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Gated Games

Gated GamesWhile the Taylor Fencing team has a dozen different reasons for why fences are not only beneficial, but necessary, they range from the fun to the absolutely “well, we suppose that we should do this”. It’s a tough spectrum. Everyone has different reasons why they decide to install premium fences and gates and hopefully everyone is working with the Taylor Fencing team. We are – to that point – the very best in the business, and we’re very proud to be seen that way.

Back to reasons for needing a fence. We try and focus on different ones in all of our blog posts and today’s is pretty fun! Playing games in the backyard or on your property in general should simply be, well… fun! Whether you’re a young child or you’re re-living the glory days at any age, you should feel safe and you should feel like you can focus on the game at hand. You’re probably nodding your head and saying, “obviously, that shouldn’t even be a question!” The Taylor Fencing team agrees with you, but many teams don’t. Let’s focus on the former and remind you that all of our current and prospective customers will always be in the same camp  – one that’s always protected with not just our customer service practices, but the processes in which we design and install our products and the materials chosen, so that any fence or gate is completely durable and insured for life.

All this is commonplace news. Let’s get back to the fun stuff. The Taylor Fencing team is kicking off a series of posts talking about exactly what you can do within fenced areas. Believe us, based on our customer base, it spans the gamut. Today, as the weather gets cooler, we want to talk about all of the games that you can – and sometimes should – play within fenced areas. Read on for more information:


We had to kick it off with an ageless game that has a dozen different names, but where a fence is definitely necessary. Not familiar? Let us enlighten you. Tosso probably has our favorite description. “Toss the 16oz corn-filled cornhole bag into the hole of cornhole board for 3 points. Land the cornhole bag on the cornhole board and score 1 point. The first player or team to 21 wins. The distance for cornhole is 33 feet from hole to hole or 27 feet from the front of each board. It’s a simple and addictive yard game.” Check out this link for more in-depth rules of cornhole.


If you asked one of our teammates at Taylor Fencing, you’d hear a scary and funny story about a certain sibling who may not have remembered to keep a certain distance while playing, but if you do your homework and know how to play, then you know that a fence truly is a necessity to have when you play a game like this. Have we piqued your interest? We thought so. Here’s an overview of what croquet looks like and how to play, courtesy of LL Bean: “The court, when space permits, should be 100 feet by 50 feet, though you can adjust accordingly. To score a croquet wicket, croquet rules state that the croquet ball must go all the way through the croquet wicket and stay clear of it. (According to croquet rules, the point doesn’t count if the croquet ball rolls back, and through the croquet wicket.) The team wins when it has all its croquet balls successfully moved through the double-diamond.”


Similar to the above, we don’t have too many of our teammates who are proficient at horseshoes, but that only helps our case here. After all, a fence like our COLORBOND fence will surely make sure that any errant horseshoes aren’t flying over any fences or shrubs and maybe causing you conversations that you don’t necessarily want to have. Unfamiliar? Don’t worry, we have your back on both fronts (pun intended). Let’s start with COLORBOND fencing (we’re not biased or anything). This is a great fencing solution if you’re looking for something that’s a little bit taller and something that you can have a bit more fun with when it comes to color or style. If that’s up your alley, the Taylor Fencing team recommends that you give us a call at your convenience, or an email, or even come in and say hi! We’d love to help share if this style of fencing makes sense for you! Now, back to horseshoes. How do you play in a fenced-in area, you wonder? If videos are your favorite way to learn, we love this one. If you’re more of a written word lady or gent, we still have your back. Thank you, Everyday Health,

“Aside from a few common-sense rules about standing apart for the pitch (to keep everyone safe), and being polite not to talk or make rude exclamations during a service, the rules are all about points. Keeping score can be a little confusing at first, but to keep it all straight, have these rules handy when you first begin.

  • Rule 1:Ringers are awarded 3 points. To qualify as a ringer, a straight edge must be able to touch both points of the horseshoe.
  • Rule 2:If nobody scores a ringer, the closest horseshoe to the stake scores one point. This includes “leaners,” or horseshoes touching the stake but not qualified as a ringer. The horseshoe does not have to lean to qualify as a leaner, and the points remain the same no matter how close the leaner is as compared to another leaner.
  • Rule 3:Give two points to the player who threw both horseshoes closer to the stake than his or her opponent’s”.

We hope that this gives you good incentive to get outside before the weather gets too cold, but don’t worry, we’ll have all sorts of outdoor activities that you can give a whirl once the weather truly turns to winter!