Pre-ordered Catered Lunch Plan Available Now!

Pre-ordered Catered Lunch Plan

Only $10 per day or $15 at the door

To pre-order catered lunches during tournament, click here or send e-mail directly to Wendy Brayman at For more information, call 1-603-345-1817.

Note: Due to the overwhelming amount of players, tournament play will go quite fast and you will not have time to leave grounds for food. Sunnyside Caféwill serve hot lunches in the Sarasota Municipal Building (click here to see photos from 2016 tournament lunches) and Sun City Hospitality will serve lunch in their club house.

Pay for your lunches when you register to play. Please remember to pick up your lunch card at the club when you pay. The lunch card is good at either club.

SRQ Magazine: At 90 Years Old, Can Sarasota Still Breed Olympic Athletes?

90 years ago, the Scots who settled in Sarasota couldn’t have known that the then tiny bayside city might be providing a path for US Olympic Lawn Bowling hopefuls to Budapest, Paris or Los Angeles in 2024. World Bowls, the worldwide governing body of the Lawn Bowling community has petitioned the International Olympic Committee to participate in future games endorsed by the Commonwealth Games Federation. Interestingly enough, a section of the bid was borrowed from Daniel Jittu, President of the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club's presentation to host the 2016 and 2017 US Open games in Sarasota.

According to Neil Dalrymple, CEO of Bowls Australia, the world of bowls started taking notice of the United States when the US women's Lawn Bowling team took home the gold in March at the China Open in Shenzhen. Dalrymple applauded Sarasota for taking a lead role in this success.

Unlike other countries, where greens are as frequent as Starbucks, only a few public parks are still open to bowlers thanks to visionaries such as Marcellus Jocelyn, Del Webb and Roy and Walt Disney, all avid bowlers. For more information visit:




Health & Lifestyle Expo

November 17, Thursday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
November 18, Friday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
November 19, Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

FREE EXPO ~ Bring the Family! 

The Sarasota Municipal Auditorium hosts Health & Lifestyle Expo with 30+ businesses showcasing products and services. There will be daily speakers, performances and interactions for all ages.

Some sponsor tables are still available. Contact Alin Lozada or Tim Mitten

On Saturday, there will be a Food Truck Rally and Antique Car Show in front of the Auditorium, and the US Open Lawn Bowling finals and closing ceremonies next door, including a party afterwards inside the Auditorium.

Visit the Bowls USA 2016 US Open website for more information about the week-long tournament.

Hosted by Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, a non-profit 501(c.)

Bagpipers to play at opening ceremonies

Bagpipers from the Riverview High School Kiltie Marching Band and Sarasota Military Academy plus the SMA Color Guard will perform at the opening ceremonies on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 2-5:00pm. The pipers are a tribute to the importance of the Scottish community in the development of lawn bowling as a local and world sport.


A bagpiper from local Scottish organizations plays Amazing Grace each Sunday at sunset in Bayfront Park near the Dolphin fountain. This community activity is independent of the US Open tournament. The Piper in the Park program pays tribute to the landing of the Scots in Sarasota and their founding of the city in 1885.




Members of Blue Skye Pipes and Drums, the only all-female pipe band in the United States, are shown playing at the park. Blue Skye incorporates many Celtic instruments, such as bagpipes, harp, fiddle, and guitar into its performances. William Wallace, a recipient of 2012 National Tartan Day Award, holds the Scottish flag. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Donohue / LCD Photography)



Recently, the Sahib Temple Pipes & Drums Band were guest pipers. 




Robert Howard, President of the Caledonian Club of Florida West, holds the flag of Scotland at one of the Piper in the Park events. The Caledonian Club of Florida West is a sponsor of both the Piper in the Park program and Bowls USA 2016 US Open.




Dan Jittu of the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, Piper Rob Thierfelder of the Caledonian Club, & the staff of the Chidley Library pose for an after-party photo for the Historical Bowls Exhibit & Cocktail Party.



