Games like horseshoes are perfect for warm summer afternoons and evenings. It is not difficult to turn the yard into a horseshoe court where family, friends, and neighbors can enjoy some competition. Assemble the necessary materials, follow the directions below, and you will be pitching ‘shoes in no time!
You will need:
• Two 8-foot treated 2x6s or 2x4s, halved
• Two 6-foot treated 2x6s or 2x4s, halved
• Enough sand to fill two boxes measuring 36×48 inches at least 3 or 4 inches deep
• Two 3-foot long steel posts with an approximate 1-inch diameter
• 16 to 24 exterior decking screws approx. 2 ½ inches long
• Electric drill containing screwdriver
• Measuring tape
• Spray paint, lime, flour, or another way to mark pit dimensions on ground
• Landscape cloth cut to proper length to fill each frame (optional)
Step 1: Construct the horseshoe pit frame by taking two of the 36-inch boards and two of the 48-inch boards and creating a rectangle. Use the electric drill and decking screws to screw together the pieces of wood at the corners to create a frame.
Step 2: Repeat Step 1 to create a second frame. Overlap the ends in the same direction to provide each frame with the same dimensions.
Step 3: Measure the location that will form the playing area. A length of 48 feet will be required from the rear of one horseshoe pitching area to the rear of the other. This includes two feet of cleared space behind each of the boxes. The width should be 6 feet.
Step 4: Center each box, measuring from side to side, at the ends of each playing area. The fronts of each box should measure 36 feet apart. Ensure that the longer side of these boxes is parallel with the length of the area used for play.
Step 5: Use the spray paint, lime, flour, or other material to mark the perimeter of each of the boxes on the grass. Lift each box and set it aside.
Step 6: Use the shovel to dig several inches into the grass, creating a rectangle. This will allow the top of the frame to sit a little lower than the grass. Creating a hole that is bowl-shaped makes it easier for sand to stay in place. Repeat this process for the other frame. If desired, line the bottom of each hole with landscape cloth to keep sand from being knocked out or sinking after repeated play.
Step 7: Put the frame into the frame hole. Run the steel pole into the middle of the pit. Lean the stake about 3 inches forward toward where the other pole will extend from the ground. Use the sledgehammer to pound the pole into the ground, leaving 17 to 19 inches extending above ground level. Repeat this process for the frame at the other end of the playing area.
Step 8: Fill each frame with sand, making sure to keep the pole about 13 to 15 inches above the sand level.