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.
There are three main variants of the game played in the UK:
- Garden Croquet - simplified Association Croquet suitable for beginners to play in the garden
- Association Croquet - score many hoop points in a single turn by playing breaks
- Golf Croquet - one stroke per turn and when a hoop is scored all players move on to the next
- Short Croquet - a simplified version of Association Croquet played on half-size lawns.
For more background, see the introduction to croquet.