Old Coulsdon Bowling Club Ltd

  • 81 Couldson Road
  • Old Couldson
  • Coulsdon
  • Surrey
  • CR5 2LD

01737 552580
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The strings on the outdoor green are the outside line of each rink. On a regular basis these are changed so that the centre of each rink is not over played. In the outdoor ditches you will see different colour markers that indicate which colour of rink is being played at any time eg red, green, black etc. The name arose because until relatively recently, the rinks were delineated by actual physical strings from end to end. Now simply markers at the ends are used to determine whether a bowl or jack has gone outside the rink.

The strings are changed every few days by a member of the club. 

As a new member we hope you will get involved in the strings rota. These markers need regularly moving so that wear on the green is evened out as much as possible. We have a rota on which your name may appear a couple of times per season, once you have had the appropriate training. On the date specified you are required to move all the markers from the old colour to the new colour. This involves moving the rink numbers, the ditch marker, and the dividing markers for the rink - on all four sides of the green on both the bottom  and the top green. It takes about 30-40 minutes.

This needs to be done on the designated day before play starts (10am) or the previous evening after play finishes. You also need to take a rubbish bag along to empty the small waste bins on the banks around the greens. Once complete,  initial your name on the Strings rota to confirm the changes have been made. The Strings rota is posted on the notice board in the entrance lobby and shows the date and the colour you will be moving the markers to. If you can't make the date then please arrange to swap your date with someone else.