Introduction: Hillbilly Golf

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This is how to make Hillbilly golf for under 30 dollars. It is a fun Summertime activity and great for parties. It is relativley easy, and cheap. The total price came up to 26.68, and I saw you could buy it for 67.00. Also this is my first Instructable, but I have been around it for I think 6 months. Go ahead and judge what you think but keep in mind. Also I just saw the other Instructable after I posted this, I have never seen it, and still have not really looked at it. So he/she beat me to it. RATE IT if you like it.

Step 1: Parts and Supply List

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You will need:
6 3/4 PVC T's
6 3/4 PVC Elbows
About two 10 foot 3/4 PVC pipe
Nylon rope
6 golf balls
(You need to double everything besides the tools)

Step 2: How to Build the "ladder" (upper Part)

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Ok now we are going to start building. First cut the PVC.
Cut 3 2ft PVC pipe
Then cut 6 1ft PVC pipe

Attatch two T's on both sides of the 2ft pipe
Now put 2 1ft pipes on the T's
Add two more 1f pipes on the T's
Then you must add 2 more T's with a 2ft pipe conecting
Then get two elbows and put them on a 2ft pipe
Conect them together and should a finished project that looks like the picture.

Step 3: The Base

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4 elbows
5 2ft pipes
2 T's

Get one 2ft pipe and atatch it to two of the elbows
Then atatch two more 2ft pipe to the elbows
Repeat this
Atatch the two T's to the pipes

Step 4: How to Make the Throwing Balls

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Nylon rope
Tape measure

Ok now cut the nylon rope to about 20in
Now drill the hole in the golf balls
Burn the ends so they dont frey
Then just stick em' through and knot them
Make 6 of them

Step 5: Rules and Overview

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Ok first I only told you how to make one of the ladders. You must make another unless you are the only one that wants to play. Just repeat this Instructable and make another one. If you want to you can glue it, but I want to be able to travel with it.

Rules are pretty simple:

You and your opponent try to score. Top bar is 2 points, middle is 3 points and bottom is 1 point. You play to 21. It can hop and and get on the bar. Your opponent can try to knock off your golf balls and you dont get the points. If you both get the same bar, it X's both of your points. You have to get exactly 21 to win. If you had 19 and you got 3 points it will subtract 3 points. If you have questions or like to do this post. Thank you.


twighahn (author)2016-03-19

Put pin holes IN the PVC. Add a hose add there's water fun too

markz2 (author)2014-10-16

golf game you should play once..

adial1 (author)2012-12-14

Hurry and Make some of these for your Christmas Hillbiily Cousins

northie66 (author)2007-10-21

I just made this yesterday with my kids. We had so much fun... thanks for posting it!!! I wanted to comment though that we changed one thing and it seems to work out fine. On the bottom platform section, we used 2' pipe for the horizontal part but only 1' pipe for the two pieces sticking out... so that the platform only sticks out 1' on each side from the base. It seems to be plenty steady enough... and the beauty of it is that to make one stand, it requires 20' of pipe... and pipe comes in 10' pieces so there is no waste. Also, we used 30" of rope for each throwing ball set. We've played this game before and the 20" rope didn't seem long enough to us after the knots were made. But, I suppose that's just personal preference. Thanks again!

jfearnside (author)northie662011-07-03

Thanks for this - I was following the instructable and found I didnt have enough pipe due to the error. I was contemplating doing 1ft lengths for the base but didn't know if it would be stable enough - I just read your comment though and used 1ft lengths like you suggested and it seems fine - thanks for the tip!

nolte919 (author)2009-09-14

In step 3 "The Base", you said "5 2ft pipes", I think you meant "6 2ft pipes". Or am I confused?

jfearnside (author)nolte9192011-07-03

You are correct - this mistake means another trip to the hardware store for me. You need 24 foot of pipe to make 1 complete stand. I got the 2x10' per stand as described in the instructable and I am 8' short now. :-(
Time for a redesign for me maybe...

freeksho_lo (author)2011-03-12

if you only drill halfway through and use some form of super glue it works just as well and you dont have to make up the diffrence for the knots

SWV1787 (author)2009-11-24

ok I am making these for Christmas gifts and Rit Dye worked wonderfully to dye not only the rope but the golf balls as well so I now have wonderfully long lasting blue and red bolas for my games

jadetober (author)2009-06-10

Well... Here in England where I am busy spreading the game we call it HillBillie Golf because when I was taught how to make it and play I was in Ohio and that is what they called it... but then we played cornhole and grandmas checkers and now I realise that these are 'local' names too!

sethf8403 (author)2008-09-20

in minnesota we call that "polish golf"

napalm101 (author)sethf84032008-12-01

We call it Polish horseshoes. Of course, it's politically correct to make fun of hillbillies, but not Poles, so YMMV.

sharbear3 (author)2008-06-06

I made this for a future family reunion. It took 24 ft. of pvc pipe and in step 3 it took 6 2ft. pipes. I also made a set of "throwing balls" with tennis balls for the smaller children to use. No-one gets hurt that way. We tried it out and every age LOVED it. Thanks for the post. I really appreciate it. It will have lots of hours of fun in the future.

