What is Croquet and Why Play It?

What is croquet?

Croquet is a close cousin of golf and billiards, played on a grass court which measures 105 feet by 84 feet. Six wickets are laid out on the court, and each player uses a mallet to strike a ball with the aim of ‘running’ each wicket in a specified order and direction. The basics are easy to learn, yet there is always a new level for those who seek a challenge.

Each game is played with either 2 players (singles) or 4 players (doubles) and 4 colored balls are in play at all times.

There are different games of Croquet:

Golf Croquet is a highly social action game requiring both offensive and defensive strategies in a race to score more wickets than your opponents. It moves quickly with each player allowed one shot until all four balls are struck. Then the rotation begins again. You can knock opponents out of scoring position but cannot earn a run of multiple shots.

American Six-wicket Croquet is very much a deep strategy game, often with more thinking than ball striking. As with Golf Croquet, American is a race to outscore opponents, but players can earn extra shots when they score wickets or strike an opponent's ball. Intricate and highly challenging, American Croquet is to chess as Golf Croquet is to checkers. Players can go on lengthy runs, causing havoc and great excitement for their teams.

These two popular games are played during each session at the club with some people having strong preferences for one game over the other.

Nine-wicket Backyard Croquet is something of a recreational hybrid of both Golf and American games and can be played in unconventional "courts" in backyards of all kinds. The layout can be formal or informal, but the scoring and strategies are similar to its more highly rule-bound cousins.

Association Croquet is similar to American Croquet and is played around the world, known also as International Croquet.

We hope you will come join us and try croquet…

Why Play Croquet?

It's been called The Thinking Sport...

A game requiring:

Skill & Strategy

Suitable for:
Male & Female
Young & Old
Low-cost involvement

Competitive or Social?

There is room for both! Participation in croquet can be for a variety of reasons including:

Mental Stimulation

However, Croquet is keenly contested in tournaments at club, state, national and international levels and provides an opportunity to travel and meet new friends.

Croquet is a competitive sport with a relaxed, social atmosphere, and a strong tradition of sportsmanship. Today as many as 10,000 men and women play this sport.

What equipment do I need to play?

None, really. Our club will provide you with any necessary equipment. However, we recommend you bring water, a hat, and wear sunscreen.

Eventually you may want to purchase your own mallet. Choosing the proper mallet is a very personal decision as there are many types from which to choose. See our Resources section to explore the many options.

When do we play?

The Sandwich Croquet Club currently plays Tuesday, 2-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 4-5 p.m. lessons, 5-7 p.m. play; and Saturday, 10-12 p.m. , from May through October.

Beginning in May 2015, the courts are open for play to members (practice, pickup games, etc.) during daylight hours, when not used for scheduled group play, tournaments or maintenance. Courts will be closed for use on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings each week until noon for necessary maintenance.

Additional days of play will be added as needed. Participants on play days often enjoy a meal at the Clubhouse Grill, just a few steps from the courts.

Beginning lessons are available through the club. See Contact to make lesson arrangements or visit

Golf Croquet Tournaments are held several times throughout the summer.

On play days, participants often enjoy a snack or a meal at the Clubhouse Grill, just a few steps from the courts.

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