There are artificial surfaces in existence for playing lawn bowls. These include all-weather outdoor surfaces as well as indoor “bowling greens” (actually carpet-covered indoor rinks) which can be dismantled and moved to another location.
Every variation of an artificial surface for playing bowls is very expensive, but at the same time they are a boon to bowls competition organisers who don’t have to worry when planning a tournament about what the weather might do to the playing surface.
Are there many artificial greens in existence?
Due to the high cost of installing artificial bowling greens, whether outdoor or indoor, and the high cost of maintaining them, they are fairly rare. The one in the photo above is an all-weather surface at the famous Broadbeach Bowls Club on Australia’s Goldcoast.
Why are there squares on all-weather outdoor greens?
The squares you see demarcated on all-weather outdoor rinks are only square incidentally. Really these are permanently demarcated centre lines along which the jack travels when the lead delivers it. When you play east to west there is one line and when you play north to south there is another line. These intersect on the green to form square.
Why is an indoor green actually blue?
When you think of a blue indoor bowling surface you are probably thinking of the famous blue carpet at the annual World Indoor Bowls Championships at Potters Resorts Hopton-on-Sea in England as pictured here.
The creators found that blue is the best colour for indoor bowling rinks because blue responds well to artificial light, to TV cameras and a yellow jack contrasts well with blue, making it easy for the players to see.