Mt. Hood Resorts
What is Croquet?
Croquet is a game that was born in the British Isles in the mid 19th century. There are many variations of the game, from a light-hearted backyard version played on rough grass with very inexpensive equipment, to a serious game between the world’s best players on laser-flat turf courts. The basic object of the game is to hit your ball through “wickets” with a large mallet while also trying to knock your opponents balls out of play and making it harder for them to make it through the wickets before you.
Who Plays Croquet?
Croquet is a game for everyone. Because it is a game of intelligence rather than one of physical prowess, it appeals to all types of people. Men and women, old and young can play together. In fact, 43% of croquet players are women. You might also be surprised to learn that 300,000 backyard croquet sets are sold each year in the US. There are also around 5,000 competitive croquet players, and 300 officially sanctioned croquet clubs in this country today. In addition to the US, croquet is played in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil.
What is Needed to Play?
You need a large 40 x 50 ft flat grass court set up with either six or nine wickets. Players each need a ball and mallet for six or nine wicket games. Balls and mallets are shared in golf croquet. Flat shoes and comfortable clothing is also a must. The Resort provides everything you need, including court set-up and instruction, with the exception of shoes and clothing.
Variations of Croquet
- Backyard - this casual and social game has been around the US for over 100 years, and is played with inexpensive equipment on a home lawn. It is a great compliment to backyard gatherings.
- Nine-Wicket - backyard croquet is played with nine wickets, however, the same game can also be played on professional courts. Social tournaments are often nine-wicket because many people can play.
- Six-Wicket - more sophisticated than backyard croquet, this game requires heavier equipment, well-maintained, flat turf and a more intense sporting attitude. Six-wicket croquet, which involves intense strategy, is played mostly by competitive players.
- Golf Croquet - the simplest version of croquet, golf croquet is played with either six or nine-wickets. It is a perfect game for large groups, as it can be learned quickly, many people can play at once, and games can be played in a short amount of time.