Bocce Ball Draws Scores of Players, Spectators

Agnes AtteberyBy Resident Agnes Attebery —

Kendal at Granville has added a bocce ball court and an adjacent putting green. The surfaces of both are artificial turf for low maintenance. Golf balls and a few putters are available for anyone to use. The putting area is undulating which is fun for practice or just hitting balls around.

As the court was built on a slight hill, lots of fill and sand were needed to make a level bocce ball surface and viewing area. Pavers were laid to create the viewing area, which has been a welcome and much used spot for spectators to cheer on the players. Incidentally, it was also a nice area for many to watch the solar eclipse.

The bocce ball court was finished and play began June 24. Two final finishing touches are needed to make the court and area complete. It has taken a while to finish, but we didn’t want to wait for everything to be completed to begin playing.

Participation in bocce ball started slowly since many had never played on a court before. Those who have tried it agreed that it is fun. First time players can easily compete. To date we have had approximately 40 to 50 players and spectators (some in wheelchairs) combined to show up for our play Saturday evenings between 6 and 9 p.m. Now that the weather is cooling down, we will schedule some afternoon playing times.

At present, we are putting up signs for a tournament this fall. We will have 4-person teams playing 12-point games, which is shorter than the regulation 16 points. Each team will play every other team. The team with the best record will be named Kendal at Granville 2017 Bocce Ball Champions. We will have playoffs if necessary. While this is all about having fun in the fresh air outdoors, a little competition always adds a bit of zest.

Since Kendal is a very active community with people committed to various groups and committees here and in Granville, it will be a challenge to get all the matches in. With patience and communication, it will be accomplished.