Bay Area Pétanque Clubs

La Boule d'Or

San Francisco

Oldest formal club in the US, founded in 1959 by Jean Bontemps, an importer from Provence, with a 'boulodrome' in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.  John Krauer has been the active president for many years.


Playing location: Pétanque Bowling Field, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (map)

Take Park Presidio Boulevard
Turn right on Fulton street, along north side of Golden Gate Park
Turn left on 36th avenue into the park

Turn right at the next small street and find the courts ¼ mile down the road 

next to the dog training area

Contact: John Krauer  -, 650-755-2391, 650-534-4785 (cell)

La Pétanque Marinière

San Raphael

Active Marin pétanque club since 1972 and affiliated with the Fédération of Pétanque USA, since 1975. Welcomes people of all abilities, ages and nationalities to come and enjoy pétanque. Casual games are played every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from about 1 pm. Tournament play is usually held on the second Sunday of every month.


Playing location: Pierre Joske Courts, Civic Center Dr, San Rafael (map)

Directions: Access parking lot via Armory Drive

Contact: Alain Efron -,  415-479-5820

La Boule Joyeuse

Menlo Park

Club founded in the 1970's and has around 30 members. Games on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:30 PM. Tournament every third Sunday of the month.


Playing location: Flood Park, Menlo Park (map)

Exit Hwy 101 on Marsh Rd, toward Atherton
Go 0.5 mi.
Turn left on Bay Rd.
Go 0.7 mi
Flood Park is on your left

Contact: Janet Troussieux -, 650 508-0737