FAQ

Where can I learn?

Drop in to the club on game days and see how bowls is played.
Then arrange a time to come back and try out the game.
Or contact us by phone or email.
Free coaching is also available at the Club. Even the bowls are available free on loan.

How is Bowls played?

Bowls for members normal games are played either as Pairs (2 players on each team, with each player playing with 4 bowls), or Triples (3 players on each team, with each player playing with 3 bowls). Games are over 21 ends (an “end” is the playing of all bowls by all players from one end to the other) with usually a 3 hour plus duration. At the completion of each end, scores are counted with the team having the nearest bowl(s) to the jack (the small white ball) scoring 1 point for each of those bowls.
Club Championships include Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours.
Bowling events for businesses or social groups is a shortened and simplified form of the game with duration to suit the time available.

Want to play a game of Lawn Bowls?

The cost of hiring the club for bowls is $15 per person which includes games of bowls, hire of bowls, tuition to get you started and use of the Club.

If weather intervenes and bowling is not possible but the function or team building program still proceeds we reduce the cost to $7 per person. Generally a game of Lawn Bowls with food last at least 3 hours. There are also 1 hour and 2 hour bowling only price options.


Usually there is​ a small percentage of attendees who don’t bowl unless there are directives by the management or teams are preselected. When teams are preselected there might be an elimination structure with playoff finals and prizes as encouragement.

Catering: We don’t provide food on site but allow you to self cater inc disposable plates etc. Drinks must be purchased at the club.We can recommend Chargrill Charlies of High St Willoughby (9958 4094 ask for Peter or Manfred) who have a wide range of menus and price ranges and supply events at the Club regularly. While we do have a BBQ ($1 per person extra usage charge) which you could use – to have everything arrive prepared for you, considering the number likely to attend – is so much simpler. Dial up Pizza is also a simple option – try Crust at Willoughby 9417 7755. Or you may have your own preferred caterer. Some groups bring nibbles etc if not wanting an extensive meal.

Drinks:For costing expect people to have at least 3 drinks over that period – 3 soft drinks $9, 3 wines $12, 3 draft beers $15 or 3 specialty beers $18 – so $15 per person over that time is probably a reasonable average. We normally run a bar tab for this type of event, however you can have individual sale. Spirit drinks are not usually served at these events.

Payment:must be made on the day or known components can be prepaid – if by eftpos its Visa or Mastercard only. Please request a Tax Invoice if needed for your accounts system prior to the event.

Music: We can discuss how you want the venue to operate and look e.g. room layout/appearance. We have a PA system that an i-pod/phone/pad can be attached to with speakers for outside.
Depending on the weather, hats or caps might be advisable.

People can play barefoot but flat soled shoes are safer. In winter a start no later than 2pm is best (as the sun goes off the green by 3.30pm) as is a 5pm start during daylight saving (to avoid the heat of the day).

The Club is no longer available for event hiring

The Club over the last ten years has run a successful corporate bowls and event and function hiring program. Unfortunately we recently made the decision for staffing reasons to suspend any hiring for the foreseeable future. We thank all of our previous customers for their patronage.

Wedding or Not?

Are you thinking that your Wedding Reception will break the bank and you’ll never have enough for your first home loan – consider us!

The Club also hosts Anniversary Dinners, School Reunions, Sports Presentation Nights and Trivia Nights (see Venue Information for facilities and room layouts).

Hire of main hall for functions (other than when playing Bowls) is from $330 for the first 3 hours, there is also a reduced community hire rate.We have a range of catering contacts who can provide from canapé food for casual events to fully prepared multiple courses for up to approximately 70 people seated in the dining room.

There is an end of event time restriction due to close proximity to residences of 10.30pm.
Download the relevant pdf or email the Club for more information.
Email: chatswoodbowls@bigpond.com.au
Unfortunately we do not hold teenage or 21st parties at the Club.

For Schools?

Schools looking to provide a non-contact year round sport can make arrangements with the Club. We now have enough small sized bowls for 30 senior primary aged kids.

Our Location?

The Club is located at 655 Pacific Highway but not visible from the Highway. It is just over 300 metres south of Chatswood Railway Station. (see Contact page )

Walking from the station is easy by the Frank Channon Walkway. The walkway starts at Albert Ave (and links through under the station to Victoria Ave). It is an easy level stroll past Chatswood Oval, away from traffic – from Albert Avenue to Nelson Street – with direct access off the Walkway into the Club.


If driving, you need to be travelling south down the Highway (from Albert Ave) and turn left into Gordon Avenue at the Payless Tyres building, then left into Hammond Lane.

Carparking?

The Club has ample car parking with on-site parking for 60 cars. Enter via Gordon Avenue and exit directly onto the Pacific Highway southbound(see Contact page )

Chatswood Bowling Club is a No Smoking venue.

(We thought about putting up signs saying – ‘No Idiots’ – but we placed ‘No Smoking’ signs instead).

If you want to visit the venue or any further info or confirmation, please email the Club or Call 9412 2979