Horseshoe Pit Construction

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Do you yearn to resurrect your fond childhood memory of playing horseshoes, or do you have an interest in a brand-new sport? The game of horseshoes is not well-known, but those who play often say that they become addicted to it.

The point of the game is to “pitch” the horseshoe so when it lands, it is around the metal stake or within six inches of it. Each player has two chances to succeed at this endeavor.

If you are considering building yourself a backyard horseshoe pit as a recreational activity, let the professionals at Sport Surfaces guide and assist you. 

It is an economical investment, and will provide you and your friends with endless hours of fun and entertainment. We have many years of experience building Horseshoe Pit Game Sets, and will be able to facilitate the entire construction process for you.

Factors to Consider for your Backyard Horseshoe Pit

Amount of Land: 

It is extremely important that you are willing and able to utilize a large amount of relatively flat land for the creation of your horseshoe pit. A standard backyard court measures 48 feet long and 6 feet wide. 

The distance between the two stakes is the most crucial measurement, and must be a precise distance of 40 feet.  

The general rule is that the more level the area of land is, the easier the construction process will be. An even horseshoe court ensures a far smoother playing experience for your horseshoe game. 

Safety of a horseshoe game:

Safety should be a priority as well, so the location of your new horseshoe pit is contingent on a clear, open, tree-free locale. Trees tend to create a mess of twigs, leaves, and sometimes large branches which can clutter the playing area.

Your court should also be far away from your home so that no damage will occur to it, or any outside structures. The standard guideline is to aim for a 10 foot clearance on both sides of the stake for maximum safety.

Lighting fixtures:

Lighting fixtures are another factor to consider when installing a new horseshoe pit. Because outdoor lighting does not cast a reflection, the lights should be smooth over the playing surface, as well as extending a bit past the sidelines and backstops.

A lighting fixture is most effective when it’s placed outside of all courts so the direction of the illumination goes across the courts.  Some of the lighting options available are fluorescent, quarts, high pressure sodium lamps, and metal halides.

Permits for horseshoe pit:

Some cities may require you to apply for a permit in order to construct your new horseshoe pit. It is imperative that you check the rules and regulations pertaining to your district, so the construction process will flow both smoothly and legally.

It is crucial to verify that the area to be dug up does not possess any buried utilities that could be damaged or destroyed during construction.

About construction services

If you’re ready to build your new horseshoe pit, Sport Surfaces can assist you.  We can plan, design, and install your horseshoe pit from beginning to end.  Please connect with us today to start your new project.


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How to build a horseshoe pit?

Horseshoe Pit Regulations and Distance Specifications:

We begin the step by step process of building your backyard horseshoe pit by locating a flat or mostly flat area of land.  Each horseshoe court is comprised of two pit areas, however, if there is a more confined area of space, we can construct a single pit. 

We then install two 3 foot long metal stakes (iron or soft steel) into the ground at a distance of exactly 40 feet apart. The stakes are left with approximately 14 inches remaining above the ground, and they are both leaning about 12 degrees towards the opposite stake. 

The stakes may need extra support contingent upon the quality and condition of your soil. We have found that it’s helpful to weld a steel plate across the underground part of the stake to act as an anchor. Another option is to bury a 4×4 block of wood into the ground from which to anchor the stakes.

The stake is located in the center of an area known as the pit. The standard measurements are approximately 43-72 inches long, and 31-36 inches wide. Clay, sand, play sand, and sometimes even loose dirt is used to fill the pit and soften the area. 

We also suggest placing a weed mat down inside the pit to prevent anything from growing, and ensuring a smoother court surface. 

The foul lines are then placed at 27 feet and 37 feet respectively. Children, adult females, and elderly men will pitch from the 27 foot line, and adult males will do so from the 37 foot line. 

After, the borders of the horseshoe court are created. The distance measures 30 inches from side to side. We then take two 2.5 foot long 4×6 pieces of wood and place them in the front of the court. 

Next, we use two 40 inch 4×6 pieces of wood to create the side borders. The wood is then secured together utilizing 3.5 inch outdoor wood screws, and the court’s borders are complete.  

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Furthermore, if there is enough space and desired, pitchers’ platforms are constructed on both sides of the pit from which the player will pitch their horseshoes. These measurements are an estimation of about 6 feet long and 18 inches wide.

If the dirt is eroding away and the surface becomes uneven, we can create these pitching platforms from concrete so the player is standing upon a smooth surface at all times.  

We then install two 36 inch long  2×8 pieces of wood to create a back board, which can be supported by two sturdy metal support posts. The backboard keeps the loose dirt or clay inside the horseshoe pit, and prevents the pitched horseshoes from flying off the pit into the surrounding area.     

If you’re ready to challenge your friends to a fun game of horseshoes, please contact Sport Surfaces today. 

Our team is always available and ready to assist you in constructing the backyard horseshoe pit of your dreams so you can start playing today.


If you have any questions about building your new horseshoe pit for your home or community facility, Sport Surfaces is here for you.  Please click on the link below to connect immediately to one of our team members.

Can you build a horseshoe pit for me?

Sport Surfaces will be more than happy to construct your new horseshoe pit.  We have branch offices located throughout the US to service our customers. Please speak to one of our sales associates to learn more, and begin your horseshoe pit construction project.

Why should I choose your company over someone else’s?

Our company has been a dominant force with an incredible reputation in the sports construction field.  We have thousands of satisfied customers who put their trust in us, and constantly give us referrals. Please call our team members to learn more about us.

What kinds of building materials do you use during my horseshoe pit construction?

Our contractors only use premium materials and products during our construction process.  We are an environmentally-friendly company who uses recycled materials during some of our construction processes.  Please contact us if you have any construction questions.

Do you offer any type of maintenance plans?

Yes, Sport Surfaces can teach you how to take care of your new horseshoe pit.  Should you not want to do the maintenance yourself, you can hire our technicians to do it for you.  Please call our staff today to find out more details about our Gold Maintenance Plan.

Where can I put a new horseshoe pit?

There are many options when it comes to building your new horseshoe pit, and its designated location.  We have completed construction at private homes, schools, community facilities, country clubs, and retirement homes.  Please connect with us today so we can discuss more details about your horseshoe pit construction project.

About our company

Since 1998, our company has been involved in the sports industry.  Our experience with both sports surface construction and resurfacing has earned us a stellar reputation.  Feel free to connect with Sport Surfaces today to learn more about how we can help get your project started.


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