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How to Build a Ladder Golf Game (page 2 of 2)

Ladder golf is a fun game the whole family can play. Learn how to make a set for your backyard.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Create the Side Assemblies

Position the wing assemblies and attach to the stile/feet assemblies using glue and 3" deck screws.

Apply the oil finish to the unfinished area of the stiles.

Cut and Attach the Rungs

Use the patterns to mark the radii on the bottom, middle, and top rungs and use a jigsaw to cut the parts to shape (image 1). Use the same pattern for the bottom and top rungs.

Position the rungs in matching pairs with the edges flush, clamp in place and sand the rounded ends and corners to a uniform shape.

Apply a finish to the rungs and allow to dry. We used the off-the-shelf white base of the Cabot Solid Color Acrylic Siding Stain. No color mixing is needed.

Position the rungs and attach to the stiles using 1 1/4" deck screws (no glue). Use a square to help in positioning the rungs (image 3, 4 and 5).

Create the Bolos

Bolos are simply two balls tethered by rope. This project uses tennis balls because they're easier to cut. Use an awl and utility knife to cut a small slit on each tennis ball.

Cut four, 24-inch lengths of 1/4-inch nylon rope and tie a knot on each end. Push each knotted end into the slit in the tennis balls. Make sure the knot is completed inserted and tug slightly to pull the knot tight against the inside of the ball.

Rules of the Game

Individuals or teams may play. The object is to wrap a bolo around a rung, with each rung being assigned a certain number of points. For example, 1 point for the bottom rung, 3 points for the middle rung, and 5 points for the top rung.

The first player or team to reach a predetermined score win. Set your own guidelines for other rules, such as the distance from which a player must stand when tossing the bolos.

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