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Best Cornhole Boards For Summer & Tailgating Fun

Whether you call it cornhole or bean bag toss, one thing is for certain – this is a fun game for all ages and it can be played all year long! Growing up, we had some cheap bean bag toss boards that us kids played with in the summer. As I got older and moved to the Midwest as an adult, where the game is known more commonly as cornhole, this became the go-to game for tailgating, cookouts, and just hanging out with friends and family.

If you’ve never played this game, then you are in for a treat. Not only is it relatively easy for anyone to play, it’s perfect for kids, teens and adults. But just because anyone can toss a bean bag doesn’t mean that it isn’t challenging, in fact, it takes a little work to perfect your technique to become the winning team. If you’re looking to buy your first cornhole game set, or looking to upgrade your old one, then let us help you out with our recommendations and guide below of the best cornhole boards.

Best Regulation Cornhole Board Sets for the Money in 2019

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Our Top Regulation Size Cornhole Board Sets Reviews

To help you make a decision on which of the recommended boards are ideal for your needs, take a moment to read our reviews below. Our editors to took the time to share their thoughts on the boards that we rated highly and made the cut as one of our favorites on the market right now.

Underneath our reviews is a quick buying guide to help you make an informed decision. Whether you are looking for ACA approved, tailgate, or all weather boards, we have the best of each selected below.

GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set

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Size: 4 feet x 2 feet
Material: Wood
Weight: 19 pounds per board
What’s Included: 2 cornhole boards, 8 all-weather regulation bean bags with a heavy-duty tote bag, and rules

Our choice for the best cornhole board set is the GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set. They are premium boards made with pine wood and a varnished surface.

There a few reasons why we picked this board set as the best:
1. Lightweight. Compared to boards that you might make on your own or boards made of heavier woods, these boards only weigh 19 pounds a piece and are easily movable and portable.
2. ACA Regulation Size. Most people will be using their boards with friends and family, but in case you ever decide to host a cornhole tournament, you won’t have any complainers. (Well you might, but not about the boards!)
3. Customization. The boards come plain with just a varnished surface so you are able to paint them yourself, or add a cornhole board decal if you so desire.

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This set comes with 8 all-weather regulation bean bags – 4 red and 4 blue. It also comes with a tote bag for easy carrying for your bean bags.

Driveway Games All Weather Corntoss Bean Bag Game Review

outdoor bean bag toss game set

Price: Click here for current price
Size: 4 feet x 2 feet
Material: Plastic
Weight: 18 pounds per board
What’s Included: 2 cornhole boards, 8 all-weather regulation bean bags, and cornhole rules

If you are shopping for something that won’t get damaged outside and is good for taking to the lake or tossing in the beach cart, then look no further than this option from Driveway Games All Weather Corntoss Bean Bag Game.

As you might be able to tell, this one is made out of high quality plastic, so it is definitely weatherproof. If it gets wet or dirty, you can easily clean it off and you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged from sitting on the sand or other ground surface.

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You can even sit it in a puddle of water and it will be fine!

This one comes with a total of eight bean bags – four in red and four in blue. They are filled with plastic pellets, so you don’t have to worry about those getting damaged outside from the weather either.

Though these are not made from the regulation plywood, they do meet ACA regulation sizing. So, if you’re preparing for a tournament these are the proper size for you to practice on. Just remember that the surface of these boards will have a different effect on the sliding bags compared to a traditional plywood option.

Victory Tailgate Vintage American Flag Cornhole Set Review

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Size: 4 feet x 2 feet
Material: Wood
Weight: 30 pounds per board
What’s Included: 2 cornhole boards, 8 regulation bean bags, and 1 drawstring carry case

If you want a set that meets all the regulation standards – from the proper size to the proper materials, then look no further than the Victory Tailgate Vintage American Flag Cornhole Set.

This is one of the best high quality options on the market, and it has a very affordable price! We think it’s the best cornhole boards set under $200.

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This one comes with the standard set of eight bean bags for your game play, however you may want to order yourself a set of better quality ones because they are pretty basic.

Overall, these boards are very sturdy and we can see them lasting for many years of game play. And most importantly, the Victory Tailgate brand is a certified ACA cornhole builder, so you know that you are getting top of the line stuff when you buy yourself this set.

