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A Supreme Court for Asheville

Updated: Apr 4, 2020


by David Langdon

This article is edited from an article Langdon wrote for the UNCA College for Seniors.

If the supreme lawn bowling court in the country is now in Asheville, the “chief justice” might just be OLLI Lawn Bowling instructor Stan Glickman. This is the story of the Asheville Lawn Bowling Club, the new and amazing, world-class lawn bowling court and how you could take a College for Seniors class this spring at OLLI to play on the court while Stan teaches you how to lawn bowl.

In the fall of 2018 when the Asheville Lawn Bowling Club upgraded (an) old, small court to a state-of-the-art 120’ square, artificially surfaced court through the efforts of City of Asheville Parks and Recreation department’s Susan Travis and current Asheville Lawn Bowling Club president Bill Stoermer. The new world-class lawn bowling surface will make Asheville very desirable for hosting regional and even national tournaments.

“How do you play the game?” you ask. Lawn bowling is played with four bowls individually or on teams of two or four players. At the risk of stealing Stan’s thunder, the bowls are solid and round on one side but tapered on the opposite side. This allows them to travel in a gentle curve. The object of the game is to get a bowl (think ‘ball’) closest to a little white marker ball called a “jack.” The rink (think ‘lane’) is 14’ wide and 120’ long. This, of course, takes a lot of finesse and is the subject of Stan Glickman’s spring session CFS class on lawn bowling. It really is a lot of fun and great for eye-hand coordination.

Glickman has been involved with the Asheville Lawn Bowling Club for 10 years and is a past president. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Imagine what you could do if you only knew how to lawn bowl through a College For Seniors class at OLLI.


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