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BOCCEBREW - A Perfect Napa Valley Sport


A perfect Napa Valley sport.


   The beautiful gardens at the Napa home of Joel and Kathy Tranmer are being enhanced for the Napa Valley Designers Show House 2000 to fulfill the home's potential for entertaining.           

     Parties will naturally spill out of the home to the area around the pool. One addition for the Show House is the construction of a bocce ball court by David and Sandy Brewer of Boccebrew. According to David Brewer, a bocce court is a party. Sandy notes that sipping wine and playing bocce seem to go together. Bocce is a social game. And bocce is enjoying a new renaissance in Napa with numerous private and public courts and leagues competing from Napa to St. Helena. Boccebrew has also installed courts at wineries.

     Bocce is an ancient game, perhaps going back to the early Egyptians. Graphic representations of figures tossing a ball-or polished stone have been recorded early in history, according to one bocce web site. While the game may have changed the goal has been the same - to try and come as close to a fixed target as possible.

     Bocce can be played by two people, but it is more often played by two teams of two or four, people each. Bocce is played with eight large balls and one smaller target ball called the pallino or jack. The object of the game is to roll the large ball and get it as close as possible to the pallino. 


There are four balls for each team in two different colors. The balls may be wood or metal. A “frame" is the time in the game where balls are played from one side -of the court to the other side and points given. 

     The cost of installing a bocce court varies depending on the setting and size. This show house court required major site work to fit the court among existing trees on uneven ground. At the show house, you will step down slate steps to a free form slate patio which overlooks the bocce court. The court is 12 feet by 60 feet and built with pressure-treated wood faced and capped with “pau lope" wood. The subsurface consists of a French drain and wire mesh (used as a rodent deterrent), followed by layers of crushed rock, base rock, oyster shell and clay mix and a fine layer of oyster shell 'flour" on top.

     Proper drainage is key says Brewer. The court should be playable in all kinds of weather and should require less maintenance than a putting green. At the show house there is dramatic up-lighting and down-lighting of the stairs, patio and bocce court area incorporating the gorgeous oak and Japanese maple trees