the Garneau Club joined the Royal.
  • 1991 ASRAB rented the Royal Greens to hold their first Provincial Tournament for the Blind.
  • 2023 – Why not hang around and find out what happens


– By Val Wilson

Etiquette on the green

The game of lawn bowls, whether competitive or social, is to be played in an atmosphere of fellowship and sociability, with its roots in common courtesy. Sportsmanship, as defined in the Oxford dictionary, is conduct characteristic or worthy of an athlete. Some rules of etiquette are part of the sportsmanship all are expected to exhibit.

  • Protect the green; do not bounce or loft bowls but lay them down in your delivery. Always wear correct footwear: flat, smooth-soled, heel-less shoes.
  • Pay attention to the game. Socialize after the game and not during it.
  • Compliment your opponent as well as your teammate on a good shot.
  • Refrain from unnecessary movement and talking when an opponent is on the mat.
  • Do not say thank you if your opponent gives the shot away. If you must say anything say bad luck.
  • Do not carry on a running commentary (either verbally or nonverbally) as each bowl makes its way to the head.
  • Do not grumble, but keep quiet if your opponent gets a good result from a fluke shot.
  • Remain behind the mat or behind the head when it is not your turn to play. Always remember as soon as your bowl has come to rest possession of the rink passes to your opponent.
  • Walk down the centre of your rink when changing ends, for the good of the green and in order not to be a distraction to other players on the green.
  • The thirds in triples or in fours are the two players that should alternate in the head to determine points and advise the skips. They also do the counting. The other players should stand well back from the head.
  • The team conceding shots should measure and remove shot(s) when the count is clearly more than one shot. A small towel should be carried so the measured bowl(s) can be placed upon it.
  • Be a gracious winner.
  • Be a good loser.
  • Enjoy the game and attempt your best shot every time.

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