Bolo toss is an
addictive lawn game that can be inexpensively made using PVC
tubing, string, and a few golf balls. The game
consists of three horizontal levels similar to rungs on a
ladder. The players toss the bolos and are scored by
landing the bolos on the different levels. The game is
fun outdoors as well as in.
This game has
many names, perhaps even more
than listed here.
Horseshoes, Ladder Golf, Snakes,
Hillbilly Golf, Polish Golf,
Horseballs, Tower Ball, Bolo
Golf, Gladiator, Bola, Snake
Toss, BlongoBall, Ladder Toss,
Bolo, Rodeo Golf, Dingle Balls,
Bolo Polo, Cowboy Golf, Redneck
Golf, Pocca Bolo, The Snake
Game, Willy Ball, Ladder Ball,
Slither, Zing-Ball, Snakes &
Ladders, Hillbilly Horseshoes,
Flingy Ball, Norwegian Golf,
Monkey Bars Golf, Swedish Golf,
Polish Horsehoes, Dandy Golf,
Montana Golf, Australian
Horseshoes, Ladder Game, Monkey
Balls, Rattlerail Toss, Golfball
Horseshoes, Arizona Golf Balls,
Spin-It, Ball Dangle, Bolo Ball,
Poor Mans Golf, Bolo Toss, even
How to Build
The following parts list is enough to make a complete set.
5 - 10ft X
1/2" PVC Pipe
12 - 90
degree 1/2" PVC Elbows
12 - 1/2"
Saw to cut
the pipe and a drill to drill the golf balls.
Cut the pipe
into the following pieces 14 - 2' pieces and 16 - 1" pieces.
It is usually best to cut the 10' pieces assuming there is
9'. Adding up the total length of the pieces equals
44' and with the 5 10' pieces you have 50' - do the math.
Cut the 2' pieces first. We used a circular chop saw
to ease the cutting process. We even set up a jig to
make the cutting even quicker. See all the parts in
the image on the right.
You may choose
to paint your bolo toss before assembly to allow for
different color ladder rungs. With a little tape and
extra time you can paint it afterward or just paint the
whole thing one color. Use your imagination.
all the needed pieces start assembly start with the base.
The base consists of 4 90 degree elbows and 2 tees, see fig
a. The ladder section consists of 4 tees and 2 90
degree elbows. Using PVC cement glue the base together
and the ladder section. Do not glue the ladder to the
base tees. This allows easy disassembly for storage.
Drill 12 golf
balls with a 1/4" drill bit. Place 2 ball on each
piece of string making the balls approximately 12" apart
(outside of the ball to outside of the other). If you
are going to use a set of tennis balls (carefully) puncture
them with a scissor or knife. It's easiest to attach
the string to an old piece of coat hanger and thread the
string through all the balls then cut the string to the
A completed game
How to Play
bolotoss.com - sellers of
complete bolo toss games.
First start off
by finding a space with a range of distances
about 30 feet and space your bolo Fences between
this area. So you should now have a minimum of
30 feet between the bolo fences. ||
______________ ||. Official is around 40 feet
apart. Similar to most all ladder golf like game
Each person or team who is playing bolo toss
gets 1 set of 3 colored bolos. (3 Bolos of the
same color make one player or one team a set).
Once it is agreed on who is going to go first,
the first person of the team tosses each bolo
toss from the front end line of the bolo fence
at which they are standing. After all 3 Bolos
are tossed the other person or team whom you are
playing against will toss their 3 bolos. The
object would be to cancel out any points that
the previous person may have made as well as to
accumulate additional points. After both players
have tossed all their Bolos, the score is added
up and the person or team with the most points
on THAT round will go first to lead off the next
set of throws. The person who scored the most on
the previous throw always goes first the next
time. Bolos that bounce off the ground DO count.
Most people play bolo toss to exact 21 points.
The only way you win is to score exactly the 21
points. However some people choose to just play
to whomever gets over 21 or more wins with the
highest score. Equal number of throws before
scores can end a game.
As mentioned above on getting exactly the 21
points, the player’s points for that round do
not count if they go over. So if they need 2
points then that is all they want to get to win
with 21 exactly.
Ties are broken by an additional tossing of 3
bolos per team one time. Team with the highest
points wins the game. If score is still tied,
continue until there is a declared winner. Some
play you must win by TWO points.
Some play over 21 as well. First player or team
to score over 21 wins as long as the player or
team who throws last has went.
Etiquette of the Game:
Etiquette is like any other game. Be polite,
don’t talk or disrupt the other players
Scoring: When both players or teams have tossed all
of their bolos the scoring is determined by the
bolos that are still hanging on the rungs of the
bolo fence. Players are allowed to knock-off
bolos during the play of the game and are
encouraged to always play defensively. Any bolos
that are knocked off during play do not count as
points and are considered null once they are no
longer hanging on the Bolo Fence rung. The only
points that will count are the Bolos that are
left hanging on the bolo fence rungs. Remember
if you have one bolo on a rung and your opponent
has a bolo also hanging on that rung, then the
points are cancelled out and no one gets awarded
any points for those particular bolos that
cancelled each other out. Try to score that
Bolette or Bolop but watch out for the old
Throwing a 9 pointer
children (or a new challenge) you can use a set of wiffle
golf balls or tennis balls instead of golf balls.
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