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What Are the Dimensions of a Horseshoe Pit?

By Michele M. Howard

You can easily set up a friendly backyard horseshoe pitching court by simply pounding two stakes in the ground about 40 feet apart. But if you take the game seriously, you’ll want to build a regulation-size court with precise measurements, which includes the size of the pit, the sandy area where the horseshoe lands. The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, the governing body of the sport, sets all court specifications and provides the dimensions.

Pit Specs

You need a pitcher’s box at each end of a regulation horseshoe pitching court, which must be 72 inches by 72 inches, essentially 6 feet square. Two pitching platforms flank the pit, which can be at most, 36 inches wide by 72 inches long. To allow for less pit fill material, the rules also allow for a reduced size of 31 inches wide by 43 inches long. If you build a narrower pit, the width of the pitching platforms increases slightly, from 18 to 20 1/2 inches wide.

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