“Croquet is a challenging and intriguing sport requiring tactical ability, judgement and skill rather than strength and fast reflexes”.
Long thought of as a sport for gentry played on lawns in front of stately homes, our croquet group plays in a corner of the playing fields on Moor Lane Recreation Ground behind a container!
We play a very sociable and enjoyable form of the game called Golf Croquet. We have three lawns which limits the number of people playing at any one time to 24. For this reason, we have a maximum membership of 28 and maintain a waiting list when necessary. Please contact our convenor to find out the current position.
Most members start with no knowledge of the game but, after some tuition, the rudiments of golf croquet can be learnt quickly. Learning strategy is equally as important as acquiring the skill to hit the ball where you want it to go! It is one of the few sports in which men and women can play on equal terms regardless of physique and strength. There are mallets for use by members and the only requirement of players is to wear flat shoes on the lawns.
We hold a club day on Monday afternoons from 1.30pm to 4.30pm with a break for refreshments. There is also the opportunity to play private games at other times. The season runs from the beginning of April to mid-October. There is an annual fee of £20 plus £2 when playing on club days and £1 at other times.
For the more competitive players, three teams are entered in the East Midlands Federation League. In 2019, our A Team won Division 2 and were promoted to Division 1 and we are represented in all three divisions.
We also run internal competitions during the season and play friendlies with other clubs in the area. Last season, 15 players spent a very enjoyable two days playing croquet at the Ripon Spa Hotel which we hope will become an annual event.
So, there is a wide range of opportunities to play and test your skills.