Plan the layout for your horseshoe “court.” Keep the size of your yard in mind. You need to have enough space for two pits with stakes 40' apart. While you can make it as simple as pushing two metal stakes into the ground 40' apart, this project will show you how to install two pits containing sand with their corresponding stakes.
Remember that you will be throwing slightly heavy pieces of metal around your yard. Install your court in a location where there is no danger of accidentally hitting passersby, or any structures or other objects in yours or your neighbors’ yards.
Determine the exact locations of each pit. The stakes should be 40' apart and a minimum of 21" from the front of each box. Use a measuring tape to measure out a 40' distance and mark these locations with landscaping paint or wooden stakes. Then measure at least 21" from the stake location to determine where the front of each box will be. You can mark these locations with some landscaping paint as well. From there, measure out two 36" W x 48" L areas, facing each other. Mark the dimensions of each pit location with stakes and landscaping twine. Push stakes in the ground at each end, and then wrap the twine around each of the four stakes until you have a 36" x 48" area for each.