You will need a flat area of garden or an area that can be levelled, measuring about 10 feet by 40 feet to build a Boules court.
Materials used in Boules court construction
Various materials can be used to construct the boules court boundary, railway sleepers, poles, tanalised timber etc. or the court can be simply sunk below the surface so the materials are held in naturally. To stop the boules rolling off and disappearing in the borders a timber surround just above the court surface is a good idea.
A course sub-base of either, gravel, road metal, small stones or shingle/clay mix (AP20 or AP30) is spread to give a compacted depth of 50mm within finished court depth 100mm.
Sand to a compacted depth of 10mm is laid over the sub-base course.
The remaining 30mm to 40mm is filled with granule sized crushed lime, crusher dust or dolomite and lightly compacted. The surface should be raked to create a loose surface.
A topping of crushed shell, river or pea gravel (6mm to 7mm diameter) are suitable alternatives for producing a loose surface. It will also reduce the glare from the court.
What's different about a Petanque court.
Hiring a Landscaper to build a boules court.
Cost to have a Boules court constructed by a landscape gardener,
Dimensions 10 feet by 40 feet, 200mm deep and filled with type 1 stone, then dressed with 4mm to dust hard stone. Will cost between £2000 to £4000 depending on what landscape materials are used for the boundary.
There will be a lot of soil to dig out, move and dispose of so access and disposal will be an important
D.I.Y. Construction is fairly simple and the finish is best if not particularly smooth or flat.