Cornhole Court and Board Dimensions (Size and Distance)

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Last updated: August 30, 2021

A game of cornhole in the backyard may look quite easy to set up, but creating an official cornhole court has to adhere to specific regulations.

A cornhole court consists of several elements, with regulation size and dimensions for the court as well as for the two boards.

In this article, I am going to outline what an official cornhole court looks like, including diagrams with the correct court and board dimensions, and the distance between the two boards.

 

Quick guide:

  • Cornhole court dimensions are 40 by 8 feet.
  • Cornhole board dimensions are 4 by 2 feet.
  • Cornhole pitchers box dimensions are 4 by 3 feet (on each side of the board).
  • Distance between cornhole boards is 27 feet (foul line to foul line).

Cornhole Court Size and Dimensions

Before I go through the exact cornhole court size and dimensions, let me point out that if you’re planning to simply play cornhole casually in the backyard, there is really no need to worry about the official regulation size and dimensions.

Simply grab yourself a recreational cornhole board set from Amazon, such as the below xxxx set, place the boards approximately 27 feet apart, and you’re good to go to start playing.

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But if you’re keen to find out how to set up an official cornhole court, keep reading!

Elements of a Cornhole Court

Here are the different elements that make up a regulation size cornhole court:

  1. Cornhole board (x2):
    A cornhole court consists of 2 cornhole boards, one on each end of the court.
  2. Pitchers box (x4):
    The pitchers box is the area from where players throw their cornhole bags. A cornhole court has 4 pitchers boxes; two on each end of the court, on both sides of the boards.
  3. Foul line (x2):
    The foul line is the line the player cannot cross when throwing their cornhole bag. This line is the front edge of the board and the two pitchers boxes.

Cornhole Court Diagram

Here is a diagram of an official cornhole court:

Diagram of a cornhole court
Diagram of a cornhole court

Let’s go through the exact regulation dimensions in a bit more detail.

Cornhole Court Dimensions

The size of a cornhole court is 40 feet long and 8 feet wide, or otherwise 480 inches long and 96 inches wide.

These are the measurements of a cornhole court and its elements:

  • Cornhole court: 40 x 8 feet (480 x 96 inches).
  • Cornhole board: 4 x 2 feet (48 x 24 inches).
  • Cornhole pitchers box: 4 x 3 feet (48 x 36 inches).
  • Distance between cornhole boards: 27 feet (324 inches).
  • Length of foul line: 8 feet (96 inches).

Note that the length of a cornhole court is set at 40 feet which is actually longer than the length of the different elements added together (4 + 27 + 4 = 35 feet).

I am assuming this is to allow for space behind the two boards. So technically, the length of a cornhole court is 35 feet. Some sources even suggest a length of 45 feet, but regardless, the length of the two boards plus the distance between the two boards appears to be set in stone, which is 35 feet.

Also note that for junior players (under 12 years old), the distance between the two foul lines is typically reduced to 12 to 15 feet.

Cornhole Board Size and Dimensions

Now, let’s have a closer look at the dimensions and size of the two cornhole boards.

Cornhole Board Diagram

Here is a diagram of an official cornhole board:

Diagram of a cornhole board
Diagram of a cornhole board

Let’s go through these dimensions in a bit more detail.

Cornhole Board Dimensions

The size of a cornhole board is 4 feet long and 2 feet wide, or otherwise 48 inches long and 24 inches wide.

These are the measurements of a cornhole board:

  • Cornhole board: 4 x 2 feet (48 x 24 inches).
  • Cornhole board hole diameter: 6 inches.
  • Cornhole board hole from back of board: 9 inches.
  • Back of cornhole board from ground: 12 inches.
  • Front of cornhole board from ground: 4 inches.

The hole in the board is 6 inches in diameter, and is centered 9 inches from the top of the board, which means that the center of the hole is 12 inches from the top and 36 inches from the bottom.

If you’re keen to build a set of cornhole boards yourself, these exact measurements may come in handy for you.

Make your own cornhole board

Final Thoughts

Hopefully this guide has given you all the answers in regards to the correct dimensions for a cornhole court and cornhole board, in addition to the exact distance between the two cornhole boards.

If you would like to improve your cornhole skills, check out my guide to the rules of cornhole, and also my guide to the best cornhole bag throwing techniques for some insider tips.

If you would like to learn more about the great game of cornhole, join a club, or play a tournament, check out the American Cornhole Organization website, or otherwise the American Cornhole Association website.

 

Cornhole court and board dimensions guide

 
Thomas Dunnett

The backyard is the perfect place to bond with family and friends, to have a good time, or to simply relax with some fresh air and a bit of sunshine. With this website I am hoping to share my passion for the backyard with you.

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