Pensioners are worried council cuts could leave them having to mow their own greens.
The bowlers – most of whom are OAPs – believe the council plans to charge up to £3,000 a year to maintain greens.
They fear if they are unable to pay they will have to either take on maintenance themselves or give up playing altogether.
It comes after it emerged that Coun Ken Moss, Hyndburn council’s portfolio holder for leisure, called a meeting at council offices with secretaries of the Hyndburn Bowling League, who represent up to 600 bowlers in the borough.
Coun Moss confirmed to the Observer that the “informal” meeting was held to discuss making the greens more cost-effective, but said nothing has been decided.
He said that the changes would not come in in 2016, or 2017 as far as he was aware.
Bowlers say that if the subsidies were scrapped it would leave them facing unmanageable fees.
David Waterhouse, chairman of the Hyndburn District Bowling League, said it was ‘just beyond belief’.
David, 75, said: “Bowling is supposed to be a free sport for all.
“The people who mostly use the bowling greens are 70 years plus so if you’re asking a bloke of 70 plus to start shoving a mower machine across the greens he’s probably going to end up collapsing.
“You’re going to end up with a lot of old people who are going to suffer.”
Another bowler who attended the meeting, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “It would be disastrous for the bowlers.
“The options just aren’t feasible at all. We were told that if it didn’t happen in 2016, it would definitely happen by the start of the season in 2017.
“Physically and financially we can’t do that.”
Hyndburn council lists 11 greens that are funded for public use, and according to the League there are between 500 and 600 bowlers that use the public greens.
Coun Moss told the Observer there were no firm plans in place following the meeting.
He said: “It was to see if there were any ways we could make the bowling greens more efficient.
“We have got to save 16 per cent next year.
“It’s not something we are looking at in the next 12 months.
“It’s not on the table for 2017 as far as I know, and definitely not for 2016.”
He declined to comment further.