Overview

overview on how to build a ladder golf game
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Our vexing version of the popular game Ladder Golf ups the ante considerably: The point-bearing horizontal rungs, instead of securely bridging two posts, are supported by just one upright. That means that even the most deft of tosses can slip right off the exposed ends—in which case you get zilch. It also means that building this addictive yard game mostly comes down to drilling 2x4s for the dowel rungs, bolting the boards into T-shaped stands, and drilling a dozen golf balls. When you're finished playing, you can slip the dowels out and collapse the upright for easy storage. Here's how Team Saturday gets it done for fun.

Cut List
(Cut list is for two racks and six playing pieces)
• 2x4 upright: 2 @ 48 inches
• 2x4 legs: 4 @ 24 inches
• 3/16-inch rope: 6 lengths @ 20 inches

Download rules and a scorecard for the game of ladder golf.
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    Tools List

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    • drill
      Drill driver fitted with 1-inch paddle bit and ¼-inch drill bit
    • paintbrush
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    • flathead screwdriver
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    • utility scissors
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    Shopping List

    1-inch dowels Get six at 36-inch lengths

    2x4s Get two 8-foot boards

    Golf balls Get at least 12

    3/16-inch twisted nylon rope Get a 10-foot rope

    Stain-blocking white primer Get 1 quart Spray paint in at least four colors

    Two ¼-by-4-inch carriage bolts

    Two ¼-inch washers

    Two ¼-inch wing nuts

    3-inch deck screws