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Overview of petanque in New Mexico[]

Between 2010 to 2017, petanque in New Mexico took off in a big way, with the three leading figures behind petanque in New Mexico being Christophe Descarpentries, Todd Haagenstad, and Ken Thompson.

Christophe Descarpentries (DAY-car-pen-tree) is the owner/chef of P’tit Louis Bistro in Albuquerque. He was instrumental in the organization of the P'tit Louis Bistro Open (held at the Haynes Community Center and Park in Rio Rancho, north of Albuquerque, in September 2013) and the first New Mexico petanque singles championship (held at Old Town Farm in Albuquerque in April 2015).

Todd Haagenstad was the driving force behind the 2014 construction of the petanque courts in Los Alamos,

Ken Thompson is an avid and skillful petanque player. He has a petanque court in front of his home in Albuquerque and is happy to have visitors over for a game. The best way to contact him is via his Facebook page.

Haagenstad Thompson Descarpentries

Left to right: Todd Haagenstad, Ken Thompson, Christophe Descarpentries

Places to play in Albuquerque[]

Old Town Farm[]

  • Old Town Farm is an event venue located in the heart of Albuquerque, betwee Old Town and the Rio Grande.
  • 949 Montoya Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (map).
  • Its covered area can host 26 courts under one roof, with tables and chairs to seat 200.
Terrain NM Albuquerque OldTownFarm

Bataan Park[]

Bataan Memorial Park, (Lomas and Carlisle), 748 Tulane Dr., NE, Albuquerque, NM (map)

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Petanque on the gravel path in Bataan Memorial Park.
The trees provide nice shade on hot days.

Coal and Buena Vista[]

The northeast corner of Coal Ave SE and Buena Vista Dr SE (Map)

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Terrain at Coal and Buena Vista

Albuquerque - Albuquerque Petanque[]

  • As of January 2022, Ken Thompson reports that during the warmer months a group of 6 to 8 players meets every Saturday morning at Old Town Farm.
  • As of April 15, 2023 ... The club is growing from regular Saturday mornings at Old Town Farm 9 til noon to Monday evenings at Sawmill Market! Hang out, have a pint, enjoy a friendly game in the evening among friends, and have a meal from one of the truly wonderful vendors in the market. Lessons at 5:30 every Monday, then fun games until . . . whenever.

Albuquerque - Duke City Pétanque (DEAD)[]

  • aka Kokopelli Petanque

Bernalillo - Kaktus Brewing Company[]

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Kaktus Brewing Company (new, summer 2014)

Los Alamos - La Mesa Petanque Club[]

  • The group was created by Todd Haagenstad in 2010.
  • It went dormant around 2020, just before the pandemic. As of June 2022, Todd is hoping to revive the group at some time in the future.
  • The best point of contact is via the Facebook page.
  • The group's terrain in Urban Park was built in 2014. (map)
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March 2014. Finishing construction of the new petanque courts in Urban Park, Los Alamos.

Santa Fe - Santa Fe Petanque[]

  • Contact telephone number is (505)310-2801
  • see this Youtube video about the club
  • As of January 2022, George Michael Polillo reports that the club is active.
  • We resume play when spring temperatures get around 50 degrees and winds moderate. Mild Fall this year let us play into November. We are a non-competitive club of fair-weather but loyal players.
  • Start times change from 10:30 to 9:00 as temperature changes Spring-Summer-Fall.
  • About a dozen or so play on Sunday mornings at Santa Fe Railyard Park, 740 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map)
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The Santa Fe Railyard Park terrain

Other venues and terrains in Santa Fe include:

  • Estrella del Norte Vineyard, 106 N. Shining Sun, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506 (north of Santa Fe, between Nambe and Pojoaque) (map)
  • Il Vicino Brewery Canteen, 2381 Aztec Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 (map)
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Terrain at Estrella del Norte Vinyard

Capitan - Flaming Balls Petanque Club (DEAD)[]

  • The club was led by Gregg Russel. Gregg had some health issues and this club disappeared in 2011.