How to Build a Ladder Golf Game Set
TOH's Team Saturday shows how to entertain outside with this game of wood rungs that catch golf-ball bolas
Ever had your shoes tied together and tossed over a power line? Ladder Golf is your shot at sweet revenge. Wrap one of your bolas—a pair of golf balls connected by a length of nylon cord—over a rung, and you score. If it stays put, that is. All you need to build a rack for each side is a few dowels and 2x4s; the bolas require golf balls and cord. This Old House's game experts, aka Team Saturday, walk you through the steps. As for how to lure your grade-school bully onto your turf for a little payback, you're on your own.
Overview to Build a Ladder Golf Game Set
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 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