Welcome to Basingstoke Croquet Club
The Basingstoke Croquet Club season for 2022 starts this year on Monday 4th April. Hopefully this will be a full season with no covid restrictions. We welcome back all our current members and look forward to the opportunity to welcome new members either experienced or completely new to the game.
This site tells you about how to play croquet in Basingstoke.
There are two options:
option 1: if you want to play informal "Golf Croquet" you can join the U3A (University of the Third Age) who have use of the facilities on five half-days each week. Please see the separate U3A page for details.
option 2: Basingstoke Croquet Club offers the full range of croquet (explained below) and uses the lawn midweek and at weekends. See the separate Club page for details.
What is croquet?
There are two main types of croquet, both of which we play at the Club. Golf Croquet is a relatively simple game involving either two (singles) or four players (doubles) progressing their balls round the course. Association Croquet is rather more complicated and requires a variety of skills and a sense of tactics.
Croquet is rather like snooker played on a lawn. Instead of pockets on the table we have hoops and use mallets instead of a cue. In Association Croquet, just as in snooker, the idea is to build a “break” by putting your ball through the hoops in a certain order and using all the other three balls on the lawn. The Demonstration video gives you an idea of the game.
Who can play?
Anybody. Croquet is a game for all ages and both sexes, provided they can handle the mallet.
Do I need special kit?
No. You should wear flat soled shoes when on the lawn, otherwise just as you are. The club has some mallets for general use but most people eventually buy their own.
Where do we play?
We are co-located with the Thornycroft Bowls Club, St Andrew’s Road (off Pinkerton Road), South Ham, Basingstoke RG22 6PT. Park in the large car park on St Andrew’s Road at the end opposite the entrance. Walk down the path to your left and the Clubs are through the steel gate: turn right up the ramp.
When can I play?
Come to the Club on any Saturday morning from 10.00am to 1.00pm: you can learn more about the game, have a go and see if you like it.
Basingstoke Croquet Club is twinned with Boras Croquet Club (Boraskrocketsallskap) in Sweden (see boraskrocketsallskap.wordpress.com) and with the Coolum Croquet Club in Queensland, Australia (http://www.coolum.com.au/display_listing.asp?id=1464&catid=652&cattype). We welcome opportunities to twin with croquet clubs in other parts of the world.
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