Its spring and when that warm weather my family loves to stay outside and play! A bocce ball court is a great way to use that little patch of unused space in your backyard. It’s one of those things that people go, “You have a what?” It’s unexpected, easy to assemble, and fun for all ages.
The official regulation size of a bocce ball court is 13 feet wide and 91 feet long, who knew?! Clearly, that’s much to long for most property lines, so you can size down to any size rectangle that fits your space. Something closet to 5-feet wide and 20-feet long is usually plenty of space for family and friends.
To start, all you need is a piece of level land framed with 4×6 treated beams. It looks a little like a raised garden bed, but it’s going to be so much more fun.
Start by removing the sod and rake the dirt to ensure the area is pretty flat. This doesn’t have to be exact just yet, that step will come later. At this point, just rake it out nicely, stomp on it a few times, or just a spare wood board to pack it down.
Next, cut them to your desired length and lay them in place. You can do a simple frame with one set of beams or build them up for a higher frame. Once the beams are placed, fill in around the interior and exterior for support.
Once the frame is set and secure, bring in the sand to fill the area and make sure it’s level. You can use a laser level or large level to make sure it’s nice and flat. You don’t want to put in all the work to build a nice court and then realize all our balls father in the same corner because your court isn’t level.
If you want to use a sand court, your work is done and you can start playing. If you want to go the extra mile, you can add a little artificial turf. There are turf rugs you can buy and cut to size or get artificial grass that is cut to size from Home Depot or somewhere similar.
A nice bocce court can easily be mapped out, installed, and ready to play in a couple of days (maybe less than a day if you have an ambitious team of helpers).
The nice thing about a turf bocce court is that it stays cleaner, isn’t affected by rain or snow and can be used for other activities. A bocce court can easily be used for horseshoes, cornhole, or other fun outdoor games for the entire family.