Tennis Ball Golf

Two clubs, two tennis balls and ingenuity

Tennis Ball Golf is not only a connection between students on campus but a unique way to connect with alumni. 

It is an original game design by Bluffton alumnus Paul Miller. He gathered a group of friends to design the course utilizing the main campus. Tennis Ball Golf has been played at Bluffton for more than 25 years, and the tradition is still going strong.

Get a group together and play anytime!

TBG rules > 

Watch for organized tourneys or play on your own!


  • The game is played in groups no larger than four (4). Match play format. The player that wins the most holes is the winner.
  • The objective is to hit the targets marked by the pins.
  • Each hole is worth 1 point. The player that uses the least amount of strokes to reach the pin is awarded the point for that hole. If two or more players tie the hole the point is cancelled.
  • Any ball that is hit onto the concrete is considered a hazard.  The ball must be moved backwards to the nearest grass area and the player takes a 1 stroke penalty. 
  • Any player that chooses not to hit over a hole with a bridge may hit from the other side of the bridge with a 2 stroke penalty.
  • Players are allowed no more than two (2) clubs and two (2) balls per round. Clubs can be borrowed from other players in your group. Balls may not be shared. If you lose all of your balls in the creek you are eliminated from the game.
  • Any ball hit into woods, weeds, bushes or flowers will be allowed to be moved out behind the object one (1) club length with no penalty.
  • No Carrying. Ball must be hit not scooped and tossed.
  • Each player is allowed 1 mulligan (a do-over) per round.

The TBG course:


Tennis Ball Golf front 9



Tennis Ball Golf back nine