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This Instructable explains how we built a bocce court in our side yard. There's a complete article with additional details on github.

We turned an overgrown, unused driveway into a fun place to spend time with family and friends.

Here are the steps:

  1. Should you build a bocce court? (Yes!)
  2. Choose materials
  3. Clear area and level the ground
  4. Install drainage layer
  5. Lay out wooden border, leaving end off for dump truck access
  6. Put down weed barrier
  7. Install surface
  8. Finalize wooden border
  9. Level and compact the surface
  10. Play!

You can also add lighting and a ball cabinet.

Step 1: Should You Build a Bocce Court?

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If you like having parties, spending time with friends, arguing about barely-perceptible differences in distance, drinking wine, doing manual labor, experiencing the thrill of ordering materials by the ton, and dictating your own house rules, you definitely should build your own bocce court!

If you aren't so much into the manual labor, you might just want to pay someone else to build a bocce court for you, or you may be interested in a game called horseshoes.

Do you have the right space for a court?

Depending on who you ask, a regulation court is 60 feet long and 12 feet wide, but it's your court, so make it whatever size you want!

What you ultimately need is level ground. Moving earth can be hard work, and the dirt and debris you move needs to go somewhere.

Do you have a lot of free time and/or a lot of friends?

Each step of the process can take a long time because of the sheer amount of material you need to manipulate. Having friendly extra hands will make things move much faster.

However, you can do most of the construction alone if you have to.

You can do it!

A court doesn't have to be fancy or expensive. You can do little more than buy a set of bocce balls and have a great time playing in your sloped back yard.

As you look around online, you'll see a great variety of court size and complexity, and I am sure their owners are all having fun.

So decide on your time and money budget, and then use the tools and information described below to get inspired and build the right court for you.

Be safe

Any construction project can be dangerous or fatal, so please take appropriate safety precautions and consult a professional when you need help.

Also be sure to call 811 before you dig in your yard to check for underground utilities.

Use a respirator when cutting wood, especially if it's pressure-treated, and when spreading out dusty materials. Use hearing protection when using power tools. Always wear safety glasses.

I am not a professional, and I am just sharing my experience for information and entertainment purposes. I cannot be held responsible for any damage or injuries that result from actions you take.


I have included links to some of the materials and tools I used in this Instructable. I hope that you'll be able to buy what you need from local suppliers who can help you on this and future DIY projects.

randofo8 months ago
This is a great tutorial on this. Thanks for sharing!
jasonluther (author)  randofo8 months ago
Kink Jarfold8 months ago
Growing up in Queens, NY,I remember the old Italians playing bocce. This was wonderfully done. Brought back so many childhood memories. --Kink--
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jasonluther (author)  Kink Jarfold8 months ago