ladder toss plan

Have you ever used a handsaw and ended up with crooked cuts? Well, now there’s a tool that actually enables you to measure twice and cut once. I’d like to introduce you to the Miter Box. This tool is a lifesaver. It essentially acts as a guide to keep angled cuts straight. We wanted to keep the learning experience fun, so we made a ladder golf set to hone our miter box skills.

Step 1

Begin by cutting your PVC pipe. You’ll need to cut the following pieces for each golf ladder that you build. We made two golf ladders.

  • Four 10” pieces
  • Nine 20” pieces

Measure your lengths, then place the PVC pipe in the miter box. You'll be making a 90 degree cut. Use your saw and begin by pulling the saw toward you (don’t pull back and fourth). Once your saw’s teeth have made a groove you can switch to the back and fourth motion.

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Step 2

Now it's time to prep the surfaces for paint. Select four 10" pieces and sand each of them. This helps the PVC pipe hold the paint.

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Step 3

Grab your tarp, paint, and four 20" PVC pipes and head outside. We chose red and blue to give our ladder a patriotic twist, but you can choose whatever colors you like. Set the PVC pipes on your tarp. Now spray one side and let it sit for 10 minutes. Turn it over and spray the other side. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Do as many coats as you’d like. We recommend at least two.

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Step 4

After your 20” pieces are dry, it’s time to assemble your golf sets. Start from the top and work your way down. Refer to the diagram below for help as you assemble the ladders. Use two 1″ 90 Degree Right Angle Joints to connect the top of the ladder and use six T-connectors to assemble the remaining pieces.

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Step 5

Now, play golf!

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We visited the official ladder golf website to find the rules:

How to Setup your Ladder Golf Game

  • Ladder Golf is played in rounds, each round consists of all players tossing 3 bolas
  • Set the toss line 15 feet away from the ladder
  • Toss a coin to decide which player or team will toss first
  • Games are played to an exact point total of 21

How To Play

  • The first player must toss all 3 bolas before the next player is able to toss his or her bolas
    • Bolas can be tossed in anyway the player chooses, as long as they are tossed individually
    • They can be bounced off the ground
  • The winner of the round earns the first toss in the next round
  • A player must 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
  • 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

Keeping Score

  • 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 encouraged and a good way to play defensively
  • Bolas knocked off during play do not count as points
  • Only bolas left hanging after all bolas are tossed are counted as 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
  • 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 (1-2-3) 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

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