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Petanque About to Be All the Rage in SaMo

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Shuffleboard is out and petanque is in: Santa Monica recently removed courts for the former sport and installed those for the latter in Palisades Park. Petanque is a French bocce-liked sport and is described as "the fastest growing outdoor bowling game in the world," by The new courts, located between the senior center and the pier, are available between 5 am and midnight. A release from Santa Monica describes the petanque course as a welcome improvement over the shuffleboard courts, which have sat idle for years. [Santa Monica]