On a sunny afternoon, with a light breeze blowing in from the ocean, a dapper, impeccably dressed man got down on all fours and stared intently at the bocce ball sitting before him on a verdant, closely cropped grass court. After a deep breath and a slight sigh, he bent closer to the ball and slowly, painstakingly began pushing it with his nose toward the fare end of the court. Cheers and laughter accompanied him as he slowly paid a debt to his fellow board members, staff and neighbors in this un-named association in South Carolina.
According to the property manager, this board member was so sure that 100 people wouldn’t sign up to use the community’s new bocce court, he announced he would push a bocce ball with his nose if they did. He hadn’t been alone. The community’s decision to put in a bocce court instead of expanding its tennis facilities had been contentious and supported by the barest of majorities.