Lawn bowling in Medicine Hat has a long history in Medicine Hat. The first club was down by the CPR tracks near where the Royal Canadian Legion is now. In 1953, the club moved to it's present location on the corner of Third Street SE and Division Avenue South (across from Swirls).
In the first few decades at our location, both lawn bowling greens were used extensively with games going on most of the day and into the night. It is said that people used to sit along the alley to watch matches.
The club began a slow and steady decline in the 1980s and 90s, with the club having all of nine members by the end of the first decade of the 2000s. The Wednesday night jitney was the only event the club hosted at that time.
However, lawn bowling is making a comeback in Medicine Hat. Until COVID hit, we were experiencing a steady increase in our membership. We now have 65 members and host the following events:
- Wednesday evening jitney.
- Competitive singles league.
- Competitive mixed pairs league.
- 3-4 in-house tournaments, including a club novice tournament.
- 1-2 tournaments with the Lethbridge Lawn Bowling Club.
- 1-2 friendly matches with Lethbridge Lawn Bowling Club.
- The Medicine Hat Memorial Triples Tournaments (sanctioned Bowls Alberta Provincial Tournament).
- Youth programming.
- Modified lawn bowling for special populations.
- Creating social lawn bowling for New Canadians.
- Creating social lawn bowling for Pride Medicine Hat.
- Find ways to include people with disabilities or mobility issues.
- Expanding our competitive leagues.
- Creating a competitive club competition with Lethbridge Lawn Bowling Club.
- Look at using our bottom green to start a bocce club.