Golf Croquet

A simple introduction


This popular game is played with four balls, Blue and Black versus Red and Yellow. Unlike Association Croquet, each turn consists of just one shot, and play is strictly in sequence: Blue, then Red, then Black, then Yellow and back from the top to Blue again.

All four balls attempt to get through Hoop 1. As soon as one ball is successful, that side scores a point, and attention passes to the next hoop in the sequence. The first side to seven points is the winner.

Hitting the opponent out of position (clearing) is legal. Players will often clear an opponent’s ball a big distance, in the hope of keeping it out of range of the next hoop. Tactical complexity arises out of blocking shots, and putting the other players out of position, while putting your partner into a better scoring opportunity.

A handicap system applies to level the playing field between players.  Play can be with two single players with two balls each or four double players with one ball each.

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There’s more detail about Golf Croquet here, or visit the Croquet Association website for the full World Croquet Federation Rules of Golf Croquet.