Tennis Ball Golf

There's a long-standing tradition here on Bluffton's campus. Students emerge at all hours of the day to play the game of Tennis Ball Golf. You may have seen a match on a visit or outside the windows of the residence halls, Centennial or Bob’s Place. 

Tennis Ball Golf is not only a connection between students on campus but a unique way alumni can connect with students, too. It's been played at more than 25 years, and the tradition is still going strong. 

It's an original game design by Bluffton alumnus Paul Miller. He gathered a group of friends to design the course utilizing the main campus, and it’s been handed down for years. Get a group together and play!
TBG rules > 

Fall 2021 tournament

Register to participate in the Fall 2021 TBG Tourney beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, outside of Sommer Center.


  • 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