About the Tucson Petanque Club

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The Tucson Petanque Club is located in Tucson, Arizona, USA. We play during the winter. Our normal season is October through April. 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 organize our meets, but 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.
  • 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.
  • Note that consumption of wine or liquor is prohibited in Tucson city parks.
  • Leave your purse and other valuables in the car. (We’ve never had any problems, so this is really more about your peace of mind than the safety of your purse.)

Last-minute contact information

For last-minute weather reports, cancellations, and requests for directions,
call Steve Ferg on his cell phone at (520) 664-4133.

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.

If you have a Facebook account — “Like” our Facebook page.

Otherwise — Look to the right and find the Follow Blog via Email heading.
Beneath it, below Join ## other followers
     (1) enter your email address, and then
     (2) click the Follow button.

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 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.

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 more information about the game of petanque

About other petanque clubs in Arizona

A good two-minute video introduction to petanque

4 thoughts on “About the Tucson Petanque Club

  1. Excited to have stumbled on your Petanque club here in Tucson! Bought a set of boules in France a few years ago and would love to get into playing. Plus, my brother in law from Nice is visiting me for October and would also love a game. I’ll tell him we can’t smoke Gaulois and drink Ricard in Reid Park! Thanks so much!

  2. Just saw your ad in the Loft Film Guide and am so pleased to learn of the club’s existence. My wife is French and we spend considerable time in Provence where “boule” is so popular. I plan to come to Reid Park and check it out! Merci!!

  3. Saw your ad at the Loft Cinema. Who is the man in the red shirt? He is the spitting image of my husband Gary. We are from Columbus, Ohio.

    1. Thanks! We think that it is a great picture. You can see it at

      His name is Marco Foyot. He is French, and one of the world’s all-time greatest petanque players. He is in his 60s now, and although he continues to play, he has transformed himself into an international petanque ambassador, lending his name and prestige to promoting the game all over the world.

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