Turning Your Front Lawn Into a Bocce Ball Court Turning Your Front Lawn Into a Bocce Ball Court

What You'll Need
Lumber
Metal posts
Room to build a court
Paint- red, white and blue
Crushed stones and limestone
Clay material like that used on a tennis court

Turning the front lawn into a bocce ball court isn't as hard as you may think it would be. Here are a few tools and materials that you will need as well as some steps to help guide you through the process. The end result will be a great court that your family and friends can enjoy for many years to come.

Step 1 - Pick the Spot

You will need to think carefully about the part of land on which you want to build this court. You can build on your front lawn, but you will need to make sure that you check with the city planner's office to see if that is allowed in your town and you also have to be sure that it doesn't interfere with any power lines or hose and watering systems that you have set up already. Once you have made sure, measure out the land that you want to build on. Typically you will not have the correct size for an actual bocce court and can accommodate accordingly.

Step 2 - Install the Side and Backboards

The side and backboards are made so that the ball does not leave the court or roll out. You can form these with the lumber and keep them in using concrete. You will need the lumber to be at least 2 inches thick and around 8 inches tall. Again, you may have to adjust some of these measurements depending in the kind of area you live in and the regulations or restrictions that you may be facing.

Step 3 - Add Drainage

You will want to dig a few holes along the sides to make sure water drains in case of rain. This can be done in the center, and then have a drain cover attached or along the sides. When digging though and covering, make sure that you keep safety in mind so that no one trips and falls.

Step 4 - Install and Paint the Flooring

Now that you have the base and outline set up, you can begin on the inside. You can lay down the crushed stone and gravel evenly throughout the court. Then, add the pea gravel and limestone on top of that layer. You want to make the layer about 3 inches deep. Then, you can add the clay material on top to make sure that it all stays together and also that you have a good surface to play on. Now that the ground is set, you can paint the lines. Use a small roller with a handle to paint the red, white and blue lines accordingly. Check online for a picture of a court or a real one so that you know where to draw and paint the markings to best resemble a competition-grade court.

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