What you’ll need:
- An old golf club or something you can use as a club — a 2×4 in your garage, an umbrella, a walking stick, a bat, the leg of a stool, etc.
- One tennis ball per person
(other soft balls can be used, just pick something that won’t break a window)
Where to play:
Anywhere you won’t break something!
The great thing about Tennis Ball Golf is that you get to design your own course.
Pick a place in your yard (or local park) where you won’t be hitting any major rocks in your swing. This place is called the “tee box” and this is where you start. Then pick something to be the hole, larger items (air conditioning units, large trees, a garage door, etc…) are friendlier targets for beginners.
Drop your tennis ball at the tee box and see how many swings it takes to get your ball to hit the hole, this is your score.
- Any swing that makes contact with the ball is counted.
- A ball cannot be picked up and moved, you have to play it where it lies.
- A typical round of tennis ball golf is 9 holes, so players take turns designing holes until the end of the round.
- Lowest score at the end of the round wins!
Things to consider:
Swinging at a ball sitting on concrete or rocks will likely beat up your golf club, so don’t use any nice clubs, or come up with a rule about moving the ball onto a more club-friendly surface. You may also be able to find cheap golf clubs at Goodwill.
This is all about having fun so come up with creative ideas for holes or make up a crazy rule to keep it interesting (i.e., the youngest player gets to toss their golf ball once a hole).