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John Scarpelli's Court
Beavercreek, Ohio

Photos by John Scarpelli chronicle construction of his backyard court in Beavercreek, Ohio (near Dayton).

It all starts by digging a big hole. Says John, "The dimensions are the same as our local Sons of Italy league (12' x 60')."

"There are 6' concrete platforms at each end, as well as a sidewalk along the east side of the court. "

"The court is also illuminated by four 150 watt halogen bulbs allowing night play."

The court is top dressed with Har-Tru. That looks like a lute/scarifier being put to good use. It's a great tool for bocce courts - see Merchandise.

Looks like they're using a 7' drag brush to help with the top dressing. That's another outstanding tool for bocce court maintenance.

Most people like to work with Har-Tru in 50- or 80-lb. bags. Always a smart move to wear masks when working with fine particulates.

Recruit the ones who are going to be playing on the court to help with the construction. These guys look like they know what they're doing!

A tamper comes in handy. I use mine mostly around the edges of the court where the heavy roller doesn't quite reach.

A heavy roller puts the finishing touches on the court. The one pictured isn't a heavy roller. It's a HEAVY ROLLER. Most homeowners who have one own the smaller variety, but this is the baby to have.

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