Over the years, Buck Hill Falls has garnered national and international attention for its pristine lawn bowling facilities. In 1931, the first lawn bowling greens were installed. Membership in the Lawn Bowling Club entitles a person to free lessons, practice sessions and club tournament play.
In 1931, new tennis courts were built and the area vacated became Buck Hill’s first bowling green. The green was enlarged to regulation size in 1932. The Buck Hill Breeze community newsletter announced, “The first tournament of Bowling on the Green ever staged anywhere in the Poconos got underway today with almost forty entrants.” Accordingly, in 1939 four rinks on the lower green were opened and in 1945 this green was enlarged to regulation size. It was dedicated in 1945 as the Wilson Green in memory of “Uncle Clarkson,” a pillar of the early Quaker community, a man of great charm and warmth who was instrumental in bringing lawn bowling to Buck Hill Falls.
Clifford Gillam, BHF Company President from 1944 to 1965, drew lots of celebrity bowlers to Buck Hill, including Walt Disney and William “Bill” Hay of Amos ‘n Andy fame. Bill Hay was a past president of the International Bowling Board and an Honorary Life President of the ALBA. He was Buck Hill Fall’s announcer from 1960 to 1969.
For many years, the Lawn Bowling club incorporated the Trumpet Vine Tournament, which included bowling with obstacles on the greens. These obstacles were used as teaching guides for our lawn bowling program for children. After watching the fun, the club created the Trumpet Vine Tournament for adults. This tournament has since become our singles tournament. The Nelson Tournament named in memory of George and Betty Nelson, long-time Buck Hill residents and avid bowlers, is our annual doubles tournament. We are grateful to George and Betty’s son, G. Robert Nelson, Jr., who continues to support this annual event through the Elizabeth M. Nelson Memorial Trust.
Today, Buck Hill enjoys a weekly lawn bowling social, which is very well attended by children and adults alike for intergenerational and family fun.