Two forms of croquet are played in New Zealand. In Association Croquet (or Classic Croquet) the two balls of each side are hit through the six hoops twice in a defined sequence and onto the peg. Several hoops can be run in each turn and games can take up to three hours. In Golf Croquet each ball is hit in sequence. Golf croquet games can be over in less than half an hour to over one hour. Golf Croquet can be played effectively after a few minutes instruction.
Both can be played as singles where each player plays two balls or as doubles where each player plays only one ball.
Some players play one form or the other, but an increasing number play both forms.
Clubs usually have one or more club days where many members come to play. The number of club days, and whether association croquet or golf croquet or both are played vary with each club.
Full members can usually play at any time as long as other events are not organised.
Clubs welcome people to come and have a go. Someone will help learn the basics.
Why not try out FREE lessons programme.
Flat sole shoes (such as sneakers) must be worn to avoid damage to lawns. Clubs can supply mallets although most players buy their own after playing for a while. Balls and hoops are provided by the club. Some clubs may have a dress code but most are relaxed.
Costs are usually in the range of $70 to over $200. This may or may not include affiliation fees to the regional association and to the national body.
Green fees may apply to casual play, although some clubs will let prospective members trying it out to play a few times for no charge.
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