Viva Sol Premium All-Wood Bean Bag Toss Boards

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Size: 4 feet x 2 feet
Material: Wood
Weight: 23 pounds per board
What’s Included: 2 cornhole boards, 8 all-weather canvas bean bags, and 1 mesh carrying bag

Last on our regulation cornhole board list, but still not a bad option, is the Viva Sol Premium All-Wood Bean Bag Toss Boards. If you are looking for some all-weather boards, but don’t want the plastic ones listed above, these are your best choice.

The Viva Sol boards are easily portable because they lock together and have rope handles on the side. This allows you to carry your bean bags and any other small items you have in between them.

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The set comes with 8 all-weather canvas bags (4 blue and 4 green) along with a mesh carrying bag for them. They also have a unique design with a walnut finish that gives you somewhat of a target to give your bean bags an alley straight to the hole.

Our Top Tailgate Size Cornhole Board Sets Reviews

If you are looking for a cornhole board set that is a little more portable and lightweight, you should probably consider a tailgate sized set. These are one foot shorter (3′ long vs. 4′ long), lighter, and cheaper. If you are looking for some boards you can just have a good time with friends with anywhere, these are the best cornhole boards for you.

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GoSports Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game Set

Price: Click here for current price
Size: 3 feet x 2 feet
Material: Aluminum
Weight: 12 pounds per board
What’s Included: 2 cornhole boards, 8 all-weather regulation bean bags, premium carrying case, and rules

Our choice for best tailgate sized cornhole boards are the GoSports Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game Set – Superior Aluminum Frame. They have several different designs you can choose from – American Flag, Football, LED, Standard, or Red + Blue. Our favorite is the LED set that has a light up ring around the hole which enables you to see it in the dark.

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Because they are made of aluminum, the boards are super lightweight and can be brought anywhere. The set includes a premium carrying case which allows you to carry the boards and bags all in one. If you choose to go with the LED version, the set comes with the AA batteries necessary to power the ring.

GoSports Classic Cornhole Set

Price: Click here for current price
Size: 3 feet x 2 feet
Material: MDF
Weight: 15 pounds per board
What’s Included: 2 cornhole boards, 8 all-weather regulation bean bags, premium carrying case, and rules

Looking for a cheap cornhole board set that will still be a fun time at any party? The GoSports Classic Cornhole Set is the way to go for a good time without breaking the bank. They have a stylish look with red and blue stripes going down each board. The boards are made of MDF material so they are still light but give a wooden texture, which you might prefer over the aluminum set suggested above.

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As with all GoSports cornhole boards, this set also includes 8 all-weather regulation bean bags (4 red + 4 blue), a premium carrying case, and rules. There are a few reviews that suggest the carrying case might not be as “premium” as listed. So if there is an issue with the bag, you might have to make two trips or have a friend help carry them. This set is not weather proof, so we do not recommend playing in the rain or leaving it out overnight as this will cause damage.

GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set

Price: Click here for current price
Size: 3 feet x 2 feet
Material: Wood
Weight: 15 pounds per board
What’s Included: 2 cornhole boards, 8 all-weather regulation bean bags with a heavy-duty tote bag, and rules

This is the same set as our best cornhole boards listed above, so we won’t get into too many details on this. If for some reason you want to have the 3 foot version, this is still an excellent board. This is one of the priciest tailgate board options so it probably isn’t the best choice if you are trying to save money. However, if you don’t have a specific reason for getting the smaller version, we highly recommend getting the regulation sized boards. You can find either in the link below.

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What To Consider Before Buying

Let’s face it – this game has some pretty basic components – the boards and the bean bags. So, there isn’t a lot to consider in terms of what your buying. So, it really comes down to preferences and budget. With that in mind, here’s a few things to think about before you start shopping.

Weatherproof or Not?

Do you intended to play out in the rain or snow? If so, you should look for boards that have a weatherproof coating that protects them from the elements outside. If you’re just getting one of these sets to use at home, then you can probably skip the weatherproof coating. We find that this feature is most beneficial for tailgating purposes and for people who end up having drunken games with their buddies (cause beer can damage it just like rain).

Got A Design Preference?

From your favorite college team to the American flag, you can find pretty much any design on the tops of cornhole boards. If you’re super picky about that design, then it might take you bit longer to find what your looking for. Or, you might even need to pay for a custom set of boards. Expect to spend a bit more too, if you need something special. Otherwise, you should be able to find plenty of good cornhole boards on the market with a design that you won’t mind.

Do You Need Special Bean Bags?

If you’re purchasing a set, then it will most likely come with bags for playing. Sometimes these bags are high end with designs on them, and other times they are just solid colors. If the look of the bean bags matter to you, then know that before you go shopping. Honestly, I find that they get pretty dirty during play, especially when someone misses the target, so you shouldn’t worry too much about what they look like.

