About Petanque

Pétanque – the best game you never heard of

The Classic City Pétanque Club is bringing the game of Pétanque to Athens, Georgia. Pétanque is one of the oldest games in human history, which basically involves throwing or rolling an object as close as possible to a destination. Pétanque belongs to a family of ball games that developed in the Mediterranean, today called boules in French and bacci in Italian. The Ancient Romans came up with the idea of adding a small target ball as the destination. The name Pétanque comes from the word “la petanca” in Provençal French dialect, deriving from pès tancats or “feet together”. It’s a fun and competitive game of concentration, strategy, and focus. And when four people are playing it becomes a team sport. Petanque is a play as you learn game, so lessons aren’t necessary. There is no cost and we have boules and any other equipment necessary to play. But perhaps most importantly, it’s a fun way to get outside in a comfortable setting, chat with your friends, and play.

Join us for a game or two on Mondays , Thursdays, or Sundays on the Pétanque terrain at the Lay Park and Community Center at 297 Hoyt Street downtown. Beginners and players of all ages and skill levels are welcome!