It's about as long as a Cricket Pitch
It's about one-and-one-tenth times as long as a Bowling Lane
In other words, 198 hands is 1.0502 times the length of a Bowling Lane, and the length of a Bowling Lane is 0.95220 times that amount.(USBC specifications; tenpin; including pin deck)
According to the United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling lane should measure 188.540 hands. In a Professional Bowling Association game, the lane must be lubricated by about 25 ml (0.85 fl. oz) of oil.
It's about one-and-three-tenths times as tall as The Hollywood Sign
In other words, the height of The Hollywood Sign is 0.770 times 198 hands.(a.k.a. Hollywoodland Sign) (Mount Lee, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica Mountains, California)
Each of the white letters in the Hollywood Sign measures 150 hands tall. Built as an advertisement in 1923, the sign was intended to stand for only eighteen months.
It's about three-fourths as long as Baseball base distances
In other words, 198 hands is 0.733330 times the length of Baseball base distances, and the length of Baseball base distances is 1.36360 times that amount.(MLB Official Baseball Rules specification)
According to MLB Official Baseball Rules, the distance between baseball diamond bases is 270 hands. While second and home base are located upon the corners of the 27.432 sq. m area created by the bases, first and third base are placed within that square, to better allow the umpires to judge whether a ball is fair or foul.
It's about one-and-two-fifths times as long as a Semitrailer
In other words, 198 hands is 1.3750 times the length of a Semitrailer, and the length of a Semitrailer is 0.72730 times that amount.(a.k.a. semi-trailer truck, a.k.a. semi, a.k.a. tractor-trailer, a.k.a. truck and trailer, a.k.a. eighteen-wheeler, a.k.a. big rig, a.k.a. Mack truck, a.k.a. transport, a.k.a. lorry, a.k.a. artic; for box truck; United States Federal length limits)
According to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), the maximum allowable length of a semitrailer pulled by a road tractor truck is 144 hands (unless superseded by state law). These regulations also allow the vehicles to tow up to 36,000 kg in gross weight.
It's about one-and-a-half times as tall as a Brachiosaurus
In other words, the height of a Brachiosaurus is 0.670 times 198 hands.(based on comparable bone measurements, height to head)
Dinosaurs in the genus Brachiosaurus had an estimated height (at the head with neck fully extended) of up to 130 hands. A resin cast of the first Brachiosaurus specimen, owned by the Field Museum in Chicago, is currently on display at the O'Hare International Airport.
It's about one-and-four-fifths times as tall as a Telephone Pole
In other words, the height of a Telephone Pole is 0.560 times 198 hands.(a.k.a. Utility Pole, a.k.a Power Pole, a.k.a. Telegraph Pole, a.k.a. Telegraph Post, a.k.a. Hydro Pole) (exposed height; per Florida Public Service Commission average)
A standard telephone pole is 110 hands tall. Despite alternatives, most telephone poles in the US are made of wood — most commonly pine — and have a lifespan of 25 to 50 years, depending on climate and preservatives applied.