How to Build a Backyard Bocce Ball Court

A backyard bocce ball court will be sure to attract friends and family to come play and enjoy a game of bocce ball. No standard size exists for a bocce ball court, so you can cater the court you want to build to the size of your backyard. And you can use a variety of materials. A game of bocce ball starts by rolling a tiny ball called a jack and then rolling a series of large balls to try to get as close to the jack as possible.

Build the Frame

  1. Remove any bushes, trees, rocks or other plants in the spot where you want to build the bocce ball court.

  2. Measure out the dimensions you want for your backyard bocce ball court. While there are recommended sizes, bocce ball courts can be any size.

  3. Construct walls around the perimeter of the court, hammering nails into wood. According to BackyardBocce.com, the walls can be made from any material provided they do not move when the ball hits them and that they are taller than the ball.

Create the Court

  1. Set down a layer of crushed stone 3 to 5 inches thick as a base layer. Incorporate a 3-inch layer of crushed limestone as well on top, according to BocceBallSets.net. Smooth everything out with a rake until the surface is flat.

  2. Sprinkle tennis clay, just like the kind used on tennis courts, on top of the crushed rock, about 1 to 3 inches thick.

  3. Verify that the backyard bocce ball court is flat.

  4. Soak the court with water to let the rock settle.

  5. Compress the top with a rolling device to compact the rock and remove cracks.


    Depending on how much you use your bocce ball court, you might want to consider making it look even more appealing by adding non-glare lights for night playing.


    Make sure the surface of your court is of superior quality so your bocce balls will have minimal bounce. An inferior surface will not allow the balls to play fast.

Things Needed

  • Tape measure
  • Wood
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Crushed rock
  • Rake
  • Tennis clay
  • Rolling device

About the Author

Leland Gordon has been working as a newspaper writer for over 10 years, mostly in the sports area. He has written every type of story one could imagine. He has previously worked for the "Mountain Democrat," "Chico Enterprise-Record" and the "Redding Record Searchlight."