Is It Regulation Size?

If you take your cornhole games seriously, then you’ll only want to buy some boards that are regulation playing size. Otherwise, you’re just playing with a practice set. If you’re not sure what meets regulations, then here’s what to look for:

  • 24-inches 48-inches for the size of the board
  • made of plywood about a half-inch thick
  • six inches in diameter for the hole
  • hole placement should be centered 9-inches from the top of the board and 12-inches from both sides
  • back edge of the board should be 12-inches from the ground
  • front edge of the board should be between 2.5-inches and 4-inches from the ground

Anything other than that can still be played, but does not meet official regulations for proper tournament sizing as put forth by the American Cornhole Association.

Cornhole Rules

people playing cornhole

Cornhole is almost always played between two teams of two players each, much like horseshoes. Partners stand at opposite ends, called pitcher’s boxes, which are located to the right and left of each cornhole board. The two partners should stand on the same side, facing each other. This is done so that no advantage is given to either team. Click here for the official ACO cornhole rules.

Each cornhole team should have 4 bags of a single color. Like with horseshoes, all eight of the bags start at one end of the board.

Before the game begins, a coin flip is held to determine the order of play. The winner of the coin flip can elect to throw first or second, which is really just a matter of preference, as each position has its advantages and disadvantages.

One of the partners on Team A shall kick off the cornhole action by throwing a single cornhole bag at the opposite cornhole board. Players may throw the bag from any distance or angle, provided they are standing behind the cornhole board on their particular side. Once Team A throws their first cornhole bag, Team B will follow by throwing theirs. Game play continues in this fashion until the two opposing players on the same side of the court have thrown all of their cornhole bags.

If at any time a cornhole bag hits the ground and bounces up onto the board, the bag in question shall be removed from the playing surface.

The next round starts with the two opponents on the other side of the cornhole court throwing their bean bags, again alternating turns until all 8 of the cornhole bags have been thrown. Play continues in this fashion—alternating sides and turns—until one team reaches 21 (game) points.

Scoring and Winning in Cornhole

Scoring in cornhole is tallied as the game progresses. At the end of every round—when the two opponents from one side of the cornhole board have thrown all eight of the bean bags (4 each), the score should be tallied. In cornhole, points are awarded according to the following guidelines:

Three Points

  • Cornhole bag goes through the hole. When the cornhole bag goes through the hole on the cornhole board at the opposite end of the court, the team that made this shot will be awarded 3 (round) points. This is the highest possible score with a single cornhole bag.

One Point

All of the following scenarios will result in one point for the throwing team:

  • The Cornhole bag is hanging part way into the hole
  • The Cornhole bag is on the playing surface
  • The cornhole bag is hanging off the edge of the cornhole board, but not touching the ground.

Zero Points

Players/teams will receive no points for a given cornhole bag if any of the following are true:

  • The cornhole bag is off the playing surface on the ground
  • The cornhole bag is hanging from the playing surface, but part of it is touching the ground.
  • The cornhole bag is hanging from the front of the cornhole board, and the part that is hanging is touching another cornhole bag on the ground (Exception: if the cornhole bag on the ground can be removed without causing the hanging cornhole bag to hit the ground, one point will be awarded for that bag.

Important to remember here is that the score is tallied after each round. Therefore, the only automatic points a thrower can guarantee for his team is a throw that goes through the hole on the cornhole board. Bags that land on—or are suspended over—the cornhole board will certainly receive one point if they happen to remain in that position throughout the round, but keep in mind that the opposing player can always aim for those bags with the goal of knocking them off the board.

When scoring cornhole, there are “round scores” and the “game score.” The cornhole team with the highest round score each round, adds the difference of the two scores to their game score. In other words, if Team A scores 8 points in a give round, and Team B scores 5 points, Team A, as the highest scorer, would take the difference between the two scores—in this case 3 (8-5), and add those 3 points to his team’s “game score.”

After the scores are tallied after each round, the cornhole team who wins the round is given the honors and must throw first in the next round. If both cornhole teams have the same round score then the game score stays the same and honors stays with the team who had them the previous round.

Play continues in this manner until one team reaches or exceeds a game score of 21 points.

About the author

Sam Frazier

As a child of the 80's, my fondest gaming memories are playing Pitfall, Frogger, Kaboom! and Chopper Command on our old Atari 8600. These days I've been rocking the Nintendo Classic and learning some new card and board games with the family.

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