Introduction

Want to increase your outdoor leisure space? Building a bocce ball court is rewarding way to lure family and friends out to have some fun.

Step 1

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Exterior View of the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Get Started

Start by laying out the limits of the court. In this case, we built a mini court with dimensions of 10' x 30' instead of the full court size of 60-90'. Install markings stakes with a 2' offset from each corner and check for square. Then use a mason string between the stakes to establish a level 2" above grade. If your yard has fall to it, use the highest point. Using flat bladed shovels, cut through the topsoil layer and excavate to 5.5" below the string line. You can use one loose string between corners to the check the level in the middle of the court.

Step 2

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Chris Grundy and Chris Lambton install the Bocce Ball Court at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Build the Frame

Next, install 6x6 timbers 2' in from the mason's string. Drill a 1/2" hole in each and drive a 1' piece of #4 rebar through each hole.

Step 3

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Chris Grundy and Chris Lambton install the Bocce Ball Court at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Fill With Gravel

Fill this first course with recycled concrete or 21-A gravel and compact with a rented plate compactor.

Step 4

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Chris Grundy and Chris Lambton install the Bocce Ball Court at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Install Timbers

Continue installing another course of 6x6 timbers. Drill 1/2" holes in each end with a drill and long bit.

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Chris Grundy and Chris Lambton install the Bocce Ball Court at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Secure the Timbers

Drive a 2' piece of #4 rebar through the hole with a sledgehammer.

Step 6

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Chris Grundy and Chris Lambton install the Bocce Ball Court at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Add the Third Level

For the third level, install full length timbers at each end. Then cut (4) 10' pieces of 6x6 with a 45 degree miter on one end.

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Chris Grundy and Chris Lambton install the Bocce Ball Court at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Pin With Rebar

Again, pin each end with a piece of rebar.

Step 8

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Chris Grundy and Chris Lambton install the Bocce Ball Court at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Add the Last Layer

For the last layer, install another full length end, (4) 5' 45 degree sides, and then pin the ends.

Step 9

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Chris Grundy and Chris Lambton install the Bocce Ball Court at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Fill With Clay

Next, fill the interior of the court with 3" of tennis court clay or other fine material.

Step 10

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Chris Grundy and Chris Lambton install the Bocce Ball Court at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Compact Materials

Compact the material with a rented plate compactor. Move back and forth across with court in opposing directions.

Step 11

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Chris Grundy and Chris Lambton install the Bocce Ball Court at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, FL.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rake and Enjoy

Enjoy your new bocce ball court! As you play, the topping material can be smoothed with a landscape rake in between games.