The Croquet Club
Compete or simply play for fun
Croquet has been played at Phyllis Court since 1906, but after a period of dormancy it was reactivated in the 1980s by a band of enthusiasts for the game.
Association Croquet (AC) has been played in England since Victorian times. While still popular with many players, it is fast being surpassed in popularity by Golf Croquet (GC), which is very much the up-and-coming game of choice for many members. This is much in the same way as Test cricket is losing ground to one-day matches.
The Croquet Club is a very active club and tries to cater for all. Some prefer competitive play, others are happy to play socially. The season is from April to October but some hardy souls play all year round.
The committee organises a training week in the spring and tries to arrange for experienced members to look after beginners in the first few weeks. For those who like to play socially there are four ‘All Comers’ afternoons a week when members can meet and play against other members, usually in a doubles format.
For those who want to play competitively there is a range of club competitions to suit all ages and abilities – there’s even an over 80s competition. The club fields six teams to play in inter-club matches in the Southern Croquet Federation. In 2016 the club played in the semi-final of the national championship for Golf Croquet.