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SFHPC Logo B-R-YWe are planning events for the Season. We will post event dates and locations as events are scheduled.
The Northern California Horseshoe Pitching Association has a full tournament schedule across the state.
Check out the NCHPA event calendar for where you can pitch with some of the best.

Oct. 20 (Sat) 9:30 AM: GOLDEN GATE CLASSIC -
NCHPA Return to Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Tournament!
Come join us for the Norther California Horseshoe Pitching Associations first sactioned full National Tournament hosted by a San Francisco based club in San Francisco in 23 YEARS!!!
This Tourament will be hosted by the SFHPC. You must be a registered member of the NCHPA and qualified to pitch in this tournament since you must have a qualified ringer percentage rating to participate. The SFHPC became a member club in the Northern California Horseshoe Pitching Association at the end of 2011. We will provide opportunities for SFHPC members to join the NCHPA and toss 100 horseshoes in order to establish your initial ringer percentage. Who you play in the tournament is based upon your ringer percentage and games can be handicapped. Tournament will follow official NHPA rules. Players will be grouped to compete against players of similar skill level (ringer average %) in a round robin within your classification. Prizes, raffles, and great competition. This tournament will be drawing players from all over the State of California and out of State. Come watch and play with some of the best horseshoe pitchers in the State. Have you ever wondered how good you are? Come play and find out! Stay tuned for more information!
Contact if you have any questions.
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The Golden Gate Classic and future SFHPC tournaments are being brought to you by the partnership the San Francisco Horseshoe Pitching Club is forming with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department in a committed effort to build community relationships that assist in the restoration and maintenance of our city's park facilities. We are restoring our corner of the Park and welcome everyone to participate and enjoy this historic public facility by playing the sport it was created for in 1922. We gratefully thank the SFRPD management and staff for their assistance and support in restoring the Horseshoe Courts and making events like this possible.

Join this website! Click on the SIGN UP! button at the top right of the page and follow the instructions! It's FREE. Meet other players and support horseshoe pitching in San Francisco! If you don't want to sign up on a club website but still want to meet other player just send me (pznkz) an email at and I'll let you know when and where we'll be playing.

***The San Francisco Horseshoe Pitching Club is joining the National Horseshoe Pitching Association !! ***
We will be an 'official' club in time for the 2011 Golden Gate Classic, the 1st nationally sanctioned tournament in 22 years in SF!!
You must be a member of the NHPA to participate in sanctioned tournaments. Annual Membership in the SFHPC will be $35/year. $27 goes to State & National Dues, $8 will go to the club fund. You will obtain a qualified ringer average and be able compete in your ringer average class at tournaments across the state and country. Join the SFHPC and help support the continued restoration and maintenance of these public horseshoe courts. Email to join or for more information.

Sept. 22nd (Sat) Noon-5 pm: 2nd Annual Cal Poly SLO Alumni Tournament & BBQ!
The 2nd Annual Cal Poly Alumni Tournament and BBQ! Several members of our horseshoe club turned out to be alumni from Cal Poly SLO...
So we decided to throw a party and invite all former alumni as well as anyone else who wants to come out and join us.
Proceeds are going to the SFHPC for the continued restoration and maintenance of the Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Courts.
The SFHPC saved and restored the Golden Gate horseshoe courts and are continuing our efforts to restore them.
We are welcome our new SFHPC Tournament Beer Sponsor - Alaskan Brewing Co.!
As well as San Francisco's favorite "5 Star Dive Bar" the Tee-Off Bar & Grill as a new sponsor!
The Tee Off was featured on the Food Networks, Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. See video below.
Owners Paul & Krystal will be serving up one of their signature bbq pork creations and other savory offerings!
The Tee Off is a great bar with great food across the street from the Lincoln Park Golf Course.
Alaskan Brewery will be serving a selection of their delicious cold brews to wash down the 5 Star BBQ between your horseshoe matches!
This is going to be a tournament not to miss! Great Food, Great Beer, Great time playing horseshoes....and great people.

This is an OPEN tournament to the PUBLIC. You do NOT have to be an alumni of Cal Poly.
Tournament will be limited to the FIRST 36 Teams to register early!
Click on Tournament EVITE to register. Register to reserve your team spot! Pay on the day of the event when you sign in.
or email me at
Walk-ons are welcome but only pre-registered team spots will be reserved.
by 11:00 AM !!!!
We will provide horseshoes if you don't have them.
Tournament Format:
Group Round Robin, with games to 21, win by two, leaners COUNT as 2pts, cancellation horseshoes, no slop.
Six Groups of six teams each. (everyone plays at least 5 matches) Winner of each Group & two wild cards advance to an 8 slot single elimination bracket.
Wild Card teams will be the 2nd place group finisher with the highest total points without winning the group.
NCHPA members welcome, declare your average when registering. Teams with a combined NatStat average over 40% will be split with a random draw partner.

Tournament registration includes participation in the tournament and a food and beverage ticket.
Spectators and non-playing guests will be allowed to register for just the barbecue alone at a separate cost. Includes lunch, and beer.

