How to Play

Beginner Programme
The Club offers coaching for beginners. Coaching sessions consist of instruction and play, at the end of which the student will have a good feel for Golf Croquet.

Follow-on Programme
Having completed the beginner programme, new members participate in Club playing days with help from other members and guidance by coaches.

Advanced Coaching Programme
Advanced coaching lessons for members are available to meet specific needs.

Association Croquet
Association Croquet is a tactical game, usually between two players, consisting of running six hoops in order with two balls, clockwise first and then anti-clockwise, and finally hitting the central peg.

It is played in a lawn measuring 35yd by 28 yards. The running of a hoop and hitting of the peg scores one point. The maximum score is, therefore, 26 points. Six hoops twice by two balls plus the pegging out.

Running a hoop and hitting another ball (roquet) entitles the player to play extra shots. One of them is the croquet shot, unique to this game, when the striker ball is hit when touching another ball. Like chess, by a simple set-up and by this entitlement of extra shots a complex tactical game develops, which is the main attraction of the game.

The ball weighs 1 lb and the hoops just allow the ball to run through them. The balls are hit with a mallet, that weighs usually about 3 lb.

Croquet is a fascinating game of tactics especially appealing to people interested in intellectual challenges. It can be played at any age. Most croquet players regret not having taken up the game at an early stage of their lives.

Croquet is mainly played in England (World Champions), Australia, New Zealand and the USA

Golf Croquet
Golf Croquet is the simplest form of Croquet to learn and play and is a very sociable game. It is the form we introduce during our Corporate & Social Group Days, as players can immediately begin to learn skills, whilst at the same time having a lot of fun.

Points are scored by running your ball through a hoop, with your mallet. Usually players play in pairs, one pair with the blue and black balls and the other pair with the red and yellow balls. The first ball to run a hoop, wins that hoop. After running six hoops in a clockwise direction, hoops are then run in an anti-clockwise direction, until one pair scores seven hoops and is declared the winner of that game.

There are several tactical moves to master, so as to ensure that your balls run the hoop before those of your opponents. Newcomers to the game derive much pleasure from the perceived ‘meanness’ of some of these tactics.

So come along and enjoy some games with us and you too may become addicted to the wonderful game of Croquet.