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((Jump to the directory.)) The American Petanque Directory is a directory of petanque clubs, groups, and terrains in the USA. It is a wiki. That means that if, while browsing the Directory, you see something that needs to be added, corrected or updated, you can do it. Just like Wikipedia! Click HERE to find petanque groups in different states. Scroll past that to see tips on how to edit the wiki. For more information about petanque, visit Petanque Portal USA.

The Directory (organized by state)

About the American Petanque Directory

What is the American Petanque Directory?

The American Petanque Directory (APD) is an online directory of petanque clubs, groups, and terrains in the USA.

It is implemented as a wiki. This means that visitors to the Directory have the ability to update the entries in the Directory. 

In a centrally administered web site, the site administrator eventually becomes a bottleneck to keeping the site updated and current. Wiki technology removes that bottleneck by making it possible for individual site visitors to update the information on the site. That means that if you, a visitor to the Directory, know of something that needs to be added, you can add it. If you know of something that needs to be corrected or updated, you can change it. Just like Wikipedia!

If you are not familiar with the concept of a wiki, this short YouTube video explains the basics, and you can consult the Wikipedia article on wikis.


  • FOR A NEW GROUP - If you know of a petanque group or club that is not yet listed in the directory, please edit the page for the appropriate state and add an entry for it.
  • FOR AN EXISTING GROUP - If you have a correction, addition, or update to an existing entry, please change the appropriate state page.
  • FOR AN INACTIVE GROUP - If you know of a group or club that has died or gone inactive, don't delete the entry for the club. Instead, add a note to the entry saying that the club is now inactive. You can also mark the text with strikethrough. That way, it is clear that the Directory knows that the club once existed but is no longer active. It is one way that people who have information about the club from other sources can find out that the club is gone.


BEFORE YOU EDIT THE DIRECTORY we strongly recommend that you read, or at least glance at, the Guidelines for updating the American Petanque Directory

How to provide a safe email address

We here at the American Petanque Directory advise you not to provide your your email address in a listing in the Directory. The reason for this advice is the existence of software programs called spambots. For more information about how to provide an email address safely, please read the Guidelines for updating the American Petanque Directory.

Things that ARE and ARE NOT listed in the Directory

Things that ARE listed in the Directory

  • A petanque club is an organized group that has its own web site, blog page, Facebook page, or MEETUP.COM page. Information about the club is provided on its web page, so the directory usually provides little information other than the address (URL) of the club's web page.
  • A petanque group is an informal group that does not have its own web page. The typical group has a terrain where it plays regularly, and a regular day and time when it plays. The directory listing for the group may give a contact telephone number or email address, but in many cases the best way to contact the group is simply to show up at a place and time when the group is playing, and introduce yourself.
  • A petanque terrain is a location that is suitable for playing petanque. It might be an area in a park, or a petanque court attached to a restaurant or hotel, or just about any place that would be a good place to play. It has a location, and it may have a web site... for example a park might have a listing on the web site of the local parks and recreation department.
  • A petanque player is a person who is seeking other petanque players, in a city where no petanque club or group is listed. Contact information may include an email address, telephone number, or personal web page such as a blog or Facebook page.

Things that ARE NOT listed in the Directory

  • Event announcements (such as announcements of upcoming tournaments), announcements of personal plans, personal status updates, etc. For those kinds of things, we recommend your club's own web site or Facebook page
  • "personals"-type communications (petanque player seeking petanque player). For those, we recommend Craig's list

How to help publicize the Directory

To be effective, the APD must be indexed by Web search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. You can help search engines find the APD by adding a link to it on your blog, web site, or Facebook page. When you link to the APD, you tell search engines that you think the APD is worth linking to. They add that link to their indexes, and that makes us show up when people search on words like "petanque".

Adding something as short as this will help a lot.

For a directory of American petanque clubs, visit the American Petanque Directory.

For a directory of American petanque clubs, visit the 
<a href="">American Petanque Directory</a>.

How to see the latest editing activity

How to view a picture gallery of terrains

Visit the Directory's gallery of thumbnails.

  • If you "mouse-over" a thumbnail, you can see the picture's filename/title.
  • If you click on a thumbnail, the picture blows up to its full size.

How to contact our site administrator

To communicate with Jules Lenoir, you can

Why your petanque club or group should have a web site

In the past the phone book and newspaper classifieds were the tools that people used to find things that they were looking for.  Today, the Web is the tool that they use. That means that nowadays if you want your club or group to grow — if you simply want other petanque players to be able to find you — your group needs to be "on the web".

Even if your group is listed here, in the American Petanque Directory, it is useful to have your own web page.

  • A web page makes it possible for people to find your group or club via search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
  • A web page also allows people to send you email via the web site, protecting your email address from spambots.

It is easy to create a web page for your group. You don't have to be a computer geek, and your group doesn't have to be a full-blown "club". And it can be done for free. We've created a web page with instructions on how to set up a web page for your club — see our blog post on How to make a web page for your club.

What is petanque?


A boule

Petanque, pronounced "pay-TONK", is one of Europe's most popular outdoor games. It is a cousin of the Italian bowling game called 'bocce'. The game originated in the South of France in 1910.

The aim is to toss, or roll a number of hollow steel balls ("boules") as close as possible to a small wooden target ball (the "jack" or cochonnet - "piglet").

There are two teams with one, two, or three players each. Teams and players take turns throwing their boules. When all players have thrown all their boules, the team with the boule closest to the jack wins a point for each of its boules that is closer than the other team's closest boule. It is legal (and good strategy) to try to hit an opposing team's boules away from the jack, and even to try to hit and move the jack. The first team to score 13 points, wins the game.

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The BouleFrogs of Richmond, Virginia

Unlike horseshoes, where the target stake is fixed, petanque's target ball may be hit and moved at any time, which can completely upset the score at the last second. And whereas official 'bocce' rules call for a smooth, prepared court with markers and sideboards, petanque can be played on most outdoor surfaces, without any setup.

No previous athletic skill is required. It is easy to learn, adults can play with children, and the equipment is inexpensive. It is relaxing, lots of fun, and a perfect way to make new friends.

For more information about petanque, visit Petanque Portal USA.

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