How to build a petanque court

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Most commonly played in France, petanque is a variation of the game of boules; it also is very similar to bocce. To play, competitors stand inside a circle with their feet together and toss hollow metal balls, called boules, at a small wooden ball called the cochonnet. Petanque can be played with teams of one to three players. A point is scored when all three of a team's boules are closer to the cochonnet than any of the opponents', and games are generally played up to 13 points.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 2 x 4 wood
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver or power drill
  • Gravel
  • Sand

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    Building a Petanque Court

  1. 1

    Choose a flat area with the dimensions of approximately 10 feet by 40 feet to be the location of the petanque court.

  2. 2

    Create a rectangular border for the court with the dimensions above using 2 x 4s fastened together by screws. The border should be approximately 4 inches high.

  3. 3

    Deposit a layer of between 1 and 2 inches of gravel inside the court. This will allow any precipitation or moisture to easily drain from the court.

  4. 4

    Lay down a fine rock mixture, such as sand, over the gravel until the gravel is approximately 1 inch beneath the top layer.

Tips and warnings

  • Sand may settle into the voids in the gravel over time, and additional sand can be added on top.
  • Variations in the playing surface are normal; petanque can be played on nearly any soft, flat surface.

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