Where to play Pétanque in Asheville, NC

Pétanque, a French sport similar to bocce ball, is a staple in Asheville. Learn how and where to play.

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Pétanque began in 1910 in a small town near Marseille, France. Today, it’s played all over the world including here in Asheville. NC’s pétanque network, Carolina Pétanque, has over 100 members statewide.

How to Play

The objective of the game is to be the first player or team to score thirteen points. Similar to bocce ball, points are scored when one or more of your balls, called boules, are closer to the target than your opponent’s. You can shoot for the target or aim to knock your opponent’s boule out of play.

Getting Involved

Local French restaurant Rendezvous hosts sessions every Wednesday at 5 p.m. where you can learn to play. On Fridays, grab a drink at the outside bar and try your hand.

Carolina Petanque hosts tournaments and offers teams. For more information on how to play, you can reach out to them at CarolinaPetanque@yahoo.com. 🇫🇷

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