How to Play Ladder Golf

Before you can play a line must be set 5 paces from the ladder. This is the called the toss line. The toss line is 15 feet away but most players measure 5 paces from the game ladder to place the toss line. This allows for a closer toss line for children’s games.

Ladder Golf is played in rounds, each round consists of all players tossing 3 bolas. A coin toss is used to decide which player or team will toss first.
The first player must toss all 3 bolas before the next player is able to toss his or her bolas.
The bolas can be tossed in anyway the player wants, as long as they are tossed separately, and can be bounced off the ground.
The winner of the round gets to toss first in the next round.
Games are played to the exact point total of 21.
In order to win, a player has to be the only one to score exactly 21 points after the completion of a round.

If a player goes over the exact point total, that players points for that round do not count.
For example: A player with 18 points needs 3 points to get the exact score of 21 in order to win. If that player has 5 points hanging on the ladder after all the players have tossed all strands, none of those points count and the player will enter the next round with 18 points again needing 3 points to win.

In the case of a tie, the players that tie will play as many overtime rounds as needed until one player ends a complete round 2 points ahead of the other player. The 2 point rule only applies in overtime rounds. During regular play any player can win as long as that player is the only one to score an exact total of 21 points at the end of that round no matter how many points the other players have.

Game Etiquette:

Basic etiquette of Ladder Golf states that players should make as many remarks, sounds or movements as possible during play in order to distract the opponent’s during play. Touching the player during tossing is never allowed.

During a play no contestant is to walk to the ladder before completion of the current round.

Scoring:

After all teams have tossed all their bolas, scoring is determined by the bolas that are still hanging from the steps. Players can knock-off bolas during the course of the game, in fact knocking-off other players bolas is a great way to play defensively. The bolas that are knocked off during play do not count as points. Only bolas that are left hanging after the others are tossed are counted as points.

Points:

Points are determined by which step your bola wraps around. The top step is worth 3 points the middle step is worth 2 points and the bottom step is only worth 1 point. Players can score an optional bonus of 1 point by hanging all 3 bolas from the same step or by hanging a bola on all 3 steps in one round. The highest amount of points available per player is 10. This is accomplished by hanging all 3 bolas on the top (3 point) step.

Playing with:

You can also play this game in teams. Four players can play Ladder Golf by alternating play each round. Players alternate turns with teammates. Extra bolas can also be purchased so up to 4 players can play individually on the same ladder or a second ladder can be purchased for team play. With multiple ladders 2 players on opposite teams would be on one side and the other 2 opposing players would be at the other game ladder. One side would toss all bolas and the other team would toss them back. Same rules apply.

You can purchase this game at laddergolf.com.