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The Rules of Golf Croquet

If you are new to the game, then you may find the synopsis of the game more appropriate.

A set of simplified basic rules is available, or you may be interested in 10-10 Golf Croquet.

The Rules of Golf Croquet

The Rules of Golf Croquet are the responsibility of the World Croquet Federation [WCF] Golf Croquet Rules Committee.

The WCF Council approved the 5th Edition of the Rules of Golf Croquet on 8 July 2018 and the Croquet Association has adopted the new Rules with effect from 1 March 2019.

Booklets for the 5th Edition will be available from the CA Shop well beforehand.

The 5th Edition does not make any noticeable change in the way Golf Croquet is played. Its three purposes are:

  • to make the Rules easier to use by improving the organisation and quality of the text;
  • to provide direction in situations that previous editions did not address; and
  • to remove some unnecessary inconveniences and complications in the Rules.

The 5th Edition may be found on the WCF website.

An explanatory guide to the changes in the 5th Edition can be found on the WCF website too.

Note that the Regulations for Tournaments apply to tournament play.

The Rules of Golf Croquet (4th Edition) applied from April 2014. They were also developed by the World Croquet Federation (WCF) and approved by CA Council. The WCF has also issued Official Rulings, which clarify some rules from practical experience.

A simplified guide to common errors and faults has been developed by Rob Weeks and colleagues at Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club.

Previous Versions

Previous versions of the rules, rulings and commentary are available in the rules archive.


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