The Club has four full sized croquet lawns and much effort is put in to ensure that these are kept to a high standard. Weekly during the season, between April and October, there are three Club “Mix-ins” for Doubles Golf croquet.
These are currently held on Thursday and Saturday from 2 p.m. and include a break for afternoon tea. On Tuesdays from April 2012 play will start at 11 a.m. and go through until 4 p.m.
Association Croquet “Mix-ins” are held Monday and Saturday from 2 p.m. and Wednesday evening from 6 p.m., with coaching if required.
Those who wish to play singles Golf Croquet may also come to the Monday afternoon session.
Working people may find evening play more convenient. A Thursday evening session is available, by arrangement, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Please contact Roy (565370) or Pam (566040) if you wish to play at this time.
Beginners are welcome and the Club's four Croquet Association certificated coaches offer sessions in Association and Golf Croquet to anyone wishing to improve his/her game.
Tournaments are run annually open to CA members; a Festival of Croquet in May, a National Golf qualification tournament in July, and an Association Handicap tournament.
The Club also has teams entered in various outside events, including the Southern and South-Eastern Federation Croquet Leagues and the Inter-Counties Tournament.
In recent years we have been fortunate to be offered the opportunity to host several prestigious Croquet Association national tournaments giving members the opportunity to observe, and sometimes take part in, matches with high ranking players.
In the autumn of 2009 an automatic irrigation system was installed by Watermation which helps to maintain the lawns in good condition and reduces the input from Club members which the previous labour intensive travelling irrigator required.
The Croquet Lawns and Clubhouse are also available for private hire. A Croquet coach can be provided to explain the rules of the game and the event tailored to your requirements. Consider a Croquet challenge with your friends and family, followed by tea and biscuits, or Pimms, cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and cream ..... how very beautifully British. Contact Alan Truckel on 882371 or 07503470100 for more information
For further details please contact us.
The following websites may be of interest:
- The Croquet Association
This site gives an enormous amount of information about the game, rules, history, technical articles and an online shop. http://www.croquet.org.uk/
- Oxford Croquet
Another site covering all aspects of the game, including refereeing and lawn care.
The Thornton Golf Croquet Trophy American Tournament.
Ladies invitation event at Abingdon.
From left - Joan, Judy, Heather, Glenna, Karin and Jane.