Bocce Ball Courts
Create a Bocce Ball Court for Years of Endless Fun!
Jefferson Landscape and Design installs Bocce Ball Courts for our clients. If you’ve got the space and are looking for an exciting way to spend time with family and friends… Bocce Ball may be your answer!
No one really knows how old Bocce Ball is. There are tomb paintings from ancient Egypt of boys playing Bocce that date back to 5200 B.C. The game spread throughout the Middle East and Asia—eventually adopted by the Greeks, passed on to the Romans, spread throughout Europe, especially Italy where it picked up its contemporary name. Now Bocce Ball has found its way into American backyards. Bocce Ball may be an ancient game but there’s a reason it’s endured: it’s fun to play!
Bocce is played in teams. The rules are simple and therefore it only takes minutes to learn (but with wildcat strategies…years to master!). Since a typical Bocce Ball weighs only two pounds, most kids and even seniors find them easy to roll. In fact, it’s a popular game at senior centers, where it offers the chance for seniors to enjoy the camaraderie of teamwork and exercise. Bocce gets everyone in the family moving.
Bocce Ball is Now an Olympic Sport!
Building a court in your yard has advantages. Most yards are large enough to have a Bocce Ball Court without any problems. A regulation Bocce Court is 91 feet long x 13 feet wide. (They can be any size as long as they’re kept proportional.) Once a court is built, you’ll have a game everyone can play with minimal effort and expense. Adding a Bocce Ball Court cuts down on the amount of landscaping a homeowner has to maintain. Instead of spending time doing landscape maintenance in that area, they can use it to enjoy playing the game with family members, strengthening family bonds.
Or play with friends, two to eight people at one time. Since it’s such a casual, low-key game, it can be kept as an intimate occasion or used to draw in enough people for a team at a party or gathering. It’s a great way to get everyone talking; even your friend who’s a ‘wallflower’ can be convinced to join in!
Bocce Ball Has Only Recently Become Popular in the United States. But After Soccer and Golf, It’s the Third Most Played Sport in the World.
How to Build Your Own Bocce Ball Court
Installing your own Bocce Ball Court is actually quite simple if you follow a few key steps:
1. Remove all sod, debris, and rock from the area in which you’d like your court to be placed—be sure to re-route any pre-existing irrigation.
2. Ensure the area is flat, put in your drainage lines.
3. Create a frame by using 2”x12” Redwood or Pressure-Treated wood for the size you want. Secure it with posts.
4. Place landscaping fabric or pre-emergent across the area to prevent weeds. Install a 2” decomposed granite base. At this point you should recheck the surface to ensure it is level and spread a very thin, ¼” layer of Oyster Flour so your bocce balls glide smoothly. These materials allow the balls to roll fast and track straight. They also absorb bounce and allow for better drainage.
There many different styles you can employ to give your Bocce Ball Court some character. Or call Jefferson Landscape and Design and we’ll incorporate a Bocce Ball Court into your landscape’s design and build! To request a consultation, simply visit our Contact page and Request a Design Packet.