Pétanque Anyone?

What is pétanque?  It’s a French game similar to bocce ball or lawn bowling.  The goal is to throw metal balls as close as possible to the small ball named a cochonnet. petanque_court

Pétanque is played on a hard surface.  The game can be played on a formal court or in a makeshift area for impromptu matches.  Surfaces vary, but many players prefer the playing area to be a fine crushed aggregate.  Stone provides good drainage for a drier surface.  Properly-graded aggregate also forms a firm, stable surface important for playability and participant safety.

For this pétanque court at Northside Park in Wheaton, Illinois, the owner chose fine-screened red granite.  This material combines an attractive look with excellent playability.

Want to learn the basics of the sport?  Check out this timeless video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s9BpxOsOY4


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