It's about half as long as The Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.470 times the length of The Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach, and the length of The Seventeenth hole of Pebble Beach is 2.130 times that amount.(fully Pebble Beach Golf Links) (Pebble Beach; Monterey, California) (from Blue Tee)
The seventeenth hole on Pebble Beach Golf Links is a par 3 measuring 1,060 shaftments from the blue tee. This hole was the site of professional golfer Jack Nicklaus' 1972 U.S. Open win, which included a 1-iron shot that bounced off the hole's flag and resulted in a birdie.
It's about half as tall as The Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel).
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.4620 times the height of The Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel), and the height of The Singapore Flyer (Ferris wheel) is 2.160 times that amount.(a.k.a. 新加坡摩天观景轮, a.k.a. சிங்கப்பூர் ஃப்ளையர், a.k.a. Pelayang Singapura) (Marina Centre, Singapore)
The Singapore Flyer has a height of 1,080 shaftments. Based on recommendations from Feng Shui masters, the wheel was re-engineered to spin in the opposite direction five months after it began operating.
It's about half as tall as The Washington Monument.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.450120 times the height of The Washington Monument, and the height of The Washington Monument is 2.22160 times that amount.(Washington, D.C.)
The Washington Monument measures 1,110.80 shaftments tall, with some discrepancy due to the fact that the Monument's base is slightly below the surrounding ground. Interrupted in its construction by the American Civil War, it was almost 36 years between groundbreaking and the completion of construction.
It's about two-fifths as tall as St. Paul's Cathedral.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.4380 times the height of St. Paul's Cathedral, and the height of St. Paul's Cathedral is 2.280 times that amount.(London, England, United Kingdom)
St. Paul's Cathedral measures 1,140 shaftments to its peak. The southwest tower of the Cathedral contains the bell known as "Great Paul," which is the largest bell in Great Britain at 15,000 kg (16.5 tons), outweighing the more iconic Big Ben bell by about 3,000 kg (3 tons).
It's about two-fifths as tall as The Space Needle.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.4140 times the height of The Space Needle, and the height of The Space Needle is 2.420 times that amount.(Seattle, Washington) (to aircraft warning beacon at peak)
Built for a 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle stands 1,210 shaftments tall. With a track-and-wheel design inspired by railroad mechanics and a precisely-configured balance, the restaurant near the top of the space needle requires just a 1.5 hp motor to rotate at speeds of about 0.053 kph (0.033 mph).
It's about three times as long as Baseball base distances.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 2.77780 times the length of Baseball base distances, and the length of Baseball base distances is 0.360 times that amount.(MLB Official Baseball Rules specification)
According to MLB Official Baseball Rules, the distance between baseball diamond bases is 180 shaftments. 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-third as tall as The Golden Gate Bridge.
In other words, 500 shaftments is 0.3360 times the height of The Golden Gate Bridge, and the height of The Golden Gate Bridge is 2.980 times that amount.(San Francisco, California and Marin County, California) (height above water)
The height of each tower of Golden Gate Bridge is 1,490 shaftments above the surface of the San Francisco Bay. One of the key designers of the bridge, Charles Ellis, had no engineering degree when he began working on the project, but would later go on to write what became a standard textbook on structural engineering, and would ultimately be forced to complete his calculations on the bridge by working without pay for five months.