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.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

modesto pétanque

It may be an old article, yet may be new news to those of us who missed it...

Pétanque Courts Installed in Beyer Community Park

City of Modesto, California Press Release
November 30, 2005

The City of Modesto recently completed the installation of two Pétanque (pronounced "pay-tonk") courts at the Beyer Community Park located on Sylvan Avenue. Crews from the City’s Park Services and Maintenance Division worked with local volunteers to renovate two former horseshoe pits into the Pétanque courts.
Pétanque, one of Europe's most popular outdoor games, originated in Provence in the early 1900s and is a distant cousin of horseshoes and a close relative of bocce. It is played on hard packed dirt using small wood and metal balls. The City of Modesto’s courts were the result of collaborating with local residents who had expressed an interest in building a Pétanque court and bringing the game of Pétanque to Modesto. Previously, one had to travel to Sacramento or Oakhurst to play the game.
The courts, now open, are located near the skate park in Beyer Park, located on Sylvan Avenue, adjacent to Beyer High School.For more information, contact Loren Holt at (209) 571-5573 or email:

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