GARDEN-GAMMON: Great Addition to any Backyard

By Steve Schreiber

Take a look at the fun project I just completed. I built an outdoor backgammon court in my backyard and call the game "Garden-Gammon."
It's 12 foot x 12 foot playfield. The points and surface are three different colors of gravel. The checkers are Frisbees. I found 4 inch foam dice here on the Internet:

And we use two 5 gallon buckets as the dice cups (one blue and one white). The doubling cube was constructed out of a square cardboard box.

Check out the attached pictures. In the first match, my wife jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but I rallied to win 3-2. It's really a fun way to play backgammon. And a chouette would be a real party!

The inspiration for this came from a trip we took to Switzerland in April. We were wandering around Zurich, and came across a group of people playing chess in Zurich, on this large outdoor chess board:

My wife made the leap to doing the same for a backgammon court, and I couldn't resist. It took me about 30 hours of work over several weekends but it was well worth it.

So if you're a backgammon aficionado, think about beautifying your yard with Garden-Gammon. It's a great conversation starter and gives a whole new meaning to phrases like "Big Doubles" or "Huge Blunder." -- Steve Schreiber, New York