Robert Howard President, & Rob Thierfelder Piper of the Caledonian Club of Florida West at the Chidley Library party for US Open Lawn Bowling guests

Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, first and oldest tenant of city-owned Bayfront property

Vintage Aerial View - SLBC - SRQ Mag.jpg

In less than 30 days, athletes from 14 countries will participate in the Bowls USA 2016 US Open for Lawn Bowling, a sport invented for noble knights to practice their skill and knowledge of warfare and diplomacy.

Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, the first and oldest tenant of the city-owned Bayfront property, will host this event on November 12–19, 2016. The tournament is open free of charge to the public.

The Lawn Bowling facility is comprised of three historic greens positioned between the Van Wezel sign on 10th street and the Art Deco Sarasota Exhibition hall at 809 North Tamiami Trl.  

Next April, your view of the club will dramatically change with the installment of the roundabout. Vehicles will pass within three feet of the greens giving drivers a clear view of the sport. The Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club is raising monies to provide night bowling for the community.

When asked about his community efforts, Daniel Jittu, chairman of the US Open Committee, recalls a statement made by Winston Churchill—a bowler himself: “For what is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?” 

SRQ Magazine Article: Colour Our World (October 3, 2016)

Bowls USA 2016 US Open For Lawn Bowling

This November, the Sarasota Bayfront will be festooned with the colored shirts of athletes from around the world as Sarasota hosts the Bowls USA 2016 and 2017 US Open Lawn Bowling Championships.

The Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club is the oldest tenant on the Bayfront established in 1927. The event is a collaboration between the City of Sarasota, Visit Sarasota, both City and County Parks and Recreation Departments. Other groups like Sister Cities, Historical Society, Caledonian Club and the Garden Club have all added their support to welcome participating athletes from 14 countries.

Lawn bowling has been a tradition in Sarasota for 90 years and recently was hailed as one of the areas fastest growing sports.

According to Daniel Jittu, Chairman of the US Open, the games will showcase the sport to Sarasotans while showcasing Sarasota to the world. US Open tickets and the Health and Lifestyle Expo coinciding with the event will be free to the public. For more information visit:

World Bowls President interview on IOC recognition

Whilst the world is enthralled by the athletes and their achievements at the Olympic Games in Rio, World Bowls continues in its endeavour for IOC recognition for Bowls.
This week, John Bell, World Bowls President was interviewed whilst at the English National Championships by TalkSport recognition and gave an update and some background on the submission process.

Listen to the interview:



Recognition Request File submitted to International Olympic Committee

World Bowls has now submitted its Recognition Request File to the International Olympic Committee Sports Department. Commenting on the submission World Bowls Chief Executive Gary Smith said:

‘Preparation of the IOC Recognition Request File has been a mammoth task requiring completion of a detailed questionnaire consisting of over 40 pages accompanied by around 120 supporting documents, which also includes a very positive Letter of Support for our application for IOC recognition  from the Commonwealth Games Federation.’ Smith added:

‘Our Recognition Request File will now be studied and processed by the IOC Sports Department before passing to the IOC Executive Board for consideration at their December 2016 meeting. Obtaining IOC recognition is a necessary initial step in order to be able to progress an application for our sport to be included in future Olympic Games.’


World Bowls looking towards Olympics

IOC recognition application process launched

At the World Bowls European Development Seminar being staged in Glasgow this weekend Gary Smith, World Bowls Chief Executive announced that World Bowls has launched the formal process of seeking International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition for our sport.

Smith said:-

‘We had to await the results of a full review undertaken by the IOC of their eligibility criteria to firstly ensure that we met the minimum number of member nations criteria. The review was completed in December 2015 and the criteria were issued to us a couple of months ago and we meet this criteria. The initial step required was to send a formal letter to IOC advising them that we are seeking their recognition.

We are now required to complete a 40 page questionnaire and to submit this with a wide range of relevant documents as our IOC Recognition Request File to reach IOC by 31 August 2016. Our application with then be considered by the IOC Executive Board during its meeting in December 2016’

This positive development will be welcomed by our global bowls community and we will keep you fully informed of progress with our application.

We must stress that inclusion of Lawn Bowls  on the Olympic Games Sports Programme does not come immediately with IOC recognition of our sport, recognition is only the first step and the foundation from which to lobby for inclusion on the Olympic Games Sports Programme but recognition will in itself bring great benefits to our members.