Bowling Greens

According to the rules of the game a bowling green cannot be more than 40 metres and no less than 34 metres in the direction of play. The bowling green is divided into strips known as rinks which allow for multiple games to be played on the same green.

Bowling greens require a stringent mowing, feeding and watering programme, and they need regular fungus control treatment. Typically, a bowling green in South Africa uses Cynodon or Bentgrass which is kept incredibly short to ensure field bowlers hit the jack with ease. The speed of the green can be adjusted with the mowing regime.

Life Sports Turf maintains the bowling greens at Country Club Johannesburg and Waterfall Mature Hills.



The bowling green ditch

All bowling greens must be surrounded by a narrow ditch. The ditch is between 200mm and 380mm wide and between 50mm and 200mm deep. Usually a ditch is made from non-harmful materials so as not to damage the jack or wood. The other function of a ditch is to take up excess water.

Preventing lawn disease and fungi

The shorter the lawn is kept the more susceptible the grass is to fungi and diseases as the grass is not able to photosynthesize effectively.
Bowling greens are not water-wise and have to be watered frequently. Bowling green lawn maintenance is somewhat similar to golf greens.

Types of bowling greens

There are two types of bowling greens soil-based greens and silica sand based greens.

Artificial grass bowling greens

It is not just the balls in bowls that have evolved from wood into composite plastic, the bowling greens have changed too. Bowling greens in warmer and drier climates than lawn bowl’s native England can be made from artificial lawn.
We maintain and install both natural and synthetic bowling greens and we’re bias towards a Life Sports Turf bowling green.