WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL BLOG for La Pétanque Marinière in San Rafael, California. LPM has been an active Marin pétanque club since 1972 and affiliated with the Fédération of Pétanque USA, since 1975. We welcome people of all abilities, ages and nationalities to come and enjoy pétanque with us.

The Pierre Joske Courts are located on Civic Center drive in San Rafael. (click for directions). Casual games are played every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from about 1 pm. Tournament play is usually held on the second Sunday of every month.

Please consult the links on the sidebar to the right for more information on clubs in the bay area, nationally and world wide.

If you would like to play but haven't any boules, please contact our President, Christine Cragg, or Ken Lee. They can bring some for you to use, as well as introduce you to the basic skills and techniques of pétanque. In addition, if you are looking to purchase boules but are unsure as to which size and weight are right for you, we have a range of different examples from which to choose.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Saratoga, Monte Sereno join forces to build $17,000 pétanque court



Although very few could identify petanque, players of this 100-year-old game would argue that it's more popular than you'd think, which is why this French game of accuracy is expected to have a new court in Saratoga's Azule Park in the coming weeks.

But even for a city with about 30,000 people, a dozen petanque players isn't very many. And even for a community with seemingly infinite funding, $17,000 seems like a lot of money to spend on a court that only 10 to 12 people will use. Continue Reading >>

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