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Ladder Golf

Posted June 12, 2006

I partied with a group of teachers over the weekend so you know I had to learn something. Ladder Golf! Ever heard of it? Some call it Hillbilly Golf. I did a little research and found even more names for this extremely addictive backyard contest: Norwegian Horseshoes, Rattlerail Toss, Snakes, Willy Ball and Monkey Bars Toss. In addition to ladder golf we also played Glow-In-the-Dark Badmitten and croquet. Fun was had by all. It does not take long to excel at ladder golf. It is a whole lot more fun that horseshoes, the game of choice for another large group in the neighborhood. Ladder golf consists of a piece of rope with a golf ball attached at both ends. We will call it a bolo. The game also includes a ladder made from PVC plastic pipe or wood. The goal is throw the rope and golf balls so that they wrap around and cling to one of three rungs on the ladder. You get one point for for the bottom rung, two for the middle one and three points for the top rung. Opponents, however, can nullify your points by knocking your bolo off the PVC rack. You play in teams. Two per team. The first team to score 21 points wins. But if you go over 21 points you have to go back to zero and start all over. So it pays to be able to aim and hit the right rung from a distance of about 25 feet. If you want to try it you can go on line and Google "ladder golf." It's pretty easy to build your own set. I hear the game is hugely popular on many college campuses. Thank you teachers for a lesson in simple but enjoyable entertainment!
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