How to Build Your Own Bocce Ball Court
A new trend in backyards is to include the fun and relaxing game of Bocce Ball. It’s a great use of empty space that provides hours of entertainment as well as an attractive aesthetic. Properly constructed Bocce Ball Courts consist of an oyster shell bed for proper texture & drainage, like the Bocce Blend in stock at your local Southwest Boulder & Stone location. Here is a how-to guide for building your own Bocce Ball Court.
What you’ll need to build your Bocce Ball Court
The following list of supplies are recommended to build a 12′ x 60′ Bocce Ball Court.
|6||2″ X 10″ X 12″||Wolmanized (pressure treated) Douglas Fir|
|12||2″ X 10″ X 16″||Wolmanized (pressure treated) Douglas Fir|
|24||5/8 X 24″||Steel reinforcing rod -OR-|
| ||2″ X 2″ X 24″||Angle irons (alternative for steel reinforcing rods)|
|12 TONS|| ||Ground oyster shell for the best drainage, or crushed stone (#1 or #2), gravel mix or other combination of pebbles - OR -|
|9 TONS||BULK ONLY||Oyster shell and Double Screened Loam Bocce Blend|
|10||50# SACKS||Oyster Shell Flour as a top dressing|
NOTE: Specifications do not make allowances for heavy equipment (bulldozers, graders, etc.) In areas where rough grading is necessary, please consult your contractor.
Pick, shovel, rake, sledge hammer, hammer, mason’s twine, framing square, 100′ tape measure, 4″ x 4″ x 11″ angle iron, vibrating plate tamper (available at equipment rental yards) or a heavy-duty lawn roller (300-500 lbs), transit (if unavailable, use 4′ carpenter level).
Constructing your Bocce Ball Court
1. Site Selection & Preparation
- Choose the most level area you have available to enjoy the best playing conditions.
- If possible, angle the length of your court in a north/south direction to prevent looking directly into the sun at any time.
• While International Bocce Association prescribed court dimensions are 12′ wide by 60′ long, feel free to use whatever size fits in your back yard and will work for your needs.