The sport of curling has grown dramatically in the U.S. in recent years, in large part because of the increase in television coverage of the sport in the last three Winter Olympics. The US Curling Association now has over 16,000 members and 165 clubs in 40 states.
Curling is fun and easy to learn. We’ve provided a variety of information and links to help you learn more about the sport. But don’t just read about. Come out and get on the ice!
History of Curling
The history of curling dates back to 16th century Scotland (more info in this link than you will likely ever want to know) where the rugged Scots curled on frozen lochs and marshes with heavy,odd-shaped rocks called ‘loafies. Curling in North America started in 1807 with the creation of the Royal Montreal Curling Club and in 1830 in the United States in Orchard Lake, Michigan. Click here for general information about the origins and history of the game.
A good overview of curling equipment, playing the game and scoring can be found on Wikipedia. If you’d like to watch how it’s done, check out these instructional videos of curling basics, provided by the Lethbridge Curling Club in Lethbridge, Alberta.
The former Lone Star Curling Club’s President, Wayne Garman, grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and has been curling since he could walk. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but not by much. Wayne knows the strategy of this game from every angle and his knowledge is shared in his blog Wayne’s Game and from previous articles he’s written. Learn from the master.
Curling Info, Rules, FAQs
The United States Curling Association (USCA) is the governing body of the sport in the U.S. and provides a variety of information about curling including news and general curling information, rules of the game and frequently asked questions.
If you’re trying to find a curling facility in the U.S., use the locator map – courtesy of the Kansas City Curling Club – to get a list of clubs and contact information across the country.