We play during the winter. Our normal season is October through April.
Read about Tucson’s Five Seasons.
- We play at the Reid Park bandshell terrain at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon.
- Visitors and beginners welcome.
- If you have boules, bring ‘em. If you don’t, we have guest boules.
- If you’d just like to come down and watch, feel free.
- Bring a bottle of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in Tucson.
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Never played before?
If you’ve never played before, don’t let that stop you — just come down and join us. If you’d just like to try the game once, come on down and give it a try. We’ll give you a free, fast, five-minute, lesson and you’ll be good to go. If you would prefer a more leisurely lesson, drop us a message (below). Leave your name and phone number, and we will arrange to meet you before the start of regular play.
You don’t need to be especially “athletic”, and mobility issues are not a problem. If you can stand (even with crutches, or in a wheelchair) and swing an arm, you can play and enjoy petanque. Bring the kids, or the grandchildren, and play with them. We have kids guest boules for those smaller hands.
Petanque is a game of skill, not strength, and men and women can compete on an equal footing. In France the game is dominated by men, but in the rest of Europe and the United States, women and men play in approximately equal numbers.
Buying a set of boules
In petanque, each player typically owns his or her own set of boules (metal balls). We provide guest boules, but if after playing for a while you want to own your own set, we can sell you a set of Petanque America leisure boules for $20. Or you can order your own boules online. For tips on buying boules online, visit the Buying Boules page. The best online store for petanque boules is the Petanque America online store.
The best way to contact us is to send us a message (below). Your comment will be sent to us via email, and (assuming you left your email address with your comment) we will be able to reply to you via email.
Reach the club president, Stephen Ferg, via telephone at (520) 664-4133.
How can I join the Tucson Petanque Club?
The Tucson Petanque Club is an informal group of Tucson residents and winter visitors. We use this web site to organize our meets, but we don’t keep a membership list. Currently, we’re more a recurring event than a formally organized club. To join us, simply sign up for email notifications of our events (see above) and come out and play with us.
Eventually, if we achieve a critical mass of regular players, we may consider creating a formal organization, joining the FPUSA, and so on.
For more information about the game of petanque—
- Petanque Portal USA has links to the most useful petanque web sites.
- The All about Petanque blog covers all the basics of the game and its traditions.
About Tucson parks
- Consumption of wine or liquor is prohibited in Tucson city parks. Consumption of beer (during a picnic, for instance) is permitted but requires a $25 permit.
- A Tucson city resident may reserve a ramada for an afternoon for $15.
See the list of rates and fees for park reservations.
- Ramada availability may be checked online and then reservations may be made via telephone. Reservations may be made for up to 6 months in advance. Weekend time-slots go quickly, and are usually booked several months in advance.
About other petanque clubs in Arizona
- There is a well-established club in the Jerome/Verde Valley/Sedona area. They do not have a web site, but contact information is available on the “Arizona” page of the American Petanque Directory.
- We have had several enquiries about petanque in the Phoenix area. Currently we know of no petanque club in Phoenix. You might find contact information for other petanque players in the Phoenix area on the “Arizona” page of the American Petanque Directory.
Two-minute video introduction to petanque