The Game of Golf Croquet
Golf Croquet is a game in itself, completely separate from
Association Croquet. Although it has a long history, it has
experienced a recent resurgence of interest at all levels.
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There are many Golf Croquet tournaments including a regular
World Championships, so it is not just a beginner's game.
It has a much simpler set of rules and therefore can be
learned more quickly than Association Croquet. Games are
generally more interactive and take less time to complete. This
makes it attractive to those who do not have the time to play
the association game, and beginners who can use it to acquire
some useful croquet skills.
The basics of the game
As in Association Croquet the blue and black balls play
against red and yellow (if you are using secondary colours then
it is green and brown, against pink and white - see below).
Games can either be singles or doubles. If it is doubles then
each of the two partners has one ball only.
Games of Golf croquet are started
from within a yard of the 4th corner.
Note: There are no yardlines in
Starting from corner 4. everyone is for the same hoop
(starting with hoop 1), and a point is scored for the side whose
ball first runs the hoop in order. To run a hoop in order means
to run it in the correct direction. The normal hoop order and
direction applies. The order and direction that hoops are played
are shown in the court diagram that appears with the laws.
Each person has only the one stroke in each turn. The balls
are played in colour sequence (blue, red, black, and then
yellow). This sequence is shown by the colours on the peg.
(If two games are being played on the same lawn then
different coloured balls are used for the second game - in
sequence green, pink, brown and white.)
Before the game there is a toss and the winner then plays
blue - the first ball towards hoop one, followed by the other
player(s) in the game. By the second turn it is usual to find
players trying to get right in front or even through the first
hoop. As soon as one player makes that hoop, then all players
contest the next in order.
If a player is unable to make a hoop, and sees that an
opponent might do so, there is a temptation to sneak towards the
next hoop in order. There are penalties for doing so - see Law
It is not necessary for a ball to go through a hoop in one
shot. Sticking in the jaws is O.K.until the next turn for that
ball, BUT an opponent is allowed to knock the ball out. If the
ball is knocked through the hoop by an opponent, the opponent
gives the first player the point.
Games can consist of the best of 7, 13 or (even) 19 hoops, so
that the first player to make 4, 7 or 10 hoops is the winner. In
the 19 point game, the first 12 hoops are run in order and the
next hoops are 3,4,1,2,11 and 12. If players are even up until
the last hoop, then the last hoop played in the 13 (and 19) hoop
games is hoop 3.