Once you’ve created you’re the lawn and outdoor living area you’ve always dreamed of, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor by having a little fun. Join landscape designer Doug Scott to learn how to build two universally loved games: a horseshoe pit and hook-and-ring toss.
HORSESHOE PIT BUILD STEPS
- Purchase a horseshoe set from a brick-and-mortar or online or retailer that’s the right style and budget fit for you.
- Identify a level, low-traffic area in your yard that measures 40 feet in length, and enough margin to move around.
- Drive your two 36-inch stakes into the ground at a 12-degree angle from vertical towards the center of the playing area, and until 14 inches remains above ground.
- Loosen the top 2 to 4 inches of soil around each stake. (Any deeper and the stake may not have good anchorage. If things are too loose, you can weld a steel plate across the bottom of the stake to better anchor it.)
- Create a 32”x45” pit area bordered by 2×6 pressure-treated lumber and lined with sand to minimize damage to your yard.
RING TOSS BUILD MATERIALS LIST
- 12”x16”x ¾” game board cut to your desired shape
- Box of 4 ¾” exterior-grade screws
- Two (2) pieces of strap material to affix it to your chosen tree
- Hand or circular saw
- 5-foot telescoping rod or dowel
- 6- to 7-foot length of string
- One (1) exterior-grade open hook
- One (1) 2” welded ring
RING TOSS BUILD STEPS
- Drill an upward-slanting hole in the top of your pre-cut game board to receive your dowel, then screw the open hook into the center of the board.
- Screw your strapping to the back of the game board, place the telescoping rod or dowel into position, and place the board on your selected tree (approximately 4 to 5 feet off the ground). Tie the welded ring to one end of your 6- to 7-foot length string and hang the ring on the open hook.
- Extend the telescoping rod or dowel to a length that causes the string to begin picking the ring up while on the open hook. (Note: If using a dowel, you’ll want to drill a small hole in the end of it for easier string adjustment.)
- Unhook the ring and move it around to ensure that it can land on the hook. Make sure the string is taught, just as if it was being tossed or swung.