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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

Availability closes soon for Under-21 Golf Croquet World Championship (in NZ), and The English National GC Singles Championship (Ascot Cup) >>

Where are the top players?


  • 20-21: Cheltenham The GC Inter-County Championship (Division 1) View details (GC)
  • 20-21: Sussex County The GC Inter-County Championship (Division 2) View details (GC)

What's on?

  • 7-13: Balgreen Edinburgh Seven-Day Tournament View details (AC)
  • 12: Ashby Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 13: Ashby Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 13: Hamptworth Golf Croquet C-Level (7+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 13-14: Hunstanton The Hunstanton Golf Croquet Championship (Championship Series) View details (GC)
  • 13-14: Nailsea The Golf Croquet U25 Open Championship View details (GC)
  • 14: Hamptworth Golf Croquet C2B Level (5+) Tournament View details (GC)
  • 14: Sidmouth GC B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 9-14: Budleigh WCF World AC Team Championships Tiers 2 & 3 View details (AC)
  • 11-13: Sidmouth B-Level Advanced (AC) Weekend View details (AC)
  • 12-14: Hurlingham The Hurlingham Cup Open Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 13-14: Cheltenham The First Women's Six (The Barlow Bowl) View details (AC)
  • 13-14: Cheltenham The Second Women's Six (The Longman Bowl) View details (AC)
  • 13-14: Roehampton B-Level Advanced (AC) Weekend View details (AC)
  • 13-14: York The Yorkshire White Rose AC Open Tournament View details (AC)
  • 13-14: Surbiton Mac Squad Weekend View details (AC)
  • 13-14: Woking Summer Handicap (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 17: The Academy AC Supervised High-Bisque Tournament View details (Course)
  • 16: Nailsea Golf Croquet B-Level (3+) Series Tournament View details (GC)
  • 15-20: Nottingham Annual Week (AC) View details (AC)
  • 20-21: Bristol The Barbara Evans Trophy B-Level Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 20-21: Edgbaston Advanced Weekend (AC) View details (AC)
  • 20-21: Colchester Advanced Weekend (AC) Tournament View details (AC)
  • 23-24: Wrest Park Summer School of Croquet - AC & GC View details (Course)