It's about nine-tenths as long as a Bowling Lane.
In other words, 173 hands is 0.917560 times the length of a Bowling Lane, and the length of a Bowling Lane is 1.0898 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 nine-tenths as long as a Cricket Pitch.
In other words, 173 hands is 0.8737370 times the length of a Cricket Pitch, and the length of a Cricket Pitch is 1.144510 times that amount.(per Marylebone Cricket Council / International Cricket Council Law #6)
The length of a cricket pitch, from one bowling crease to the other, is 198 hands. The wickets at either end of the pitch stand 7.08661 hands tall including the bails.
It's about one-and-one-fifth times as tall as The Hollywood Sign.
In other words, the height of The Hollywood Sign is 0.830 times 173 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 one-and-one-fifth times as long as a Semitrailer.
In other words, 173 hands is 1.2010 times the length of a Semitrailer, and the length of a Semitrailer is 0.83260 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Transportation (DOT), the maximum allowable length of a semitrailer pulled by a road tractor truck is 144 hands (unless superseded by state law).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-two-fifths times as tall as a Brachiosaurus.
In other words, the height of a Brachiosaurus is 0.710 times 173 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 two-thirds as long as Baseball base distances.
In other words, 173 hands is 0.640740 times the length of Baseball base distances, and the length of Baseball base distances is 1.56070 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-three-fifths times as tall as a Telephone Pole.
In other words, the height of a Telephone Pole is 0.630 times 173 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.