Forever Greens received a call one spring day, from a customer in Pleasanton, CA, who was looking to have their bocce court surface replaced at their Ruby Hills home. The court was currently finished with a traditional oyster shell surface, but the homeowner was hopeful that we could put in something more manageable.
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It was also ridden with drainage issues which were warping the bumper boards that ran along the inside of the court wall. When they originally purchased their bocce ball court, the customer wanted a traditional style set-up, but was not aware of the constant maintenance that such a court would require. In order to properly maintain an oyster shell surface, it needs to be raked, dragged and wetted regularly to retain its smooth finish. Neglecting to do so will eventually result in an uneven and lumpy surface that will prevent the balls from rolling straight and true to their target. And without proper drainage, these effects would still take hold, even with regular maintenance.
Bocce Ball Court Resurfacing Project
The first step to giving the customer a bocce court they would love, was to remove the court surface. Because the existing bocce court was having issues with drainage, the Forever Greens installation crew removed the crushed base rock that had previously been installed as well. The warped bumper boards were carefully removed in the process, as the customer wanted to reuse them for the remodeled court. Once the old material was removed, the Forever Greens installers leveled out the surface and began putting down a layer of 3/4 inch drain rock. This larger rock allows water to percolate through the ground, preventing puddles from sitting on the surface of the bocce court, and assisting in recharging the drought starved water table. A thin layer of decomposed granite was then placed on top, and compacted to a smooth, level surface for the synthetic turf to be laid upon.
Warped Bocce Court Border
Removing the Uneven Surface
Bocce Ball Court with 2-Hole Putting Green
During the process of planning the upgraded bocce ball court, the customer expressed that they wished they could get more use out of their court. Luckily, Forever Greens had the answer! We offered them a hybrid bocce court that we created, with a 2-hole putting green built in, and they absolutely loved the idea. Once the drain rock and decomposed granite layers were installed and smoothed, the installation crew marked a spot at each end of the court, where the holes were then cut. The cups were placed, and the process of rolling out the new artificial turf began.
Leveling the new surface
Marking the cup holes
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The putting green/bocce court surface was created with our Putt 46 turf, manufactured by Global SynTurf. In order to finish the courtÛªs dual purpose surface, our specially designed removable cup plugs were then cut and fit into the holes to provide the solid level surface required for playing bocce. These plugs are covered with the same artificial turf material as the court surface and are easily removed for use as a putting green. A water-filled sod roller was then used across the entire court to remove any imperfections and ensure a smooth surface for the balls to roll true. The final step to finishing this new beautiful bocce ball court was to place the bumper boards. Because the customer wanted to reuse the ones from his previous court, the Forever Greens crew carefully placed each one, screwing them into the frame in 12 inch increments to prevent any warping.
Taping the Court Surface Off for Painting
Painting the Foul Lines
The existing landscape lighting at the Ruby Hills home was less than desirable, making it difficult for the customer to fully enjoy his bocce court or hilltop property past dusk. Forever Greens wanted to make sure our customer would be able to use his court at any time of day, so we recommended installing some lighting around it as well as throughout the yard. He agreed to have 4 spotlights installed around the exterior of his newly renovated bocce court, which we placed strategically, to light the entire surface. China Hat lights were then installed along the pathways leading to the court, as well as within the surrounding landscape, to further illuminate the area. In order to support all of this new lighting, Forever Greens installed a second transformer to supply the necessary power.
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The completed project is the epitome of elegance, especially after dark, and our Pleasanton customer couldnÛªt be more satisfied. (Panoramic – curved- View):
Panoramic Camera Photo Showing the full Booce Court and Putting Green