- The playing court is 14 wide, 40 long
(twice the minimum throwing distance) and bounded by landscape timber. The
playing surface is filled a sand/shell mix or other material such as finely
crushed bluestone. The filling material should be as non-abrasive as possible.
Most boules are chrome plated and an abrasive surface will rapidly destroy
- The filler material can vary but it's characteristics
are fairly important. It should NOT be loose sand. The boules are heavy steel
and will bury themselves in soft material when thrown. Be wary of bluestone,
in some areas, it is not very pure and mixed with very hard materials
such as quartz. Unfortunately I couldn't find either crushed shell or quality
bluestone for my home court so I used "washed sand" often used as
fill under pavement. It is unfortunately more abrasive than I would desire
but it is what I have found so far.
- The best example of sand/shell courts I've played
on is at Cypress Cove
Resort in Florida. Shell is easy to get down there.
- The best example of a bluestone court I've played
on is at Avalon in West Virginia.
They have very pure bluestone which is almost "soapy" to the touch.
Certainly easy on the boules! For the trivia folks, there is blue stone and
bluestone. True bluestone isn't just a blue colored rock, it is a very fine
grained sandstone and is soft as rocks go.
- A concrete, flagstone or similar 18" x 18"
"throwing" pad is placed on each end. It is centered on the end
and placed against the landscape timber.
- The landscape timbers have pre painted markings to
- Markers are placed on each side, at the center of
the court and 8 from the end of the court. The center markers represent
an approximate cochonnet minimum throwing distance of 6 meters and the end
ones represent an approximate maximum throwing distance of 10 meters. The
8 feet of court beyond the far markers allows for reasonable play without
contacting the timber.
- Markers are placed on each end, 20" in from the
side. These markers are used to judge the distance of the initial toss of
the cochonnet such that it is not too near the sides for reasonable play.
- A score keeping device (for two teams) capable of
scoring to 13 is desirable
- Two boule racks at each end of the court are desirable.
One side of the court is "red" and another is "blue"
- A tape measure must be available to determine the
boule closest to the cochonnet when it is not obvious.