There’s a happy medium between extreme water sports and ocean-side lounging: easy, breezy beach games. The following games are body builder approved. And most only require one hand, so the other can be sipping a cool beverage*. Match point, eh?
Founded in Charleston, Tidal Ball has been spreading from the Lowcountry since its 2012 inception thanks to its budget-friendly price and easy rules. To play, dig a few small holes in the sand with the provided shovel and toss balls bocce-style back and forth. The whole set will run you just shy of $20, which is pretty clutch considering other beach games can go as high as $100. Bonus: according to the website, the game is “as portable as a turkey sandwich.”
Nothing says beach like frisbee. Kan Jam takes the loveable football-for-nerds up a notch with this competitive cornhole-like game. Participants throw the discs at one another’s Kans with hopes of hitting or better yet sinking the disc in the plastic cylinder. At $39.99 for a whole set, this game can be played both at the beach and on the mainland.
“As seen on Shark Tank” is a good way to start a product description, right? Spikeball players volley a rubber ball down onto a net, about three-feet in diameter and attempt streaks longer than their opponents. It’s a lot of fun, but to be real, it’s hard. Like, unless you’re pretty experienced in volleyball, this is going to prove to be of some difficulty. So good luck with that. Also, if you’re trying to play on the cheap, may we suggest opting for Spikeball’s very similar cousin, Slammo, which costs about $20 less.
Ladder golf is pretty much what it sounds like — you toss golf balls a.k.a. bolas — on a standing ladder of sorts. And then points and stuff follow. You can purchase ladder golf games at pretty much any sports or outdoor store, but the official company’s website boasts something we think we may need for ourselves: a tall drink holder, to prevent all that bending down business. Depending on where you shop and how much swag you get, ladder golf sets range from $25-$135.