Petanque is a Game for All Ages

Today at a family gathering I taught my ninety-year old great grandmother to play... and she beat me!

Petanque with Grandma

Petanque with Grandma

If you are interested in finding a new hobby or game that can be played at a family gathering then you should try Petanque. This game is a lot more fun than it looks! Last week I played for my first time and immediately got hooked. The game itself is very simple. You’ve got three metal balls that you try to throw closer to a small wooden ball than your opponent. It’s kind of like horseshoes, but Petanque can be played just about anywhere (and the real way to play is to throw the balls with one hand and hold your drink in the other).

The first time I played Petanque I played with a couple of guys and gals, and one older gentleman was using a walker. Imagine that, a guy on a walker can play this game and do as well as a guy in his twenties! After the game we all went out and grabbed a beer together at a local pub. Petanque is a social game. Today at a family gathering I taught my ninety-year old great grandmother to play… and she beat me!

Measuring Petanque Unofficially

Measuring Petanque Unofficially

Well my 10-year old cousin wanted to play, so I taught her and she had a blast! My aunt was so intrigued by the game that she wanted to purchase her own set of Petanque balls so she could take the game back home to Kentucky!

If anyone out there is interested in trying out a game of Petanque, come to the harbor front in downtown Fernandina Beach (near the end of Ash Street). Some really friendly people gather there to play every Saturday morning. If you’re interested in knowing more about Petanque, or want to get your own set, check out www.PetanqueAmerica.com.

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4 Comments

  1. Island Girl

    Or you can call us “Petanque America” at 904-491-1190. There are many people who still do not know that we are a local company, located in Fernandina since June 2009.
    Come on by and personally pick out your boules.

  2. ameliadude

    I hear there is a local tournament here on the 27th of March. Can't wait to play in it!

  3. Island Girl

    Or you can call us “Petanque America” at 904-491-1190. There are many people who still do not know that we are a local company, located in Fernandina since June 2009.
    Come on by and personally pick out your boules.

  4. ameliadude

    I hear there is a local tournament here on the 27th of March. Can't wait to play in it!

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