It's September and the still-warm months of early autumn are game-time in the great outdoors. And if you're whiling away your afternoons with games at Timbers Resorts's fractional resort ownership properties, we've got lawn games for you to play.
Some might be old favorites, some might be new to you, but all are a perfect way to claim a bit of camaraderie and in all of us. From Bocce at Mayacama to cornhole at Dancing Bear Aspen, it's all about having fun with friends and family.
The Game of Cornhole
Almost everybody knows horseshoes, but not everyone has switched the shoes and stakes for the bag and board. Cornhole is a distinctly agrarian cousin to the equestrian game. It's also known as corn toss or bean bag, or even Indiana horseshoes.
The game is probably very, very old (as in 14th Century Germany old), but its more recent incarnation is U.S. born — most likely emerging from Ohio or Kentucky about 100 years ago.
Cornhole tends to be found most often these days in the South — states such as Kentucky are known for it — but you can almost certainly also find a game underway at weddings on farms in upstate New York, and in backyards at dusk in New Jersey, and at a picnic stocked with craft beers in Portland, Oregon. People of all kinds play cornhole.
Let's take a look at how the game is conducted, and what it takes to toss your way to a win.
The Equipment and Playing Space
There are one or two boards used in a game cornhole. One for singles play, two for doubles.
If two boards are used in doubles play, they are set some distance across from each other. (The number of feet in a friendly game should vary according to skill, age, and inclination of the players, but one measurement used by people serious about cornhole is 27 feet.) If one board is used for a singles game, it is set the same distance from a left and right pitching area.
Each board is raised on one end so that it slants upward with its face angled toward the opposite pitching areas. In each board there is a hole near the top of the upward-tilted face.
There are eight bags, four of one color, four of another.
Rules of Play
There are two versions of the game: singles and doubles. Both share the same essentials.
- In singles play, to start, a player stands in the right- or left-hand pitching area, facing the board opposite them, bean bags at hand. Once the player chooses the pitching area for inning, he or she must use it for the whole inning.
- The player tosses the first bag at the far board. The goal is to land the bag on the board or into the hole.
- The second player then chooses his or her pitching area and tosses his or her first bag at the opposing board.
- Play alternates until players have thrown all four bags.
- A bag on the board is worth one point. A bag in the hole is worth three.
- The points of the lowest-scoring player are subtracted from the highest-scoring player's points. The remainder is the highest-scoring player's total for the inning. The lowest-scoring player is awarded zero points for the inning.
- Play is to 21 points.
- Doubles play follows steps one through seven, except that the players of one team alternate in tossing the four bags from the chosen pitching area until all four bags are tossed. Two boards are used, and the opposing team follows the completion of the first team's four bags with four bags of their own, thrown from one of the opposite pitching areas at the second board. Scoring is the same in doubles as it is in singles.
The rules are simple, the competition is a blast, and a call to your concierge can help orchestrate an exciting match!
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