Lawn bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll biased bowls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a “jack”. It is played on a bowling green which may be flat (for “flat-green bowls”) or convex or uneven (for “crown green bowls”).
Gary Waterford, Grassman founder was commissioned in 1981 by Ampol Australia to develop and install the first artificial lawn bowls surface at the prestigious City Bowls Club in Sydney, next to St Mary’s Cathedral, where the Cook & Phillip swimming pool now stands. This was the first artificial grass surface for lawn bowls in the world, the aim being to achieve an all-weather surface that could withstand rain and drought, playable through all weather conditions, with a minimum amount of maintenance. Prior to this a Scottish company produced a woven and a needle-punch artificial surface for lawn bowls which although effective was a “carpet” and not able to drain and offer all-weather play.
Waterford and Ampol tested their products extensively through the University of NSW using variations of yarns and specifications to perfect a level, even & consistent playing surface that suited the characteristics required for the sport of lawn bowls and met the standards of World Bowls.
Grassman has products designed to withstand Australia’s harsh climate, whilst providing a consistently true ball roll and a long-wearing bowling surface that does not require water. Huge ongoing financial savings are achieved due to lower maintenance costs by eliminating water bills, mowing, weeding, rolling and associated labour costs as well as lost play due to poor weather.
Our range of synthetic grass lawn bowls surfaces suit the budgets and playing characteristics for high level international play, to local clubs and retirement villages. We also have products for lawn bowls banks and developed this process as a system back in the 1980’s.
Grassman’s patented D.U.C.C.® – drainage and cushioned underlay can be incorporated in our golf systems.