Peakland Croquet Club



Croquet is a satisfying sport utilising tactics and touch in equal measure. It can be enjoyed by all ages and sexes on an equal basis. Croquet combines strategy and touch and is a bit like snooker on grass or a combination of chess and golf.

  Patrick Hort playing at the Surbiton Croquet Club


A potted history of the game

Games in which a ball had to be knocked around a course of hoops or obstacles with a mallet were popular in seventeenth and eighteenth century France. One of them, "Paille Maille", was introduced to London, where it was played in open ground near St. James's Palace - later becoming known as Pall Mall.

Croquet became the sports craze of Victorian England with National Championships held at Wimbledon before the lawns there were transformed into the tennis courts of today.

Despite its genteel history, croquet is by no means simply the sporting diversion at vicarage garden parties which it is often portrayed as being. Clubs exist in every part of Britain and in many countries overseas. Both national teams and individuals compete at a variety of matches and tournaments every year. Nowadays, it is more popular than it has ever been since its introduction last century and it continues to be a fast-growing sport.


Tactics are very important in croquet, meaning that a person can take up the sport at any age and see steady improvement over a number of years. There is also a handicap system which allows newer players to have an even contest with more experienced players.

Croquet is one of the few sports where Great Britain are the current World Champions. In November 2006 the GB team convincingly defended their crown in a series of Test matches held in Australia against the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

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Croquet is an amateur sport with a national governing body called The Croquet Association. For more details visit