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How to Play: Rules, Coaching, Handicapping, Ranking, Refereeing

What is croquet all about - and why should you give it a try?

Croquet: six hoops, four balls, two mallets and a patch of grass.

Sounds easy enough.

Croquet is a game of skill and strategy, angles, tactics, guile. A bit like snooker on grass. Will your balls get through the hoops and peg out before your opponent's? It is played on equal terms by men and women and between young and old.

Croquet offers sport, friendships, fun, competition and a whole lot more.

To see what we mean, please watch the adjacent short video.

With over 200 croquet clubs nationwide to choose from, look up your nearest club to find out more about the outdoor sport that keeps you physically and mentally fit, providing a competitive yet sociable environment. Clubs belong to regional Federations.

Croquet is played on a 35 x 28 yards completely flat and closely-mown fine grass court.

Six cast-iron hoops and a peg set firmly into the ground, four balls weighing one pound (in top-class competition 1/32" smaller than a hoop), and mallets weighing around three pounds are used to play at club to international level.

The Coaching section will get you started through to international champion.

The Refereeing section tells you how to become or be a better referee.

The Handicapping system allows competitive games between players of different abilities.

The Ranking System ranks all croquet players in the world.

There are two main variants of the game played in the UK, see the introduction to croquet:

The Technical section tells everything else!

There are also some just-for-fun games you can play on a croquet lawn.

The tournaments section tells you all about the competitive scene.

Coming Up

Where are the top players?


  • 26-29: Budleigh The 2022 European Golf Croquet Championships View details (GC)


What's on?


  • 21-28: Roehampton Summer Tournament (AC) View details (AC)
  • 28: Guildford Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles View details (GC)
  • 28-29: Cheltenham The Cheltenham Golf Croquet Championship (Championship Series) View details (GC)
  • 28-29: Hamptworth Golf Croquet A-Level (0+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 28-29: Surbiton AC International Performance Development Squad: Mentored Match Weekend View details (AC)
  • 28-29: Blewbury High-Bisquers' 14-Point Handicap Weekend View details (AC)
  • 28-29: Bowdon Advanced Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 28-29: Nottingham B-Level Singles Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 28-29: Newport Open Advanced (AC) Weekend View details (AC)
  • 31: The Academy Short Court AC One Day Follow Up Course View details (Course)
  • 31: Peterborough Peterborough GC C-Level Series Tournament View details (GC)


  • 4: Meadows The Scottish Golf Croquet Championship View details (GC)
  • 4-5: Colchester Colchester Ladies' Open GC Singles Tournament View details (GC)
  • 4-5: Sidmouth Golf Croquet A-Level (0+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 4-5: Wrest Park The Wrest Park Golf Croquet Championship (Championship Series) View details (GC)
  • 3-5: Hunstanton Over Fifties' Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 3-6: Carrickmines The Championships of County Dublin 2022 View details (AC)
  • 8: Northern Academy Learn Short Croquet in One Day View details (Course)
  • 9: Roehampton Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 11: Leighton-Linslade Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 11-12: Pendle Golf Croquet Open Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 11-12: Ramsgate The Ramsgate Golf Croquet Championship (Championship Series) View details (GC)
  • 7-9: Tyneside Midweek Handicap (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 7-10: Pendle Midweek Tournament (AC) View details (AC)
  • 8-9: Blewbury Midweek Advanced (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 8-12: Sidmouth June Mid-Summer (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 10-12: Woking Advanced Open (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 11-12: Crake Valley Advanced (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 11-12: Edgbaston B-Level Advanced (AC) View details (AC)
  • 11-12: Newport B-Level (AC) Advanced Weekend View details (AC)
  • 11-12: Ryde Isle of Wight Annual AC Advanced Tournament View details (AC)
  • 11-12: York The Heart of Yorkshire Handicap Weekend View details (AC)
  • 23: Online Executive Board Meeting View details