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6 sweet barefoot bowls spots on the Coast

Nannas know what’s up. A spot of bowls on a Sunday arvo and a schooner of shandy (hold the lemonade) or two, what could be better. Nothin.

Luckily, as you’re no doubt aware, bowls these days ain’t just for the oldies and their squad. You and yours can get involved in the (very slow paced) action on a Sunday arvo too.

Here are 6 spots to spend a cruisy Sunday arvo rolling balls down a grassy green (from south to north for a change).

Tweed Heads Bowls Club
If you’re a fan of Sunday drives but don’t feel the need to venture very far, head down to the heart of Tweed Heads and spend your Sunday at Tweed Heads Bowls Club. The cute little club was founded in 1921 and the passionate locals have kept it in pristine condition ever since. There’s an indoor green (CRAZY) and four outdoor ones and once you’ve had your fill of bowling, pop into Bistro 16 for a bowl of wedges and a chin wag. Barefoot bowls is FREE from 12 to 5pm Sundays.
Where: Florence St, Tweed Heads

Tugun Bowls Club
Located on Kaleena Street is Tugun Bowls and Community Club, a club run by bowlers for bowlers (ones that give it a crack anyway) with pretty greens and good times aplenty. Enjoy a drink from the well-stocked bar or eat up a storm in Ka-Leenas Restaurant. Barefoot Bowls Sunday kicks off at 1pm every Sunday with live entertainment and free entry every last Sunday of the month, grab a Sunday roast for under $10, too. Bowls clubs rule.
Where: Kaleena St, Tugun

Burleigh Heads Bowls Club
This guy is THE place to gather your squad and spend an arvo in the hipster heartland of Burleigh Heads. Barefoot bowls between 12pm – 5pm on Sunday afternoon’s for only $5 per person, live entertainment included. Due to its insane popularity there are two sessions – from 12pm to 2.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm, make sure you book! If you’ve never played barefoot bowls, don’t worry, they even have coaches to help get you started.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Mermaid Beach Bowls Club
Leave your heels at home and get ready to kick off those pluggas, it’s time to hit Mermaid Bowls’ pristine greens with nothing but your bare feet and a beer. Found right in the heart of the Coast, Mermaid Beach Bowls Club offers you three of the best greens on the Gold Coast making it the perfect spot to take your pals on a Sunday arvo. The best thing is it’s free from 12pm until 6pm every Sunday. Continue your Sunday session at everyone’s fave Apres Surf once you’re done.
Where: 9 Markeri St, Mermaid Beach

Broadbeach Bowls Club
The official home of the Commonwealth Games lawn bowls contingent, Broadbeach Bowls Club is just steps from the beach and offers live entertainment, tasty eats and, of course, barefoot bowls. Every Sunday from 9am – 9pm (the longest barefoot sess on the Coast!) you and your gang can enjoy two hours of fun for only $7 per person. Choose between one of four championship greens and let the games begin!
Where: 169 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

Southport Bowls Club
SoPo’s club is the oldest  on the Coast and is located just 200m south of Australia Fair for s apot of shopping once you’re done. Barefoot bowls is a thing every Sunday from 10am for only $5 per person, including all equipment and coaching. If you’re hungry (which you obviously are) da club has you covered with platters, sausage sizzles, BBQ’s or buffets available during or after bowls.
What really makes this club special is the BYO picnic. Grill your own meat and relax in the outdoor area under shades with two BBQ’s for no charge. Make sure you book!
Where: 2 Marine Pde, Gold Coast

By Kirra Smith

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