As sunset neared on a recent weeknight, competitors played on each of the Marin Bocce Federation’s 10 courts, taking turns tossing balls underarm at the jack, the small silver ball that is the object of the game.
Perhaps more importantly, those not competing took turns chatting on the sidelines. Some ate or drank at one of a few picnic tables spread through the well-groomed garden area.
With vibes like this, it’s no wonder that the San Rafael bocce club reportedly has the largest number of attendees of any such West Coast space: approximately 1,200 league players split across 160 morning and evening teams.
Nearly 30 years after the club first opened in June 1994, it still deserves a visit, even if pickleball does get more hype these days.
P.S. The Pacific Sun’s inaugural and completely undemocratic Best Bocce Team Name Award goes to “Boccelism.”