The basic equipment that you need to get started playing petanque

Generic set of boules at Petanque America online store

Generic set of boules at Petanque America online store

Boules

Two sets of the generic set of boules ordered from the Petanque America online store. Comes with two jacks.

Cost = $50 + shipping = $63

There has been a slight price increase since this post was first published in July 2012.

Tape measure

I found a very nice metric tape measure for around $10. Read buying a tape measure.

Throwing circle

Strictly speaking, you don’t need a plastic throwing circle — you can always play the traditional way, by drawing the circle in the dirt. Nevertheless, a plastic circle is very convenient.

I made a usable throwing circle for $3.00, using plastic tubing that I bought at my local hardware store. Read about how to make an inexpensive throwing circle.

A boule towel

For toweling off the dusty boules after the end of rounds, I cut the leg off of an old pair of jeans in my rag bin. Cost = free.


Total cost
$63 (boules) + $10 (tape measure) + $3 (tubing rond) = about $76.


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