Shoes
When you become a more serious and regular member, you will want to have a pair of specific bowling shoes. But for all beginners, and many others, all you need is a pair of flat soled shoes so that you do not mark the green. Tennis shoes, for example, are ideal, as are many walking shoes.
If you are buying a new pair and are considering playing on grass greens in the future choose a smooth soled pair as these are required on most grass greens. Many other clubs still enforce all white days so you might as well purchase your new smooth soled shoes in white.
Clothing
All white, or cream, clothing is no longer required at the Santa Cruz Bowls Club but many members continue to honor the old traditions of the game. We now offer an assortment of colorfull club shirts for sale which include whites as well as our club colors of red & black. This helps preserve the old traditions of the game - though, of course, many of us wear shorts in summer. On all other occasions, any comfortable clothing will suffice. Because of the heat and glare, a hat or visor is definitely a necessity for most bowlers.
Bowls

For beginners and visitors, the club always maintains a stock of bowls you may borrow. But as you play more regularly, you will want your own personal set that you can enjoy, maintain and roll predictably. See Links section, or contact the club chairman for catalogs and prices. In the USA, there are only a few sources for these, but they are the same international quality suppliers.
Each set of four has a unique logo or pattern on them so you can identify your own in any game. One set of bowls will last you ten or more years with just the basics of maintenance and proper storage in their carry case.

Measure/Chalk
Special tape measures exist for bowling to resolve those close calls, as well as spray chalk to mark bowls that touched the jack. Keep these in your pocket, especially when you are playing Vice.
Name Badge
All members of the club are issued personal name badges. Most of us wear them on our hats or visors. While we might know you well, this does help newcomers and visiting club players to get your name right.
Locker
Lockers are available for a small fee at the clubhouse to store all your equipment.

 

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