HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (August 10, 2015) -- Wind Crest retirement community residents are pitching horseshoes on their campus' new horseshoe court built by the son of an employee to earn his Eagle Scout Badge.
Tim Bond and his fellow Scouts from Troop 457 in Greenwood Village, CO, worked throughout July to construct the court. Bond coordinated with Wind Crest's General Services Department as well as its resident woodshop. He also collaborated with resident and former semi-professional horseshoe pitcher Bob Carlson, who has been playing the sport ever since he was 12 years old, to design the court.
Carlson donated his horseshoe hardware to the effort. "I bought the set of four horseshoes maybe about 30 years ago for $6. Today, the same set costs about $180," he said. He also donated a set of custom-made cold-rolled steel stakes.
The new regulation court, which is 48 feet long by 6 feet wide, opened August 6. A stake and sand pit is at each end of the court and each pit is back-stopped by a heavy, wood backboard. The regions of the court are distinguished by two different colors of crushed granite. The framework for the court is made of 2-foot by 6-foot treated lumber.
"I am so proud of the effort Tim put in to planning and building this horseshoe court," said his mother, Tamara Bond, a physical therapist. "It is outstanding. It is fantastic to see the residents at Wind Crest enjoy his project."
Residents through the Resident Advisory Council have been requesting the construction of a horseshoe court. Bond's interest in the project for his Eagle Scout Badge project and the residents' desires came together this year.
Residents are already signing up for horseshoe matches that will be held between now and into fall. A Horseshoe Club is rumored to soon be a part of Wind Crest's activities roster.
Camaraderie, according to Carlson, is one of the greatest aspects about the sport of horseshoes. "There's always a lot of laughter, and if you have any stress, you can go out there by yourself or with friends and just concentrate and forget your stress," he said.