Port Elizabeth Bowling Green Club

Posted by Travel Trip Blogger on Fri November 14, 2014 in Sport in the Bay.

The Port Elizabeth Bowling Green Club is the oldest in South Africa and was founded on 14 August 1882 at a meeting in the home of Joseph Swallow. Present at this meeting were 7 men, John Horton, Thomas Blair, Benjamin Sutcliffe, Ebenezer Webster, James Lucas, William Gillman and David Crabb.

The first lawn, or "green," as affectionately known by the bowling fraternity, was opened on January 5, 1884 by A C Wylde and named "Founder's Green," situated in the picturesque St George's Park.

The second green was opened on September 3, 1887, by Admiral Sir Walter Hunt-Grubbe of HMS Raleigh.

The first sod of the third green, "Rhodes' Green'' was turned by Cecil Rhodes on December 24, 1896 and the fourth green, "Prince of Wales," was completed in 1926.

Celebrities like Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson, General Botha, General Baden Powell and many more, visited the club.

An annual bowling competition used to be held at "Eastertide," and was held in Port Elizabeth in 1915.

The Bowling club is still operational today. For more information visit http://www.epbowls.co.za/

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