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My girlfriends grandparents are part of the elks lodge, they play this game a lot. They say that this game was created by the lodge; I can neither confirm nor deny this fact. I AM NOT THE ONE WHO INVENTED IT (just want to make that clear). Any ways, I have played this with a few friends and family, I really enjoyed it. So my brother in law and I decided to build our own sets, this is how we did it, enjoy.

As always, please rate/vote as you see fit. Thank you!

The score keeper that goes with this board can be found here



Stand on leading edge (end rope is attached) of game board for tosses. Foot may not extend over edge of the game board.

Holes count 1 point for nearest, 3 points for middle and 5 points for furthest.

Each competitor pitches three - three inch washers per turn.
(i.e., one competitor pitches three washers and then the other competitor pitches three)

Turn determined by last competitor to score.
(i.e., even if the last person to toss scores zero, but cancels points scored by competitor in that round.)

Score can be cancelled by pitching a washer into the same hole as competitor. Opposing washers zero one another.
(i.e., competitor one scores a 1 and two 3s, competitor two scores a 1, a 3 and a 5.
Result: Competitor one gets 3 points, competitor two gets five points)

First competitor to score exactly 21 points wins the game.
If both competitors tie at 21 in same round, then the game restarts at 11 each.

If a competitor scores over 21 then subtract score from last point total.
(i.e., current score 18, scores 3 for 21 but scores a second washer counting 5 which equals 26. Add both washers and subtract from 18 = 10)

If you make all three washer in the same hole on your turn you automatically win the game.
sikesjb made it!1 year ago

Built these Memorial Weekend 2013. Made a few minor changes and added a night feature when I finished. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions.


love the lights... you put them on the outside of the PVC, or inside? can you take a picture and post it?

How did you add the lights if you don't mind me asking?

Just added some relatively cheap LEDs on a whim. I ran them between the PVC and 1x4 on the bottom as close to the edge of the PVC as i could. I had the washer pinch the wire once, but otherwise they have done fine. I'm planning to redesign the light setup for this year.

Itsme-u-c2 months ago
Thanks for the plans! The changes i made were- doing away with the ABS and then putting hinges on top board so i could open it up and grab my washers
MichaelC413 months ago

I'm having the hardest time finding 3" washers. Where did y'all get them??

I bought mine from fastenal.com
BManJamz BManJamz3 months ago
And we use 3.5" washers with the 4" hole. Makes it a bit harder. Also, we offset the 3 holes. They start 4.5 inches from the end and span 11 inches from each other on a 40"x14" deck so we don't stand in a hole. There are a lot of diff plans. This is a nice one. I used 3/4 plywood and didn't add the abs plastic liners or the carpeting We've been playing this for years and to each his own I guess. The carpet does make it quieter I bet. :).
BManJamz BManJamz3 months ago
Just sand it and oil finish the top. You can spray undercoating to the inside if you want to deaden the sound.
phrank702 years ago
Do you use 1/2" or 3/4" plywood for the top?
Very cool project!
We call this game "Arizona Horseshoes" our family gets together everysummer for a weekend of tournaments
desertsniper (author)  brandon100123 years ago
Thats Pretty neat! I have heard this game been called many things from washers to red neck horse shoes. one thing every one calls it is fun!
my family plays this at our family reunion and we call it "Polish Horseshoes"