It has just been announced that HRH The Duke of Gloucester is officially to open the 2019 Simon Carter Golf Croquet World Championship at the Sussex County Croquet Club.
The Sussex County Croquet Club held its first tournament at the current site 118 years ago with the Duke of Cambridge in attendance. It's a fitting tribute that the Royal Family are honouring the club by opening this World Championship.
The event is being held from Friday 26th July to Sunday 4th August and is being hosted at four clubs: Sussex County Croquet Club; West Worthing Croquet Club; Compton Croquet Club; and Royal Tunbridge Wells Croquet Club.
Eighty of the World's top players from at least 20 countries will battle it out over 9 days to determine the World Champion. The hard-hitting Egyptians are coming in force with at least 16 players qualifying for the Championship as well as a number of previous Champions.
Come and see the best players in the World in action. All four clubs are extending a warm welcome to all visitors. The is ample parking available at all four locations. All they ask is that you bring your own chairs due to limited seating availability.
The event schedule is as follows:
Fri 26th July - Opening Ceremony and players reception at Southwick (by invitation only)
Sat 27th to Wed 31st July - Block play at all 4 locations
Thu 1st August - First round of the Knockout at Sussex County (Southwick)
Fri 2nd August - Quarter Finals at Compton (Eastbourne)
Sat 3rd August - Semi Finals at Sussex County
Thu 1st to sat 3rd August - Plate and Bowl events at Sussex County & Compton
Sun 4th August - Finals of all events at Sussex County
Sussex County will have space available for coaches and mini buses. They will offering a fully licenced bar and a full catering service including a barbeque during the knockout stages.
For full details of the facilities at all the venues including travel options, directions and car park details see the GC Worlds website www.gcworlds2019.org
Entry will be by programme costing £5 at the gate.