Petanque ("peh-TONK") has its origins in the South of France in the year 1907. It grew out of an older game, le jeu provençal, and spread throughout France in the ensuing decades. Now played in over 70 countries, petanque has grown into the world's most widely played outdoor bowling game.

 

The game is played with baseball-size metal boules, about 1 1/2 pounds in weight, with the object of getting them as close to a target ball (called a cochonnet, or "jack") as possible. Unlike its more familiar cousin, bocce, petanque is played in distances of six to ten meters and on a variety of surfaces — with rocks, ruts, slopes, swales and other earthly features contributing to the challenge and strategy of the game.

 

For more info and history of the game, please go to our Links & Contacts page. Below are a couple of videos about the game.

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