Petanque courts added at Seaside

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 04:54 PM.

After 14 years of playing wherever, Seaside finally got its first dedicated petanque courts Monday afternoon.

A ribbon cutting was held next to Bud & Alley's Pizza Bar for the new petanque courts and celebrated with pizza and champagne.

The use of the site was donated by homeowners Calvin and Frances Fayard and William Sasser.

Seaside Town Founders Robert and Daryl Davis donated the landscaping for the three courts which are 13 feet wide by 50 feet long.

Architectural design of the area was by Curtis and Wyndham Architects of Houston.

Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally "piglet") or jack. It is also sometimes called a bouchon (literally "cork") or le petit ("the small one"). The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass, sand or other surfaces. It is similar to bocce.

The game of petanque was introduced at Seaside in 1999 by then Seaside jeweler Laurent Braconnier, who taught Bud & Alley's owner Dave Rauschkolb to play. They, in turn, taught two more and it grew from there, said Rauschkolb. Now, about 12 to 15 players play the game regularly and more when homeowners and their guests are in town.

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