Heart of Texas Pétanque Club is growing strong in Austin!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

What is Pétanque? First it is pronounced pay-TAHNK and second it’s usually played on hard dirt or gravel. It can be played on any surface just like bocce and bowls. Now how do you play Pétanque? It’s a form of boules. While standing with the feet together in a small circle you throw metal balls as close as possible to a cochonnet (jack).

Believe it or not on May 21st 2008 the current President Arsene Dupin and a group of friends formed The Heart Of Texas Pétanques Club! After moving to Austin from France, Arsene found he really missed the sport and started searching around town for others who might be interested! Imagine his surprise when he found a few players at the French Legation Museum!

He spread the word and taught the game to others until there were enough players to form a club. These players are from all walks of life and are enthusiastic players! You can find them playing at the French Legation, Pease Park, Paggi Square and the Mueller Browning Hanger. If you’d like to play you're always welcome to check on the site for games available.

Austin embraces diverse sports, customs and traditions. If after moving here you don’t find something dear and near to you just search for other like minded individuals. They are here and ready to embrace something new!

As always, what’s going on in Austin and real estate information is brought to you as a courtesy by Dorie Dillard, Coldwell Banker United, your NW Austin Real Estate Consultant.

P.S. If you are a homeowner thinking of selling, a prospective buyer or just curious about real estate in NW Austin; I welcome the opportunity for an insightful conversation about our real estate market . Feel free to contact me at 512-346-1799 or dillard@reloaustin.com. I offer you hands-on Professional guidance serving residentail home buyers and sellers.

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Dorie.  I've heard of this game but have never known how to play it.

May 28, 2017 04:51 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Dorie. Have never heard of the game. Interesting. Enjoy your day!

May 28, 2017 04:54 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much for this lesson. I was not familiar with this game.


May 28, 2017 05:18 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

We have a healthy Italian population that place Bocce ball but this is a new one on us.

May 28, 2017 05:25 AM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Dorie Dillard Though I had never heard of Petanque I can assure you I might be apt to take part provided there are a few healthy wagers involved as I am sure there might be amongst the players.

May 28, 2017 05:31 AM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Dorie

Never heard of it that  recall. Reminds me of Bocce Ball.


May 28, 2017 06:04 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think I might have seen a program on tv where they were talking about this game, but I don't quite recall.  It seems like it would be fun to play though!

May 28, 2017 06:10 AM #7
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, very interesting, and have never heard of this.   Will have to watch and see if this sport catches on in Denver.

May 28, 2017 06:26 AM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have never heard of this game. Thank you for sharing 

May 28, 2017 06:48 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Dorie --- your post underscores that Austin is open to embracing fun and new-to-them ideas.   

May 28, 2017 07:15 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


One sees pétanque being played in the small village in France.  It is one those tableaux that make France special.  I can see why Mr. Dupin was homesick and brought the game to Austin.  A

May 28, 2017 07:19 AM #11
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I hav eplayed Bocce but had not heard of Petanque Dorie Dillard , sounds fun though

May 28, 2017 08:20 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Dorie - I actually never heard of this game but would like to try it.

May 28, 2017 09:24 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have heard it called by many names however it has given me hours of enjoyment with friends and family Dorie Dillard 

May 28, 2017 11:26 AM #14
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie sounds like a fun sport for those in our age group :) :) :)

I need to see if there is a club around here.

May 28, 2017 05:23 PM #15
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


i have not played petanque . . . . as of yet.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 28, 2017 07:25 PM #16
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Dorie.  Well now I must say this is a new one on me.  I'm still undecided

May 29, 2017 01:57 AM #17
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