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Rules for Ladder Golf

By Melody Dawn

Ladder golf is played outdoors with at least two teams. It is a new game that is becoming increasingly popular. It is easy to set up and easy to play. Each team has two players. One player stands beside the ladder while the other player throws the bolo and tries to get it to ring the ladder rungs. The team with the most points wins the game.

Game play

When setting up the game, an official toss line is set that is about 15 paces from the ladder. If a young child is playing, the toss line should be set at five paces. The game is played in rounds. Each player tosses three bolas (a bola is two golf balls connected with nylon rope). While the game is in play, it is considered normal to make comments and noises in order to distract the person that is throwing the bola. Players can knock each others bolas off the ladder in order to decrease the score of their opponent.


Scoring is calculated at the end of the round by the bolas hanging on the ladder. Points are calculated by the step that your bola is wrapped on. The top ladder step is worth three points, the second step is worth two points and the bottom step is worth one point. A one-point bonus is given if all the bolas are wrapped around one step or if one bola is wrapped around each step.

How to Win

The first team to reach 21 points wins the game. You must reach 21 exactly. A variation of the scoring is played by making the score go back to 11 if you go over. For example, if you have a score of 20 and you get a bola wrapped around the top step. Your score would be 23, which would not count. Your score would thus return to 11.

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