Ladder Toss

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Ladder Toss

Ladder Toss goes by several other names like; Bola Toss, Polish Horseshoes, hillbilly horseshoes, Hillbilly golf, Redneck Golf, Ladder Ball, Monkey Balls, or Ladder Golf. Started as a backyard game played at campgrounds in the early 1990’s. It was later patented in 2001 by Robert G. Reid. Typically Ladder Golf is a lawn game for 2 to 4 people. The equipment for Ladder Golf consists of a bola which is made of two golf balls connected with a rope and a 3 run “ladder” usually made of PVC pipe but any material will do. You may purchase ladder toss sets at various sporting goods stores, but many prefer to build their own. The ladder construction is pretty straight forward, the bola’s may be a little more difficult and can be purchased separate.

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The game is played by throwing a bola and attempting to land it on one of the three rungs.  Different rungs of the ladder are worth different amounts of points. The top rung is worth 3 points, the middle is worth 2, and the lower rung is worth one. The objective of the game is similar to cornhole by getting exactly (and not over) 21 points.

Ladder Toss is a great game that is easy to play, and it’s fun for all ages. For backyard games the ladders are set 5 paces apart. For official leagues or tournaments the ladders are set 15 feet apart. The bola’s are created by using two golf balls with a rope and are set 13 inches apart.


Ladder toss is a great way to get people outdoors and socializing. Ladder Toss can be found at sporting events as a tailgate game or your own backyard between family and friends.