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 22
SIGN IN: By 11:00 AM
TIME: Start: 11:30AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Courts, San Francisco, Calif. (map)
COST: Doubles Team (Entry into Tournament + barbecue + beer) – $40
Barbecue + Beer Only (Single Person) – $15

Tee Off Bar and Grill Alaskan Brewing Co logo

San Francisco Horseshoe Pitching Club - San Francisco Horseshoe Pitching
Round Robin Group Format Card for 6 Teams - Each team plays 5 games; winner advances to finals.

Tee Off Bar & Grill
3129 Clement St
(between 32nd Ave & 33rd Ave) (415) 752-5439

May 22nd-

Lord of the Ringer - Saturday June 26th 2010!!! Are you ready for the coolest horseshoe tournament / skate jam in the country??? The event organizers from Blood Wizard Skateboard are planning another great tournament!!! Stay tuned for more info and start practicing. Check out the YouTube video and photo links of last years tounament at the bottom of this page!

SF Rotary Club Horseshoe Tournament & BBQ date to be determined.

1st Annual San Francisco International Open Horseshoe Tournament! Sept. 12, 2009!

July 11, 2009 Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pits Clean Up
What at turn out! Over 20 Guardsmen and volunteers came out to make some amazing progress in the restoration of the Golden Gate Horseshoe Pits. Look at the photo album to see photograhs of the work in progress.

June 6, 2009 Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pits Clean Up
SFHPC joined forces with the Guardsmens and Hugh and Juan from the Golden Gate Park maintenance department to take the first big step to restoring the horseshoe pits!! There is a lot more work to do, and another volunteer work day is scheduled for Saturday July 11, 2009! In the meantime Rec & Park will continue their work of restoring the Oak Grove by removing the overgrowth, and vines and blackberries that are strangling the trees. They will also be removing the tons of sand and dirt that have accummulated in the pits over the last decade or more. The park police have told Rec & Park that they will begin patroling the pits at night, to help prevent further tragedies like the death of Brandon Lee Evans on Nov. 29, 2008. His family and friends have erected a memorial at the base of the steps up to the pits. Neighbors have come by to applaud the efforts and offer their support. Creating a safe, enjoyable recreational site for all San Franciscans to enjoy and be proud of has begun! Support, and interest in restoring the horseshoe pits and this corner of GGPark is coming from across social boundaries as only San Francisco can do. Rec & Park is stepping up to the challenge and their support is greatly appreciated. Thanks to Kristin, Hugh, Ramon & Juan and all the other workers we don't see!
Click Here to see full Photo Album.

Uncovered Treasures
Uncovered Treasures!
It's a start!
view from the hill
The Pits are now visible from the hill.
Brandon Lee Evans Memorial
Brandon Lee Evans Memorial
Peter's .38 specials
Live .38 special bullets found by Horseshoe Pitcher sculpture
A couple dozen hypodermic needles found around Horseshoe Pitcher and both sides of the steps.
The Horse
Horse Sculpture - Damaged in recent years. Overgrown vegetation removed - restoration is planned.
Hugh pruning the oak
Park Employees Hugh & Juan clearing overgrowth and pruning the oak.
Ted - clearing the wall
The Guardsmen Take the Wall!! Ted frees an Oak tree.

May 23, 2009: Livermore Summer Series
Contact Ken Baker, (925) 980-0083, email:
The 1st Tournament is over, but contact Ken Baker for the dates of the next TWO tournaments!
Summer Series 2009 - LivermoreSummer Series Map

Ken Baker 2008 Champs Summer Series 2008 Summer Series 2008

May 16, 2009 Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pits
The 1st Annual "Lord of the Ringer" Tournament!

Click on poster for full tournmanent results and photos.

May 9, 2009 Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pits Clean Up
SFHPC members and the crew from BloodWizard Skateboard Company, DAF productions, and the San Francisco Skateboarding Association teamed up again to spend another full day getting the Horseshoe Pits in prime condition for the May 16th Tournament! Things are shaping up!
JB excavating the horse 5-9-09_digging out1
SFSA digging out 5-9-09 end of day

April 25, 2009 Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pits Clean Up
SFHPC members and the crew from BloodWizard Skateboard Company teamed up to spend a day getting the Horseshoe Pits in prime condition for the May 16th Tournament. Great job! and a big thanks to everyone who came out. Even the locals who showed up at the end of the day just to try out the newly cleared out pits.
Bldwzrd 4-25-09_01Bldwzrd 4-25-09_02
left to right: Justin, Antonius, Matt & Rico
April 4, 2009 Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Party and BBQ:
Over 30 people showed up for Horseshoes in Golden Gate Park and a BBQ. Several people arrived early with shovels, rakes, brooms and other tools to clean up broken glass and litter and to restore several horseshoe pits into playing condition. As you can see from the photos, many of the pits are over grown with weeds and dirt and are awaiting care. Thanks to everyone who showed up, helped to clean up and had a good time. Stay tuned for future events.

4-4-09 GGP BBQ 4-4-09 GGP BBQ 2

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