Recreation: The Horseshoe Pits

Information

Come and have a picnic at the playground or a bite to eat at The 56, and then play some horseshoes!

 

The TGCA has 4 horseshoe pits on the south west corner of the property, between Centre St and the playground.

 

You can rent 1, 2, 3 or 4 pits by the hour at our restaurant, The 56. Just pay at the bar and they’ll get you the key to the equipment box. Please note that you will need to leave either your Alberta issued ID or a credit card with the staff to use the horseshoes and pits.

 

Pit rentals are $8 per hour per pit.

Members receive a 10% discount!!

 

Leagues

The TGCA is looking into creating a horseshoe league in the summer of 2023. More info to come. If you are interested in starting a league or leading a TGCA league, please contact Vanessa, v.gillard@tgcacalgary.com.

To book, please call 403-587-393-7641 or email Brian, b.campbell@tgcacalgary.com

How to play

Horseshoes is a lawn game played between two people (or two teams of two people) using four horseshoes and two throwing targets (stakes) set in a lawn or sandbox area. The game is played by the players alternating turns tossing horseshoes at stakes in the ground, which are traditionally placed 40 feet (12 m) apart. Modern games use a more stylized U-shaped bar, about twice the size of an actual horseshoe.

In horseshoes, there are two ways to score: by throwing “ringers” or by throwing the horseshoe nearest to the stake. A ringer is a horseshoe that has been thrown in such a way as to completely encircle the stake. Disputes are settled by using a straightedge to touch the two points at the ends of the horseshoe, called “heel calks”. If the straightedge does not touch the stake at any point, the throw is classified as a ringer.

One player pitches both shoes in succession to one pit, followed by the other player. This is formally called an inning. Normally only one pitcher can score points per inning, however some leagues and tournaments play “count all”, in which all points in each inning are counted. 

More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoes