Lawn bowling may not be the most strenuous sport but it is perhaps the most elegant. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., the members of the Holmby Park Lawn Bowling Club can be found on the exquisitely maintained greens at their home base, tony Holmby Park. The club has been around since 1927, and its roster consists of ex-professors, philanthropists and former captains of industry. President Tom Seres and the other 150 or so members — who range in age from 30 to 100 — are devoted to their sport and are happy to provide free lessons. On the lawn, surrounded by some of the most expensive real estate in Southern California, the atmosphere is decidedly friendly. Everybody wears white. Everybody wears flat-soled rubber shoes (to preserve the grass). Between and even during games, everybody partakes of the complimentary light snack of coffee, fruit and pastries. All sports should be this genteel. —Gendy Alimurung
646 Comstock Ave., Holmby Hills, 90024. (310) 550-6116, losangeleslawnbowling.com.