Croquet at Ryde Lawn
The Club has four full sized croquet lawns maintained to a high standard with the help of a lot of volunteer labour.
Between April and October, there are three Club “Mix-ins” for Golf croquet on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. which include a break for afternoon tea.
Association Croquet “Mix-ins” are held Monday from 2 p.m. and Wednesday afternoon from 4 p.m.
Beginners are welcome and coaching is available for both Association or Golf Croquet, for those wishing to improve their game.
Tournaments are usually run annually; Golf Croquet tournaments in May, Handicap and Level play Association tournaments in June and Ryde Open Golf level play tournament in July. We also hold a preliminary round of the All England Handicap GC event.
The Club runs several internal tournaments during the year and teams are entered in the Southern Federation Croquet League and the Inter-Counties League as well as the Southern Challenge.
In recent years we have hosted a number of high profile CA tournaments, including the Ascot Cup, The Spencer Ell, The Treasurer’s Tankard and The President’s Cup, giving members the opportunity to observe, and sometimes take part in, matches with high ranking players.
In the autumn of 2009 an automatic irrigation system was installed by Watermation, which is invaluable during any dry summer episodes.
The Croquet Lawns and Clubhouse are also available for private hire and members can be available to explain the rules of the game. Afternoon teas or evening meals can be provided.
Contact the Croquet Secretary for more information.
- Croquet Association – This site gives an enormous amount of information about the game, rules, history, technical articles and an online shop.
- Southern Croquet Federation – This is the site of the local croquet federation for croquet in our area and it has a lot of useful information with regard to leagues, tournaments, croquet news, coaching links etc.
- Oxford Croquet – Another site covering all aspects of the game, including refereeing and lawn care.