Thornburg (author)sharbear32008-06-08

Tennis balls is a great idea! Yet you don't get that spin that you get with golf balls. Anyway glad you liked it, and have fun, but be safe.

Decepticon (author)Thornburg2008-07-14

Yeah, I played this last weekend at a 'Demolition Derby'.....they called it 'Ladder Ball'. Truly a redneck sport - 'specially when yer drunk!

qdroman (author)2008-07-13


wmhaig01 (author)2008-07-12

Thanks for the instructions. They are easy to understand and I love the pictures.

dkbaumbach (author)2008-06-18

It's known as Rack Your Balls in my family... great job!

Thornburg (author)dkbaumbach2008-06-18

Hahaha, never heard of that one.

chi chi chippy (author)2008-06-17

just for the record this is not hillbilly golf this is blong ball u can buy it at scheels . but yes u can make it i have made one. its fun to play . and now the make safe ball throwy thing they r soft squishy (nerf almost) balls they stink but this is a good one.

Thornburg (author)chi chi chippy2008-06-17

Wow, you know that it has like 10 different names. I chose Hillbilly Golf. Never even heard of blong ball, but there is Yard Bolo, and Testicle Golf. Blong Ball is just what that store calls it.

PittCaleb (author)2008-05-24

Thanks for the instructions. I've played it and always wanted to build one. Needed the measurements and parts list - thanks for everything. The kids are already playing and we're having a blast in the yard and can't wait for our Memorial Day picnic on Monday. I was surprised at how easily I was able to drill through golf balls btw! And since I golf, I had a nice selection of "lake balls" and found 6 yellow ones so I didn't have to deal with painting any of them. I PVC glued the top sections and bottom sections, but the tops still comes off the bottoms for easier storage. Total cost from Home Depot: $19.92 - psyched! Golf Balls were 'free' as taken from my bag. If you don't golf, you'll have to buy some I suppose.

Thornburg (author)PittCaleb2008-05-25

Your welcome, and have fun.

ukyobust (author)2008-05-22

I've made two of these before and I have to tell you; over time, the golf balls hitting the rungs of the ladder eventually cause them to loosen and fall out over the course of two or three games. I would recommend using PVC cement on both the ladder portion and base portion of the apparatus, but not cementing the ladder to the base so it can be transported/stored easier.

pacey_waring (author)2008-05-16

Are they thrown? or Golfed with a club?

Thornburg (author)pacey_waring2008-05-18

They are tossed. You do not hit it with a club.

hbar090 (author)2008-04-17

Thank you Thornburg for how far the rungs should be apart. If you are playing with 2 complete ladders how far should they be apart? 10-20-30 feet?

Thornburg (author)hbar0902008-04-19

10-15 ft away, glad I could be a help.

hbar090 (author)2008-04-17

How far apart are the ladders from each other? 10 feet, 20? I agree more instructions on how to play will help. Thanks for the game!!!

Thornburg (author)hbar0902008-04-17

1 ft. - 1 1/4 ft. Either

burton6054 (author)2007-11-21

ive heard it called testicle golf b4

Thornburg (author)burton60542007-11-22

Ha yah, me and my dad always joke about that. Testy golf.

Thornburg (author)2007-10-21

Thanks, have fun playing

Thornburg (author)2007-10-09

If you need any help ainseliz27 just post You shouldnt have that big of a problem but just ask me

ainseliz27 (author)2007-10-08

Wow, I had no clue others had heard of this game. My uncle brought a set of "ladders" for my family and I to play this summer. I think I'll use your Instructable to help me make my own game.

Thornburg (author)2007-10-06

Thanks for the good comments, that is a great idea using long strings. I will try that. Teacher of the Ways, if you need help leave a comment. Thanks

qtm (author)2007-10-04

We use longer string, so that it can "double up", or wrap around two poles at once. Additionally, we don't have the base, but rather drive long spikes into the ground and put the uprights down onto the spikes. Two different colors of golf balls makes it a little easier.

TeacherOfTheWays (author)2007-10-03

Cool i call it "ladder golf" great i might build this!

zjharva (author)2007-10-01

this has already been done

canida (author)zjharva2007-10-02

Not a problem- often multiple versions of the same project/game/idea make it easier to understand. Linking to the others is good form, though!

Thornburg (author)2007-10-02

We also call it Testical toss. Yes this has already been done but I did not look at it or even now about it until it was to late. Ill put a link on how to play it.

ryzellon (author)2007-10-01

Pardon my ignorance, but I feel that your instructions for how to play the game is insufficient for someone who has never seen or heard of this.
-It might be useful to point out that you score by throwing the double-balls and having them wrap around the pipe. You call the balls "throwing balls" but nowhere else do you mention what to actually do with them.
-Also: "Hop up and get on the bar"? What? If I have no idea what the game entails, that sentence just looks like nonsense. Explain the basics of the game a bit more, and then elaborate on the bar hopping.
-Now, you say that one ladder is needed for a single player game, but that two will be needed for a two player game. How, then, would your opponent knock your balls off if you're using different ladders? This needs a bit of explanation, too.

In all, your instructions for construction are pretty good. It's the instructions for how to play that can be improved.

hooloovoo33 (author)2007-10-01

haha, we play this too, but we call it "horse balls"

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