We first fell in love with bocce when visiting friends in 2008 (especially when there are appetizers too). Since then we have always had a bocce set that we would occasionally play with on the grass in the front yard. We even have an indoor set that we used to teach our nephew and nieces how to play.
There is no public bocce court anywhere around our house to play, so we always thought it'd be extra awesome to have a bocce court in our backyard.
Granted the size of an official bocce court (sixty feet long and twelve feet wide) is about half of our small backyard...so ours is only a third that size.
And, traditionally, a bocce court is covered in crushed oyster shells. However, I never wanted sand of any sort because that just seemed like we would be inviting all the cats wandering our neighborhood to a gigantic liter box. We thought of just packing dirt down really well or trying tiny gravel. Then, when we were having the artificial grass installed, we saw the option for a putting green surface.
The company said our idea would work and Sean prepped and painted the wood border. Within a day our bocce ball set had an official home. We also bought a scoreboard to make it extra official...and to track that Sean will pretty much always beat me.
So now all we need is a pool...we have about two square feet left for it.