About the Tucson Petanque Club

The Tucson Petanque Club is located in Tucson, Arizona, USA. We play during the winter. Our normal season is October (after Columbus Day) through May (up to Memorial Day). Read about Tucson’s Five Seasons.

The Tucson Petanque Club is an informal group of Tucson residents and winter visitors. We use this web site to co-ordinate times and places to play, but there are no club officers and we don’t keep a membership list. To join us, simply come out and play with us. If you wish, you can sign up for email notifications of our events (see below).

  • We play at the Reid Park bandshell terrain at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon.
  • Reid Park is big, so you need precise directions in order to be able to find us.
  • Visitors and beginners welcome.
  • If you have boules, bring ’em. If you don’t, we have guest boules.
  • If you’d just like to watch, that’s fine. We have lawn chairs.
  • Bring a bottle of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in Tucson.
  • We recommend that you leave your purse and other valuables in the car. We’ve never had any problems, but you’ll be able to concentrate better on the game if you’re not worrying about something else.
  • Note that consumption of wine or liquor is prohibited in Tucson city parks.

Want to play at some other day, time, location?

Contact us (see below).

How to contact us

To contact us send us a message (below). Your message will be forwarded to us via email, and we will be able to reply to you via email.

For last-minute questions, directions, cancellations, and weather reports, or just to speak to a live human person, here is our telephone contact information.

How to get email notifications of upcoming events

If you sign up for email notifications, whenever news of an event (or cancellation) is posted here, the post will be sent to you in an email message. The email messages contain an “unsubscribe” link, so you can unsubscribe whenever you wish.

If you have a WordPress account — Follow us on WordPress by looking to the right side of this page, clicking on the blue Follow Tucson Petanque Club button, and logging in.

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Otherwise — Look to the right and find the Follow Blog via Email heading.
Beneath it, below Join ## other followers
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Never played before?

If you would like to learn, or just try, petanque, come down and join us. We’ll give you a free five-minute lesson and you’ll be good to go. You don’t need to be especially “athletic” to play petanque. If you can swing an arm, you can play and enjoy petanque. Petanque is a game of skill, not strength, and men and women can compete on an equal footing. We have kid-size guest boules for those smaller hands.

Buying a set of boules

In petanque, each player typically owns his or her own set of three boules (metal balls).   We provide guest boules, but if after playing for a while you want to own your own set, we may be able to sell you a set of Petanque America leisure boules. 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.

For more information about the game of petanque

About other petanque clubs in Arizona

A good two-minute video introduction to petanque

See also the comprehensive English-language source for The Rules of Petanque.

7 thoughts on “About the Tucson Petanque Club

  1. Bonjour! I am the French teacher at Flowing Wells High School. I just taught my students about Provence. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to come and present a bit about pétanque and then bring some sets so my classes could play? This would be a great way to bring in culture as well as local community members to our school!
    John Layer

    1. I’d be willing to tell your class about Petanque and bring along a few sets for them to try the game. Is there a telephone number where I can reach you?
      Mark Hurwitz

  2. My wife and I are retired and have played a lot of Petanque in the TX Valley.
    We are planning a trip to AZ in the coming months and would like to see if we could roll a ball again.
    We live in NM, are former RVers.
    This is to establish a contact hoping our trip gels.

    1. Hi Ross, it is good to hear from you. Yup, come along, we have lots of guest boules. We’ll be paytonking until the weather gets too hot in Tucson, which is usually some time in May. Hoping you can make it.

      Where are you in NM? I don’t know of any petanque group between ABQ and El Paso, but there are several groups north of ABQ, including ABQ itself, Santa Fe and Los Alamos.

      1. Thanks for the feedback.
        We live in the rural area near Socorro, south of ABQ.
        Years back I was aware of some players in Santa Fe but not ABQ.

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